Updates for AVP’s 2020 season and the COVID-19 implications.


Play at Bradford Beach in Milwaukee Continues with Semifinals and Finals:

AVPNext got underway last Thursday at Bradford Beach as 25 teams looked for a shot to be named the Milwaukee champ.

On the men’s side, 16 teams began play as two rounds were completed. Top-seeded duo Billy Kolinske and TJ Cloud put away two opponents to advance on to the semifinals where they will face the four seed Tom Kohler and Michael Boag.

On the other half of the bracket, second-seeded pair Dan Buehring and Matt McCarthy advanced through to the semifinals where they will face the six seed Miguel Calvillo and Spencer Sauter, who upset Kyle Buckley and Nick Momcilovic (No.3 seed) in the quarterfinals.

On the women’s side, nine teams competed as the bracket featured one play-in match between No. 8 and 9 seeds. Eighth-seeded duo Heather Schrader and Carol Henney advanced, but came up short in the next round against the top seeded team of Caley Redden and Branagan Fuller.

The four seed, Elizabeth Koberstein and Lindsey Gosh, then put away the five seed, Claire Carbonneau and Heidy Salamone, to set up a semifinal contest against Redden and Fuller.

On the other half of the bracket, No. 2 seed Kerri Schuh and Yvonne Martin advanced to the semifinals with a win over the seven seed Jayme Wittke and Laura Voith. They will meet the three seed Heidi Pfeiffer and Jena Berg, who won over Candice McNally and Cherie Stoffa (No. 6 seed).

The semifinals and championship matches for both men and women will take place this Thursday (June 26). The AVPNext Milwaukee champion from each gender will receive a $500 cash prize as well as a trip to the AVPNext Championship Cup on September 18 in Huntington Beach to compete against the winners from the other seven regions.

AVPNext Salt Lake City Begins:

Salt Lake City becomes the fifth AVPNext market to begin series play as Wasatch Beach has designated its second summer session of league play to determine the champion from each gender.

Women’s play commenced on Tuesday (June 24) and will continue each Tuesday night until a winner is determined on Wednesday, August 6 on the final night of play.

Play for the men begins Wednesday (June 25) and follows the same format as the women with play continuing each week until the champion is crowned on August 6.

Eight women’s teams and 22 men’s teams will compete each week with the goal of being named the AVPNext Salt Lake City Champion.

Play Resumes in Arizona and Florida:

Tournaments in Scottsdale, Ariz. and Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. will commence once again this weekend.

It is the second of four AVPNext tournaments in the Phoenix area as a single-elimination one-day tournament will be held Saturday at the Scottsdale Ranch Park.

The tournament in South Florida marks the start of the second half of the AVPNext season as the last three tournaments will be held in Fort Lauderdale. Open play for both men and women will take place on Saturday while junior’s competition closes out the weekend on Sunday.

Registration for both tournaments is still open. To play in Scottsdale, register at http://www.ryanmariano.com/avpnext-sign-up-page.html. To compete in Fort Lauderdale, register at https://flbeachvolleyball.com/fbv_register.aspx?eventid=67.