Celebrate on the sand

First-time winner in the Beach Volleyball

In the Girl’s U15 division, Manhattan Beach’s Olivia Bakos and Peri Brennan, of Laguna Beach, dominated the competition defeating Kate Reilly  and Makenna Gaeta 21-16, 21-14 in the championship match. Redondo Beach’s Ryan Griffiths and Calista Wright was placed in the third spot of U15 division.

Winning in the HP champs was one of the many very unforgettable goals I wanted to accomplish in my life and this summer, And this is was my first year being a part of the USA National Team and it was a fantastic experience. The coaching was amazing and I enjoyed playing with my teammates.

From seasoned veterans to the next generation of beach volleyball stars, many players enjoyed first time wins in prestigious tournaments held on South Bay beaches.

A reunion of former teammates helped ease the pain of not qualifying for the Rio de Janeiro Olympic Games when Emily Day and Brittany Hochevar won their first AVP Manhattan Beach Open title in dramatic fashion.

Seeded sixth, Day and Hochevar upset top seeds Lane Carico and Summer Ross 21-16, 19-21, 19-17 in a classic match that had 11 ties in the third set.

“Winning the Manhattan Beach Open has always been a goal of mine so this is the highlight of my career so far,” Day said. “It’s an amazing feeling to be with all of the other elite players,. I’m very honored..”

The Manhattan Beach Open celebrated its 57th year and the crowd in the packed stadium erupted on nearly every point with Torrance native Day (West High) and Manhattan Beach’s Carico (Mira Costa) each having numerous friends and family members in attendance.

Day said her group of supporters, known as Em’s Entourage, totalled at least 45 people including family and friends from middle school and high school.

“It was so much fun celebrating with them at Shellback Tavern after the match,” Day said. “It was special being at the Championship Table.”

For Day and Hochevar, the win marked their first AVP title together after teaming for a few tournaments in the past, but the championship did not come easy.

The pair had to fight their way out of the Contender’s Bracket after losing to Olympians and third seeds Lauren Fendrick and Brooke Sweat.

In a semifinal showdown between the two men’s teams representing the U.S. in the Olympics, Phil Dalhausser re-injured a calf he had hurt earlier in the season during international competition.

With the Rio Games only three weeks away, he and partner Nick Lucena felt it better to be safe than sorry and decided to forfeit the match to Jake Gibb and Casey Patterson.

Gibb and Patterson advanced to the finals defeating third-seeded Tri Bourne and John Hyden 17-21, 21-18, 16-14 to claim the men’s championship.

Bourne, a Redondo Beach resident, was seeking his first Manhattan Beach Open title win while Hyden, the oldest player on the AVP tour at the age of 43, was aiming for his third championship of the tournament.

The victory marked the third Manhattan Beach Open title for Gibb but first for Patterson who, after scoring the winning point, immediately ran into the front row of seats to join beach volleyball legends such as Tim Hovland, Jim Menges, Steve O’Bradovich and Randy Stoklos, indicating that his name will be placed on the pier among the greats of the game.

Between the men’s and women’s finals, Todd Rogers was honored, as the 42-year-old known as “The Professor” had announced his retirement prior to the tournament. He and partner Stafford Slick finished seventh at this year’s Manhattan Beach Open.

The National Volleyball  League returned to Hermosa Beach for its  West Coast Championships won by the men’s and women’s teams of Dave Palm/Eric Zaun and Raquel Ferreira and Karolina Marciniak, respectively.

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