Olympians Dalhausser/Lucena, Fendrick/Sweat Win AVP Championships Presented By Acer
2016 Rio U.S. Beach Volleyball Reps Take Season-Ending Titles at the AVP Championships
By: AVP (Association of Volleyball Professionals)
Dalhausser and Lucena, playing in their 34th AVP tournament together, advanced to the finals by outlasting Ryan Doherty and John Mayer in a semifinal that lasted 80 minutes, the Olympians finally emerging victorious, 19-21, 21-17, 19-17. The pair, who began their AVP careers playing with each other from 2003-2005 and 2015-present, clinched their 4th AVP win together to close out the 2016 AVP season.
Fendrick and Sweat capped an improbable run through the Contenders Bracket which saw them win five matches on Friday and Saturday after falling in their first main draw match on Friday. They then upended previously unbeaten Ali McColloch and Geena Urango, 21-11, 23-21, to advance to the final. Playing in their 9th AVP tournament together and 40th time overall, this marks the duo's first AVP win of the 2016 season.
Results and brackets from the event can be found here:
The AVP thanks its partners: Acer, Barefoot, Breville Jaybird, Samuel Adams, Smartypants Vitamins, Obrigado, Ocean Spray, Powercrunch and Wilson for their support of the AVP Championships.
ABOUT THE AVP:
The AVP, completing its 33rd season, is the premiere American professional beach volleyball tour and exclusive U.S. beach volleyball home of the nation's top male and female athletes, including those who have won gold, silver and bronze medals in the Olympic Games. Under the ownership of Donald Sun since 2012, the AVP held seven tournaments across the U.S. in 2014, eight in 2015 and eight this year.