Despite being seeded No. 2 going into the weekend, Misty May-Traenor and Nicole Branagh made it out undefeated and with their second title of the season. The duo has been without a championship since the season opener, but the home town advantage (and moving Branagh to the right side) seems to be what they needed to push them over the top.
May-Traenor/Branagh defeated Annett Davis and Jenny Johnson Jordan, 21-16, 21-19 in the final, having forced Davis and JJJ down to the contender’s bracket in a Saturday evening match. Like May-Traenor/Branagh, Davis/JJJ were looking for their second win on the 2010 tour; they won the second stop of the season.
The No. 1 seed on the women’s side, Elaine Youngs and Rachel Scott, made it through the to semifinals undefeated before falling to Davis and JJJ.
Memories of the 2009 season, in which Sean Scott and John Hyden took four titles away from them, were no doubt present in Phil and Todd’s minds on Sunday. When they dropped game one 17-21, things didn’t look great. Hyden and Scott were doing an excellent job keeping the Beast at bay, and some uncharacteristic Dalhausser errors were helping them out.
But after game one, it was back to form for Rogers/Dalhausser. They took game two 21-17 before finishing out game 3 with a decisive 15-6 romp. If you’re keeping track, that makes 5 straight AVP tournament victories and 34 undefeated matches for these fine fellows. They didn’t win the season opener because it was rained out, and the only other tournament that didn’t have their names on a giant check happened when they were playing abroad.
We’ll be in an AVP drought for a few weeks until the tour resumes August 14-15 in San Francisco. Until then, be sure to visit Volleyball-life.com regularly for skills tips and drills to get your game closer to AVP caliber!