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August 11, 2007
MANHATTAN BEACH — Top-seeded Misty May-Treanor and fifth-seeded April Ross will meet today at the Manhattan Beach Open, the last Southern California stop on the Assn. of Volleyball Professionals tour. The pair of Newport Harbor High graduates, who will face off in the winner's bracket fourth round this morning, breezed through the early rounds with their partners Friday at the Manhattan Beach pier without dropping a game. Two locals will also face each other in the men's winner's bracket third round, with seventh-seeded Estancia High product Matt Fuerbringer and partner Casey Jennings facing No. 2-seeded Jake Gibb, a Costa Mesa resident, and partner Sean Rosenthal.
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August 27, 2012
UC Irvine graduate Whitney Pavlik and partner Jenny Knopp won their fifth Jose Cuervo Pro Beach Volleyball event in six tries this season on Sunday, claiming the top prize at the Manhattan Beach Open. Pavlik and Knopp defeated Brooke Sweat and Jennifer Fopma, 21-17, 21-16, in the final to share the $11,000 first prize. Pavlik had 12 kills and three aces in the final and finished with 37 kills and eight aces in three wins on Sunday. Pavlik and Knopp also won the Manhattan Beach Open in 2011.
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July 20, 2009
MANHATTAN BEACH — Costa Mesa resident Jake Gibb and Corona del Mar resident Sean Rosenthal won their first Assn. of Volleyball Professionals Manhattan Beach Open title as a team Sunday. Gibb and Rosenthal, the Beijing Olympians and third seeds, beat the No. 5-seeded team of Matt Olson and Kevin Wong, 21-17, 23-21. “This was the biggest win of our partnership, and my career, hands down,” said Gibb, who won the Manhattan Beach Open in 2005 with Stein Metzger.
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August 14, 2006
MANHATTAN BEACH — Newport Harbor High product Misty May-Treanor teamed with Kerri Walsh to defeat Elaine Youngs and Nancy Mason, 21-13, 21-17, in the women's title match of the Assn. of Volleyball Professionals Manhattan Beach Open beach tournament on Saturday. May-Treanor and Walsh split $25,000 for defending their Manhattan Beach Open title. They have now won nine of 11 AVP events this season. Costa Mesa resident Mike Lambert and partner Stein Metzger were defeated, 22-20, 21-23, 15-11, by Phil Dalhausser and Todd Rogers in the men's final Sunday.
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July 10, 2009
BELGRADE, Serbia — John Mann, a former Corona del Mar High standout, scored six goals to lead Team USA to an 11-8 victory over Italy at the World University games Friday. The United States will wrap up competition in the tournament on Sunday, as the Americans compete for fifth place with an opponent to be determined, most likely Hungary. Against Italy, Team USA was efficient on power plays going four for eight, while Italy strugged at two for seven. One big 5K at OC Fair coming Sunday Runners can be a part of the opening celebration of the Orange County Fair.
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By Dave Thorpe | August 11, 2006
Professional beach volleyball star Mike Lambert, who has lived in Costa Mesa for 1 1/2 years, decided to move to the area for very specific reasons. "The good surf," Lambert said. "The [volleyball] courts close by in Huntington Beach where I can train. Housing is more affordable than in the South Bay. And there's some great neighborhoods in Costa Mesa that are ideal for raising kids." Lambert has a 13-month-old daughter, Sveva, with his Italian wife, Deborah. He also boasts a string of 10 straight semifinal appearances on the Assn.
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By Matt Szabo | August 12, 2007
MANHATTAN BEACH — Newport Harbor High alumna April Ross has it as a goal to make it to the semifinals or finals of every tournament she plays. Sure, Ross and partner Jen Boss were the fifth-seeded team at the Manhattan Beach Open, so a 21-17, 14-21, 22-20 loss to No. 2-seeded Nicole Branagh and Elaine Youngs in the contender's bracket sixth round was about what they could probably expect. But knowing that Ross and Boss were ahead for much of the third game of that match before ultimately falling was what was frustrating for Ross.
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By Dominic Perrone | August 10, 2006
It was more an accumulation of things. And before April Ross knew it, indoor volleyball was the version of the sport she looked down upon and beach volleyball was where her future lay. Ross dominated the hard courts from her days of powering Newport Harbor High to back-to-back CIF Division I state championships to leading USC to a pair of national championships. A 6-foot-1 outside hitter, she has been named national player of the year at both the high school and college levels.
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July 6, 2009
Newport Harbor High product April Ross and former UC Irvine player Ty Loomis each earned beach volleyball tournament titles in separate events over the weekend. Ross, playing with Jen Kessy, defeated Brazilians Juliana Felisberta Silva and Larissa Franca, 30-28, 23-21, in a 58-minute final Saturday to claim the women’s crown of the Swatch Federation Internationale de Volleyball World Championships in Stavanger, Norway. Loomis, paired with Casey Patterson, upset top-seeded John Hyden and Sean Scott, 26-24, 21-19, to capture the Assn.
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By Soraya Nadia McDonald | August 9, 2007
The wind blowing off the Pacific was the loudest sound at Sorrento Beach, where beach volleyball's living legend sat beneath a tent. He's a pro, for sure. Three Olympic gold medals earns the sort of credibility that doesn't just disintegrate into the sand. At 46, Karch Kiraly has finally decided to retire from the Assn. of Volleyball Professionals tour, and Wednesday afternoon was a mile marker, a point where it's finally begun to sink in that yes, Kiraly is really walking away.
