The women’s final featured four of Southern California’s finest players in Olympic silver medalists and the tournament’s top seeded team of April Ross (Costa Mesa)/Jen Kessy (San Clemete) and the fifth-seeded team of Lauren Fendrick (Hermosa Beach)/Brittany Hochevar (Hermosa Beach) in the final. Both teams battled their way back into the finals by way of the contender’s bracket after each suffered a loss earlier in the weekend.
Despite falling 20-22 in the first game, Ross and Kessy battled back, taking the final two games, 21-18, 15-13 to earn their 11th career AVP tournament title together, which places them fourth among the all-time winningest women’s teams in AVP history. For Fendrick/Hochevar, this weekend’s second-place finish marks a career high for the team.
Three-time Olympic gold medalist Kerri Walsh Jennings and partner Whitney Pavlik earned a fifth-place finish in the tournament after falling to eventual champions Ross and Kessy in Sunday morning’s contender’s bracket contest, 23-25, 21-17, 17-15.
The top seeded men’s team of Phil Dalhausser (Ventura, CA) and Sean Rosenthal (Corona Del Mar, CA) went undefeated in the tournament winning the final 21-12, 19-21, 15-10. Their challengers Todd Rogers (Solvang, CA) and Ryan Doherty (Huntington Beach, CA) won their way into the final via the contender’s bracket marking their first final for duo. For the former Olympic gold medal winning team of Dalhausser/Rogers, this was their first meeting on opposite sides of the net in a final match and third time facing off since they formed new partnerships with their current teammates earlier this year. Dalhausser and Rosenthal now hold a perfect 3-0 record when facing Rogers and Doherty.
Utah fan favorites Jake Gibb (native of Bountiful, graduate of Utah) and Casey Patterson (BYU graduate, former Cougars volleyball player) stumbled in the semi-finals, 24-22, 21-18 to eventual second place finishers, earning a third place finish in front of a rambunctious home town crowd.