If anybody is tired of hearing about Phil Dalhausser and Todd Rogers dominating the men’s brackets, this is your weekend. The duo is out of the country playing in an FIVB event in Prague, so we’ll have new winners in the men’s tournament for this first time this year.
For some interesting history of winners during the absence of the Beast and the Professor in previous years, check out the AVP Preview of Virginia Beach. The men’s final will air on Universal Sports Sunday at 4pm Eastern.
The women’s bracket is at full strength in Virginia Beach, with no conflicting FIVB nabbing some of the top talent. Strong combos in the form of May-Traenor/Branagh, Kessy/Ross, Davis/Johnson-Jordan and several others should make for a weekend of long, intense women’s volleyball, culminating in the championship broadcast on ESPN2 this Sunday at 2pm Eastern.
If you missed Huntington beach two weekends ago, you’ll be shocked to hear that Dalhausser and Rogers took home first place on the men’s side (insert sarcasm here). April Kessy and Jennifer Ross took down Misty May-Traenor and Nicole Branagh in three games to take home top honors on the women’s side. Recent new mom Kerri Walsh contributed commentary – I wonder how utterly difficult it was for her to watch her former partner lose in the finals?
Maybe this weekend will see Misty back on top, but the fight for the finals on the women’s side is a much more even match up this year. With Davis/Johnson Jordan, Akers/Turner, Young/Scott and DeNecochea/Hochevar all potential finalists, it’s anybody’s guess how Virginia Beach will end up.
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