2019-05-15T17:55:12Z 2019-05-15T17:55:12Z

AVP Beach Volleyball Olympians, at the 2019 Austin Open, Going for More in Tokyo 2020

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The AVP Tour is home to numerous Olympians and future hopefuls. With the Tokyo Summer Olympic Games less than 18 months away, several male and female players are battling to secure one of the two spots allowed maximum per country per gender. This will be the seventh time beach volleyball will be featured in the Olympics since starting in 1996.

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Phil Dalhuasser won a gold medal in 2008, finished ninth in the 2012 Olympics and finished fifth in the 2016 Olympics. At 6’ 9”, age 39 and 56 AVP Championships under his belt, Phil and partner Nick Lucena are  still the dominant force on the AVP Tour.

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April Ross earned a silver medal from the 2012 Olympic Games and a bronze medal from the 2016 Olympic games. In 2020,she’s going for gold. Ross is 6’ 1”, 36 years old, and has 34 AVP Championships.

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Nick Lucena finished fifth in the 2016 Olympic Games with partner, Phil Dalhausser. At 6’ 1”, 39 years old and 13 AVP Championships, the father of two and Phil are still the team to beat on the AVP Tour.

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Casey Patterson partnered with Jake Gibb at the 2016 Olympic Games. He’s 6’ 6”, 39 years old, the father of four and has 14 AVP Championships. Patterson was diagnosed with Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis two months before the 2016 Olympic Games and has adjusted his diet to combat this condition, while competing at an elite level This year, Casey is partnering with former NBA veteran Chase Budinger.

Sean “Superman” Rosenthal competed at the 2008 and 2012 Olympic Games with Jake Gibb. He’s 6’ 3”, age 38 and has 12 AVP Championships.

Jake Gibb competed at the 2008, 2012 and 2016 Olympic Games and is aiming for his first Olympic medal in his fourth Olympic attempt. At 6’ 7”, age 43 and 31 AVP Championships later, he’s stronger than ever. Jake is also a two-time cancer survivor (testicular and skin) and is a strong advocate for skin protection from the sun.

Other Olympic hopefuls include Emily DayBetsi Flint, Sara HughesSummer Ross, Kelly Claes, Sarah Sponcil, Tri Bourne, Trevor Crabb, Chase Budinger, Reid Priddy, and Theo Brunner.

AVP's second stop on the 2019 Tour is to the second largest state in the country, Texas. The capital city of Austin playing host to high-level volleyball is nothing new to the area. Combine a passionate fanbase with the country’s top pro beach volleyball athletes, and a little extra sprinkle of that Austin-weird, this tournament is sure to be one of the can’t-miss stops on tour.

General admission is free, but for an elevated experience at the Austin Open, purchase your VIP tickets here. The 2019 Austin Open will be made up of 16 Main Draw teams for both men and women, 10 auto entries, 2 wild cards, and 4 qualifier teams. Athletes are competing for a slice of the $150,000 in prize money.

Where
Krieg Fields at 515 South Pleasant Valley Road, Austin, TX, 78741

When
Friday May 17, 9am - 6pm
Opening Rounds

Saturday May 18, 9am - 6pm
Elimination Rounds

Sunday May 19, 9am - 5pm
Semi-Finals & Finals

Photos and results from the 2018 Austin Open
Qualification Rounds in Austin, Texas
Day One in Austin, Texas
Open Eliminations in Austin, Texas
Crowns Defending Champions in Challenging Weather Conditions in Austin, Texas

About AVP
Established in 1983 and currently headquartered in Southern California, the AVP (Association of Volleyball Professionals) is the world's premier beach volleyball organization. The brand has a 30-plus year rich history in creating, staging and marketing some of the most innovative and engaging sporting events in North America, and has developed an annual circuit that is not just a sporting event but a lifestyle as well. The AVP has been the home of some of the most respected athletes in professional sports, including gold medalists Karch Kiraly, Kent Steffes, Misty May-Treanor, Kerri Walsh-Jennings, Todd Rogers and Phil Dalhausser. The AVP today is comprised of four divisions: AVP Academy, AVPNext, the AVP Pro Tour and their non-profit 501(c)3 organization, AVPFirst. For more information, visit www.avp.com.

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