2019-05-15T17:53:36Z 2019-05-15T17:53:36Z

Coming Up - Austin Open, AVP Pro Beach Volleyball in Austin, Texas from May 17 - 19

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Pri Piantadosi-Lima at the 2018 AVP Austin Open (Ralph Arvesen)

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

Online
Watch all of the AVP action each day on Amazon Prime Video, where we will be livestreaming three courts with on-court interviews, commentary & analysis from Kevin Barnett, Camryn Irwin & Dain Blanton, and exclusive athlete segments.

Tune in to NBCSN on Sunday, May 19th at 10:00pm to witness the top beach volleyball athletes in the world battle it out in the finals at Austin, Texas.

Texas athletes
  • Amanda Dowdy (Lexington) - Was a four-year starter at Texas Tech. She was selected as the 2008 All-Big 12 Freshman of the Year and earned First-Team All-Big 12 honors in both 2010 and 2011. In 2010 she set the school record for most kills in a match with 37 against Colorado. She left as the all-time kill leader for the Red Raiders. Following college she played professionally indoors for the Bundesliga in Germany in 2011-12, then played professionally in Puerto Rico in 2013. She began playing beach volleyball in 2012 to stay in shape for indoors, but in the summer of 2013 decided to only pursue beach volleyball and joined the AVP Pro Tour.
  • Irene Pollock - Was an All-Conference player at Texas Christian University, and led the team in points, kills, and aces. She went on to play indoor professionally in the top league in Switzerland and has finally made the full transition to the beach.
  • Kelly Reeves - Kelly is originally from San Diego but will have a cheering section made up of family making their way to Austin from Dallas. She is the daughter of Olympic Indoor Volleyball star Jeanne Reeves who was her coach and a member of the 1984 U.S. Olympic Women's Volleyball Team that won silver that year. Jeanne was an All-American at UCLA and Kelly followed her mother’s footsteps as an outside hitter at UCLA, where she was named First Team All-PAC-12 in 2011 when she led the team to a National Championship. She made her debut on the AVP Tour (Huntington) in 2016, playing in six tournaments, top finish of fifth on two occasions; and named Newcomer of the Year.

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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