Some events of the past weekend’s Hermosa Beach Open were predictable, like Todd Rogers and Phil Dalhausser bringing home the win. Others, like who they played in the finals (John Mayer and Matt Prosser) were not.
Saturday saw both No. 1 teams, Dalhausser/Rogers and Jennifer Kessy and April Ross, cruise through their matches with relative ease. Both teams only dropped a single game all weekend.
The No. 2 seeds, however, had a more difficult time of it. Misty May-Traenor and Nicole Branagh found their way into the winners bracket after Saturday, and they won their matches in both Round 1 and 2, but were eventually upset by No. 7 seed Angela Lewis and Priscilla Lima.
They battled back through the contender’s bracket and won their next two matches before finally losing again, this time to No. 4 seed Angie Akers and Tyra Turner to finish 5th.
Meanwhile on the men’s side, No. 2 seeds John Hyden and Sean Scott had a very similar fate. They got into the winner’s bracket and through the first two rounds, only to fall to No. 10 seed Jeff Nygaard and Matt Olsen. They then managed to beat No. 4 seeds Jake Gibb and Sean Rosenthal and No. 6 seeds Kevin Wong and Casey Patterson before falling to the eventual second place team of John Mayer and Matt Prosser.
In the end it was No. 1 vs. No. 3 on the women’s side, with a Belmar rematch taking place between Kessy/Ross and Rachel Scott and Elaine Youngs. Kessy and Ross made it four wins in a row this season by defeating Scott/Youngs 21-17, 21-14.
Todd and Phil’s punching bags in the finals, Prosser/Mayer, were no strangers to that kind of punishment by the end of Sunday, having been sent down to the contender’s bracket by the Professor and the Beast earlier. But they rallied back for another shot at history, only to fall 21-14, 21-11 in the finals.
But prior to their loss they took down Jake Gibb and Sean Rosenthal (No. 4), Will Strickland and Aaron Wachtfogel (No. 5), John Hyden and Sean Scott (No. 2) and Jeff Nygaard and Matt Olsen (No. 10).
In an attempt to find out how the 4 on 4 action went, I found Gabrielle Reece’s site, GabbyDaily.com. I was in love with her book Big Girl in the Middle in high school, and I’m glad to hear she’s still doing great.
But, the news I wanted to convey was that Kerri’s team, led by Lisa Arce-Zimmerman, won the tournament this weekend. According to Gabby, Walsh is looking strong and should be back on the doubles court soon. Fingers crossed!
We’ve got another AVP stop this weekend in Long Beach, CA. I can tell you from experience that Long Beach isn’t the best town in Southern California, so just check back here on Friday and Monday for our usual preview/recap and save yourself a trip 😉