2011 Jose Cuervo Hermosa Beach Volleyball Open Results Photos and Video Highlights

The "Real John Mayer" getting ready to settle an old score and win!

The "Real John Mayer" getting ready to settle an old score and win!

JENNINGS AND SALGADO, AND ROSS AND KESSY WIN
JOSE CUERVO PRO BEACH VOLLEYBALL CHAMPIONSHIP TITLE
AT THE HERMOSA BEACH OPEN

Hermosa Beach, Calif. (Sept. 25, 2011) – The final day the Jose Cuervo Pro Beach Volleyball National Championship at the Hermosa Beach Open was not short of high energy, action, rollercoaster of emotions and upsets. Kills, blocks, strategic placements and contested calls – the intensity between the competitors and the energy of Hermosa was felt before daylight got off the ground. Winners showed why they were the best in the world and as the sun broke out on match point, Manhattan Beach Open champs Whitney Pavlik (Laguna Beach) and Jenny Kropp (Hollyglen) were unable to reclaim their title when they were defeated by No. 1 seeded team April Ross (Costa Mesa) and Jen Kessy (Laguna Beach) in two sets, 21-12 and 21-16. No. 4 seeded Casey Jennings (Manhattan Beach) and Pedro Salgado (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) successfully defeated No. 1 Sean Rosenthal (Hermosa Beach) and his partner Jake Gibb (Bountiful, Utah) in an intense final that ended 21-18 and 21-17. Both teams won the Jose Cuervo National Championship title, trophy and prize money.

Jenny Kropp - "the best woman blocker on the tour"  Kevin Wong

Jenny Kropp - "the best woman blocker on the tour" Kevin Wong

In the Women’s final, Kessy and Ross who were cladded in red, white and blue, were looking strong out of the gates with jump serves that they struggled with for the majority of the match. Though Kropp’s blocks were on point, she and Pavlik were unable to recover the early lead that the No. 1 seeded, Olympic hopeful duo had on them.

“We played Whitney and Jenny several times and have lost to them several times, including the match this morning. We didn’t want that to happen again,” said Ross. “With this being our last tournament, we brought out the jump serves because we had nothing to lose.”

Kessy added, “To play in front of all of the fans, our family and friends fed our adrenaline. We’re so happy to be here. Plus, with Geeter (Chris “Geeter” McGee, the MC), it just felt right. April is a trooper. She was sick all week and played as well as she did, so I wanted to do a well for her. We really want this event to work and have this long relationship with USA Volleyball, Jose Cuervo and IMG.”

Casey Jennings is "game on" in Hermosa Beach

Casey Jennings is "game on" in Hermosa Beach

The Men’s Final began under full sun and blue skies, as Jennings and Salgado defeated Rosenthal and Gibb, 21-18. The game showcased high-level volleyball on both sides, however it was the kills, smart placements and impenetrable blocks of the “black dragon” (as Jennings nicknamed his partner) that secured them the win. Calls were contested, sideout battles ensued but for a first-time partnership, Salgado and Jennings were unstoppable.

“It is so good to be home and it means everything to win a final,” said an emotional Jennings as he accepted his trophy and title while holding his son, Joey. “I’m so proud to bring Pedro to my backyard. He is one of the best players in the world. I love Rosie and Gibb but they had their shot and I want mine!”

Salgado added, “I have never played in a tournament like this. I’m so glad to be here. I had so much fun today and I will never forget it.”

Accompanied by his loyal fan club, Rosie’s loyal R8drs seemed to multiply over night as they showed up in full swing to cheer on Rosenthal and Gibb from the early morning through the finals. With full stands routing for two of the favored teams in the Contender’s match that mimicked what the finals may have looked like, Rosie’s R8drs waived their flag to show approval for every point earned and every play executed in the match against Hyden and Scott. Rosenthal and Gibb lost to Jennings and Salgado this morning, came back to upset John Hyden (Sherman Oaks) and Sean Scott (Redondo Beach) from sweeping the Jose Cuervo Pro Beach Volleyball Series, and re-met Jennings and Salgado in the finals.

Jennings’ wife Kerri Walsh and their two sons stayed close every step of the way to cheer him on, and his regular partner Kevin Wong commentated from the TV booth. Other volleyball legends and champs such as Elaine Youngs, Barbra Fontana, Mike Lambert, Scott Ayakatubby, Chris Marlowe, Sinjin Smith and Mike Dodd, who coached Jennings and Salgado, were present.

For a complete list of today’s results and brackets, visit: http://usavolleyball.org/events/7922/page/13480 for the Women’s results and

http://usavolleyball.org/events/7922/page/13477 for the Men’s results.

The Hermosa Beach Open is brought to you by Jose Cuervo, co-sponsor Mitch by Paul Mitchell, with official sponsors Bud Light Lime and Spalding, in partnership with City of Hermosa Beach and USA Volleyball. For more information about the Jose Cuervo Pro Beach Volleyball Series, visit www.josecuervoprobeachvolleyballseries.com.

