Beach Blanketed With Pro Volleyball
Top-seeded Misty May-Treanor and Kerri Walsh took home the title, as well as the $25,000 first prize money, at the AVP Brooklyn Open Sunday in Coney Island, as they defeated third-seeded Jennifer Boss and Rachel Wacholder in two straight games, 21-14, 21-13. May-Treanor and Walsh reached the final via a forfeit by second-seeded Elaine Youngs and Nicole Branagh.
Hundreds of fans packed the temporary stands erected on the beach to see the top women's and men's teams compete in AVP's first-ever competition in New York City.
"Misty and I went down in the history books as winning the first Coney Island event," Walsh said. "We love New York and to be able to do our job in this city is amazing."
The win gives May-Treanor and Walsh the most victories in one season in the history of the AVP tour. The duo swept the match and was dominant against Boss and Wacholder, who were playing in their first final. This was only the second tournament that Boss and Wacholder teamed up.
May-Treanor and Walsh entered the final following a win by forfeit in the semifinals against Elaine Youngs and Nicole Branagh. Youngs and Branagh were forced to withdraw from the match due to an injury suffered by Branagh. Boss and Wacholder defeated Nancy Mason and Tyra Turner in the other women's semifinal, 21-16, 21-18. Boss and Wacholder were undefeated in the Brooklyn Open prior to their loss in the final to May-Treanor and Walsh.
On the men's side, Mike Lambert and Stein Metzger won the men's title on Saturday, defeating Jake Gibb and Sean Rosenthal, 21-19, 21-17. With the victory, Lambert and Metzger ex-tended their lead in the race for the Crocs over Phil Dalhausser and Todd Rogers. The win was the fourth of the season for Lambert and Metzger.