AVP St. Petersburg Open set for Spa Beach Park and will feature
three-time Olympic gold medalist Kerri Walsh Jennings, other Olympic beach volleyball stars, local standouts Raquel Ferreira and Brooke (Youngquist) Sweat
St. Pete’s Raquel Ferreira Olympic gold medalist Phil Dalhausser
Three-time Olympic gold medalist Kerri Walsh Jennings A full house for the 2013 men’s championship match
(All photos credit AVP/Mpu Dinani. High-resolution photos available upon request.)
The world’s best beach volleyball players descend on Spa Beach Park for the AVP (Association of Volleyball Professionals) St. Petersburg Open, May 29-June 1. Three-time Olympic gold medalist Kerri Walsh-Jennings headlines a field that includes Olympics stars April Ross, Phil Dalhausser, Todd Rogers and Jake Gibb as well as local standout Raquel Ferreira, a St. Pete resident. The beach party atmosphere includes great music, food and interactive activities.
(See below for more information and background)
WHEN: Thursday, May 29 – Sunday, June 1
· Thursday – open qualifying tournament (all day)
· Friday – start of main-draw play for AVP pros (10 a.m.-4 p.m.)
· Saturday – continuation of main-draw play for AVP pros (9 a.m.-5 p.m.)
· Sunday –men’s and women’s final rounds; finals televised live on CBS Sports Network (8:30 a.m.-3 p.m.)
WHERE: Spa Beach Park
615 2nd Ave. NE
St. Petersburg, FL 33701
WHAT: The AVP (Association of Volleyball Professionals) Tour returns to St. Petersburg for the second straight year, as the best professional beach volleyball players in the world compete for $150,000 in prize money in the tour’s season-opening tournament.
Approximately 2,000 tons of sand will be dumped in Spa Beach Park to create four competition courts, and a temporary stadium will be built for the tournament.
Fans attending the AVP St. Petersburg Open will be treated to four days of world-class beach volleyball competition featuring Olympic champions and world-renowned athletes competing in an unmatched beach-party atmosphere filled with great food, music and interactive activities. The tournament’s main draw will feature a field of 16 two-player men’s teams and 16 two-player women’s teams.
Local hopefuls can earn entry into the competition through an open qualifying tournament, which will be held Thursday, May 29.
WHO: Men’s and women’s beach volleyball stars:
· Kerri Walsh Jennings (three-time Olympic gold medalist) and partner April Ross (2012 Olympic silver medalist
· Phil Dalhausser (2008 Olympic gold medalist) and partner Sean Rosenthal (two-time Olympian)
· Jake Gibb (two-time Olympian) and partner Casey Patterson – the duo won four of the AVP’s seven tournaments last season
· Todd Rogers (2008 Olympic gold medalist) and partner Ryan Doherty (a 7-foot-1 former minor-league pitcher)
· Summer Ross and partner Emily Day, the AVP’s hottest young stars . Many are projecting them as 2016 Olympians.
· Up-and-coming AVP stars like Lane Carico, Tri Bourne and Theo Brunner
· Local stars Raquel Ferreira and Brooke Sweat. Ferreira lives in St. Pete and runs a volleyball academy. Sweat is originally from Ft. Myers.
TICKETS: Information on tickets is available at www.AVP.com
Dates Event Location
May 29–June 1 St. Pete Open Spa Beach Park (St. Petersburg, Fla.)
July 3–6 Milwaukee Open Bradford Beach (Milwaukee)
Aug. 7–10 Salt Lake City Open Liberty Park (Salt Lake City)
Aug. 14–17 Manhattan Beach Open South Side of Pier (Manhattan Beach, Calif.)
Aug. 28–Aug. 31 Cincinnati Open Lindner Family Tennis Center (Mason, Ohio)
Sept. 5–7 DO AC Pro Beach Volleyball Invitational New Jersey Avenue and the boardwalk adjacent to Showboat
and Revel (Atlantic City, N.J.)
Sept. 25–28 AVP Championships at Huntington Beach North Side of Pier (Huntington Beach, Calif.)