AVP Huntington Beach Open Kicked-off with Qualifying Action Taking Place Today

Featured Players Include Three-Time Olympic Gold Medalist Kerri Walsh Jennings, Olympic Gold Medalists Todd Rogers and Phil Dalhausser, Olympic Silver Medalist April Ross, Two-Time Olympian Jake Gibb
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HUNTINGTON BEACH, Calif. - May 6, 2016 - PRLog -- Huntington Beach, the most frequent host to AVP tournaments in the United States, welcomed the 2016 AVP Pro Beach Volleyball Tour to California today with men's and women's open qualifying action being played throughout the day by teams fighting for coveted spots in the main draw. This marks the 16th time in the last 17 years that the popular ultimate beach festival has visited the Huntington Beach Pier on the Pacific Ocean.

Play in the 32-team (16 men and 16 women), double-elimination main-draw tournament begins Friday, May 6 at 9:30am featuring six American Olympians, including three teams likely to play in the Olympics again this year (Kerri Walsh-Jennings/April Ross; Phil Dalhausser/Nick Lucena; and Jake Gibb and Casey Patterson). Competition runs through Sunday's finals. Sunday also features special Mother's Day activations for all to enjoy

General admission is free for the AVP Huntington Beach Open, the second stop on the eight-city AVP Tour. Premium ticket packages are available for fans who want to enjoy the tournament in style at www.avp.com/tickets.

Today featured open qualifying action for both men and women, with 42 men's teams battling for four spots into the main draw, and 42 women's teams looking to secure four berths into their side of the competition.

The women's teams that advanced from open qualifying to the main draw were as follows:

• Taylor Nutterfield/Claire Smalzer
• Avery Bush/Carol Welcher
• Ali McColloch/Kelly Reeves
• Katie Jameson/Tracy Jones

The men's teams that advanced from open qualifying to the main draw were as follows:

• Miles Evans/Curt Toppel
• Avery Drost/Greg Waver
• Maddison McKibbin/Riley McKibbin
• Chase Frishman/Michael Brunstig

Results and brackets from Thursday's open qualifiers can be found here:

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