Seattle, Wash. (August 9, 2015) – April Ross, the 2012 Olympic beach volleyball silver medalist and 2016 Rio Games hopeful, teamed with Jennifer Fopma on Sunday to win the AVP Kingston Seattle Open.
Top-seeded Ross and Fopma beat third-seeded Summer Ross and Lane Carico, 21-18, 15-21, 15-13 in the women's final. For April Ross, it was her ninth victory in the last 10 AVP tournaments. Eight of those came with three-time Olympic gold medalist Kerri Walsh Jennings, who hasn't played since early July due to a shoulder injury but expects to return to the court later this month.
Misty May-Treanor, who won three Olympic gold medals alongside Walsh Jennings, tied for third in the AVP Seattle Open, marking her first competitive action since retiring after the gold-medal match at the 2012 London Olympics. Seeded 11th, May-Treanor and Brittany Hochevar beat teams seeded sixth, third and second before falling to Summer Ross and Carico in Sunday's semifinals.
Ryan Doherty and former Santa Monica College head men's volleyball coach John Mayer, seeded fourth, beat second-seeded Phil Dalhausser and Nick Lucena in the men's final, 20-22, 21-17, 15-13. It was the first AVP tournament victory for Doherty, a 7-foot-1 former minor-league pitcher who won 13 games in the Arizona Diamondbacks' system from 2005-07.
Doherty and Mayer beat the top three seeded teams in the men's bracket en route to their first tournament victory as partners.
Mayer won his third AVP tournament title and his first alongside Doherty. In three AVP tournaments together, they have been to two finals. Doherty made the semifinals for the eighth time in his last nine AVP tournaments, and snapped an 0-for-5 skid in championship matches.
Mayer is also coming off of a CCCAA State championship victory in April as head coach of the Corsairs.
The tournament marked the first time the AVP had played an event in Seattle in 25 years.
Updated main-draw brackets, including results and schedules, are available here:
Men – http://avp.com/stats/seattle-open/ (Click on "Winner's Bracket")
Women – http://avp.com/stats/seattle-open-2/ (Click on "Winner's Bracket")
The AVP thanks its partners – Kingston, the Seattle Sports Commission, Wilson, Barefoot Refresh, Jaybird, Paul Mitchell and Drip Drop – for their support of the AVP Kingston Seattle Open.
Play on the AVP Tour continues this week with the AVP Manhattan Beach Open Presented by Acer, scheduled for Thursday-Sunday (August 13-16) just south of the pier in Manhattan Beach, Calif.
ABOUT THE AVP
Established in 1983, the AVP (Association of Volleyball Professionals) produces, markets and distributes volleyball events worldwide, including the popular AVP Pro Beach Volleyball Tour. While promoting family-oriented events and supporting a healthy lifestyle, the AVP is best known for its world-class athletes, who have won numerous Gold, Silver and Bronze medals in the Olympic games. The AVP headquarters are in Costa Mesa, Calif.
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