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August 27, 2013
MANHATTAN BEACH - Apparently, retirement is merely a state of mind for Estancia High product Matt Fuerbringer, who five months after "retiring" from beach volleyball to become an assistant coach with the U.S. men's national indoor team, won the prestigious Assn. of Volleyball Professionals Manhattan Beach Open on Sunday. Fuerbringer, teamed with Casey Jennings, upset top-seeded Phil Dalhausser and Sean Rosenthal, 21-18, 21-23, 15-12, in an 86-minute final. With the victory, Fuerbringer and Jennings split $20,000.
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August 27, 2012
UC Irvine graduate Whitney Pavlik and partner Jenny Knopp won their fifth Jose Cuervo Pro Beach Volleyball event in six tries this season on Sunday, claiming the top prize at the Manhattan Beach Open. Pavlik and Knopp defeated Brooke Sweat and Jennifer Fopma, 21-17, 21-16, in the final to share the $11,000 first prize. Pavlik had 12 kills and three aces in the final and finished with 37 kills and eight aces in three wins on Sunday. Pavlik and Knopp also won the Manhattan Beach Open in 2011.
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By BY TONY LEE | August 8, 2009
HERMOSA BEACH — The local-based duo of Jake Gibb and Sean Rosenthal will have to show some fight today if they want to win back-to-back Assn. Volleyball Professional beach tour events. The Manhattan Beach champs did find some fire in their last match Saturday at the Hermosa Beach Open and are still alive, playing in today’s contender’s bracket finals. If they win they advance to the semifinals, where the No. 2-seeded team of John Hyden and Sean Scott will be waiting.
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July 20, 2009
MANHATTAN BEACH — Costa Mesa resident Jake Gibb and Corona del Mar resident Sean Rosenthal won their first Assn. of Volleyball Professionals Manhattan Beach Open title as a team Sunday. Gibb and Rosenthal, the Beijing Olympians and third seeds, beat the No. 5-seeded team of Matt Olson and Kevin Wong, 21-17, 23-21. “This was the biggest win of our partnership, and my career, hands down,” said Gibb, who won the Manhattan Beach Open in 2005 with Stein Metzger.
SPORTS
July 10, 2009
BELGRADE, Serbia — John Mann, a former Corona del Mar High standout, scored six goals to lead Team USA to an 11-8 victory over Italy at the World University games Friday. The United States will wrap up competition in the tournament on Sunday, as the Americans compete for fifth place with an opponent to be determined, most likely Hungary. Against Italy, Team USA was efficient on power plays going four for eight, while Italy strugged at two for seven. One big 5K at OC Fair coming Sunday Runners can be a part of the opening celebration of the Orange County Fair.
LOCAL
July 6, 2009
Newport Harbor High product April Ross and former UC Irvine player Ty Loomis each earned beach volleyball tournament titles in separate events over the weekend. Ross, playing with Jen Kessy, defeated Brazilians Juliana Felisberta Silva and Larissa Franca, 30-28, 23-21, in a 58-minute final Saturday to claim the women’s crown of the Swatch Federation Internationale de Volleyball World Championships in Stavanger, Norway. Loomis, paired with Casey Patterson, upset top-seeded John Hyden and Sean Scott, 26-24, 21-19, to capture the Assn.
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By Matt Szabo | August 13, 2007
MANHATTAN BEACH — The Manhattan Beach Open, the last Southern California stop of the Assn. of Volleyball Professionals tour, has been called many things. It has been called the Super Bowl of pro beach volleyball, the Wimbledon of the sand, the "Grand-daddy of them all." Before the men's final on Sunday, the announcer pumped up the crowd. "It's the men's final; it's a Sunday at the Manhattan Open," he said. "There's nowhere you'd rather be." Definitely true for Costa Mesa residents Jake Gibb and Mike Lambert.
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By Matt Szabo | August 12, 2007
MANHATTAN BEACH — Maybe Misty May-Treanor should take up art when her professional volleyball days are over. After all, May-Treanor is getting mighty used to etching her name in the Manhattan Beach pier, the tradition for winning the Assn. of Volleyball Professionals' Manhattan Beach Open. The Newport Harbor High alumna and partner Kerri Walsh had to sweat for it, but they did it again after winning the tour's most prestigious tournament for the third straight year. The top-seeded duo outlasted No. 2-seeded Nicole Branagh and Elaine Youngs, 15-21, 14-7 (ret.
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By Matt Szabo | August 12, 2007
MANHATTAN BEACH — Newport Harbor High alumna April Ross has it as a goal to make it to the semifinals or finals of every tournament she plays. Sure, Ross and partner Jen Boss were the fifth-seeded team at the Manhattan Beach Open, so a 21-17, 14-21, 22-20 loss to No. 2-seeded Nicole Branagh and Elaine Youngs in the contender's bracket sixth round was about what they could probably expect. But knowing that Ross and Boss were ahead for much of the third game of that match before ultimately falling was what was frustrating for Ross.
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August 11, 2007
MANHATTAN BEACH — Top-seeded Misty May-Treanor and fifth-seeded April Ross will meet today at the Manhattan Beach Open, the last Southern California stop on the Assn. of Volleyball Professionals tour. The pair of Newport Harbor High graduates, who will face off in the winner's bracket fourth round this morning, breezed through the early rounds with their partners Friday at the Manhattan Beach pier without dropping a game. Two locals will also face each other in the men's winner's bracket third round, with seventh-seeded Estancia High product Matt Fuerbringer and partner Casey Jennings facing No. 2-seeded Jake Gibb, a Costa Mesa resident, and partner Sean Rosenthal.
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