AVP Results: Rainy Finals in Fort Lauderdale
Published on April 19, 2010 by sprouticus · No Comments
Within the 2010 AVP debut were a lot of smaller debuts, each of which had its share of the spotlight this weekend.
- Misty May-Traenor/Nicole Branagh‘s partnership. This one was highly anticipated, and it was just what we all hoped: Misty’s still awesome, and Nicole can play with the best in the world without missing a beat. The pair didn’t lose a game all weekend and finished by beating Angie Akers and Tyra Turner 2-0 in a rainy final match.
- Aaron Wachtfogel launched a new line of volleyball-specific board shorts. Hans Stolfus loves them so much he can’t hardly stand it. If you feel the need for a high-performance volleyball short, check out this article, which includes a link for you to get on the mailing list to be notified when those of us who aren’t gold medal winners can score these shorts.
- The AVP’s new tournament bracket system. Designed to mix-up the match ups, this new system seems to be doing its job. Hans Stolfus does a good job summarizing the men’s side here.
- Nivea as the AVP sponsor. Free facials and foot rubs seem like an excellent compliment to a day at the beach, and the new sponsor seems pleased with the vibe and turnout in Florida.
- A final match (the men’s, between Dalhausser/Rogers and Fuerbring/Lucena) was canceled for the first time since 1996 due to weather. The teams each earn $17,500, which is halfway between the first and second place prize purses.
- The AVP signed a deal with Universal Sports to air matches that aren’t part of their ABC/ESPN2 deal. So that’s awesome. If it hadn’t been canceled, Sunday’s men’s final would have been the first thing to air under this deal.
Things that aren’t new: Phil Dalhausser and Todd Rogers were unstoppable, and there’s little doubt how the final would have gone if it had happened. How can these guys keep getting better? It’s amazing.
Next stop for the AVP: April 29-May 2 in Santa Barbara, CA.
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