AVP NYC Open Kicks-off with Qualifying Action on Customized Sand Courts along the Hudson River

AVPNYC_Qualifier_Cr. Mpu Dinani-15New York City welcomed the 2016 AVP Pro Beach Volleyball Tour to the Big Apple with men’s and women’s open Qualifying action being played throughout the day by teams fighting for coveted spots in the Main draw. Play in the 16-team, double-elimination Main-draw tournament begins tomorrow at 10:30am, and runs through Sunday’s finals, which will be played on Manhattan’s west side along Hudson River Park’s Piers 25 & 26.

Scheduled players for the Main draw on Friday include two of the four teams representing the red, white and blue in the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics – three-time Olympic gold medalist Kerri Walsh Jennings, Olympic silver medalist April Ross, Olympic gold medalist Phil Dalhausser, and future Olympian Nick Lucena as well as the number one seeded brothers Taylor and Trevor Crabb.

Today’s Qualifying action saw 34 men’s teams and 27 women’s teams battling along the Hudson for much sought-after spots into the Main draw. The women’s teams that advance to tomorrow’s Main Draw are:
Dana Fiume / Amanda Wiggins
Kelly Claes / Sara Hughes
Jace Pardon / Brittany Tiegs
Terri Del Conte / Summer Nash

The men’s teams that advance to tomorrow’s Main Draw are:
Paul Araiza / Alejandro Parra
Michael Brunsting / Chase Frishman
Orlando Irizarry / Roberto Rodriguez-Bertran
Maddison McKibbin / Riley McKibbin

Results and brackets from Thursday’s open Qualifiers can be found here:
Men: http://avp.com/stats/mens-new-york-open-2016/
Women: http://avp.com/stats/womens-new-york-open-2016/

Friday’s highlighted matches include:

11:35am: Top-seeded Kerri Walsh Jennings (3-time Olympic gold medalist) and April Ross (Olympic silver medalist) play a first-round match.

12:40pm: Top-seeded Crabb brothers (Traylor and Trevor) play a first-round match.

1:45pm: Second-seeded Phil Dalhausser (Olympic gold medalist) and Nick Lucena play a first-round match.

Main draw brackets, including results and schedules, are available at:
Men: http://avp.com/stats/mens-new-york-open-2016/
Women: http://avp.com/stats/womens-new-york-open-2016/

In addition to the world’s finest volleyball talent, the AVP NYC Open doubles as the ultimate beach festival with fun interactive activities, high energy music, great food and more. The AVP NYC Open is the fifth stop on the AVP’s 2016 schedule, and one of the last times fans can see the Olympians play before they head to Brazil. General Admission is free. Premium packages and VIP seating can be purchased at https://avp.ticketspice.com/new-york-ticketing. Matches will be streamed live at www.avp.com with the men’s and women’s Finals televised live on NBC.
“As the countdown to Rio continues, we’re excited to bring the AVP and our Olympians to New York City,” said Donald Sun, Managing Partner of the AVP. “New York is an iconic sports town with premier professional teams, world-class stadiums and passionate fan base. We’re thrilled to give New Yorkers who appreciate an entertaining atmosphere and superior play the opportunity to experience our incredible sport and amazing athletes up close.”
The AVP thanks its partners: Barefoot, Jaybird, Samuel Adams, Smartypants Vitamins, Wilson and nycgo for their support of the AVP New York City Open.

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