Round 5
Match 55: Paul Baxter / Pedro Brazao (21) def. Steven Grotowski / Matt Olson (8) 21-17, 19-21, 15-11 (1:04)
Match 56: John Hyden / Sean Scott (3) def. Billy Allen / Brad Keenan (5) 21-12, 21-16 (0:33)

Round 6
Match 57: Paul Baxter / Pedro Brazao (21) def. John Mayer / Matt Prosser (6) 21-17, 21-17 (0:45)
Match 58: Jake Gibb / Sean Rosenthal (1) def. John Hyden / Sean Scott (3) 22-20, 17-21, 15-13

Semifinals

Match 59: Casey Jennings / Pedro Salgado (4) def. Paul Baxter / Pedro Brazao (21) 21-14, 21-14 (0:41)
Match 60: Jake Gibb / Sean Rosenthal (1) def. Matt Fuerbringer / Nick Lucena (2) 21-17, 21-18 (0:52)

Finals

Match 61: Casey Jennings / Pedro Salgado (4) def. Jake Gibb / Sean Rosenthal (1), 21-18, 21-17 (0:53)

Womens Results

Match 51: Kathryn Babcock / Erin Gray (12) def. Sydney Donahue / Kaitlin Sather (24) 21-11, 21-15 (0:36)
Match 52: Jennifer Fopma / Jessica Gysin (8) def. Kim DiCello / Kathrin Winkler (14) 21-19, 21-15
Match 53: Emily Day / Heather Hughes (7) def. Angie Akers / Angela Lewis (5) 21-13, 16-21, 15-5
Match 54: Kristen Batt / Brooke Sweat (6) def. Iwona Lodzik / Kelly Schumacher (18) 25-23, 21-18, 15-10 (1:05)

Round 5
Match 55: Jennifer Fopma / Jessica Gysin (8) def. Kathryn Babcock / Erin Gray (12) 21-19, 23-21 (0:45)
Match 56: Emily Day / Heather Hughes (7) def. Kristen Batt / Brooke Sweat (6) 21-18, 23-21 (0:45)

Round 6
Match 57: Nicole Branagh / Lisa Rutledge (3) def. Jennifer Fopma / Jessica Gysin (8)
21-19, 21-17 (0:46) Match 58: Jenny Kropp / Whitney Pavlik (4) def. Emily Day / Heather Hughes (7) 21-18, 21-16 (0:45)

Semifinals

Match 59: Jennifer Kessy / April Ross (1) def. Nicole Branagh / Lisa Rutledge (3) 19-21, 21-18, 15-11 (1:06)
Match 60: Jenny Kropp / Whitney Pavlik (4) def. Lauren Fendrick / Brooke Hanson (2) 26-24, 18-21, 15-13 (1:06)

Finals

Match 61: Jennifer Kessy / April Ross (1) def. Jenny Kropp / Whitney Pavlik (4) 21-12, 21-16 (0:50)

Additonial Jose Cuervo Hermosa Beach Tournament News from Day 1

THIRD SEED HYDEN AND SCOTT UPSET BY NO. SIX PROSSER AND MAYER; TOP WOMEN’S TEAMS ADVANCE TO FINAL DAY OF HERMOSA BEACH OPEN

Hermosa Beach, Calif. (Sept. 24, 2011) – Day Two of the Jose Cuervo Pro Beach Volleyball National Championship at the Hermosa Beach Open was greeted by overcast skies and ideal conditions for the athletes to compete in. The weather had little bearing on the attendance of the rowdy fans, who met the top-seeded Men’s and Women’s teams in the early morning as they went head-to-head in a double-elimination format. One of the biggest surprises of the day was the victory of underdog team John Mayer (Culver City) and Matt Prosser (Encinitas) over the undefeated Jose Cuervo Pro Beach Volleyball Series team, John Hyden (Sherman Oaks) and Sean Scott (Redondo Beach) in a match that ended 16-21, 22-20, 15-13. Hyden and Scott will continue onto the Contender’s Bracket this evening where they will have one more chance to secure their spot in the Semi Finals tomorrow.

“We have been beaten by John and Sean over 10 times so since we had nothing to lose, we decided to go aggressive rather than conservative and it worked,” said the left-handed Mayer. “This is a high-class event and it has upped our level to play harder and entertain more.”

The top women’s teams consisting of Jennifer Kessy (Laguna Beach) and April Ross (Costa Mesa), Lauren Fendrick (Hermosa Beach), and Brooke Hansen (Venice), and Nicole Branagh (Torrance) and Lisa Rutledge (San Diego) did not disappoint, as they all secured their spots for the final day of the series tomorrow. Rutlegde and Branagh put on the most exciting women’s competition of the day in the Stadium Court when they lost the first set, 13-21, answered back to win the second set, 21-19, and came back to win 15-10 after being down 5-0 at the start of the third set.

“Brooke did a great job serving and had a 5-0 lead on us. So, it was more will than anything else that got us to come back, not giving up and not getting down,” said Rutledge. “The important thing was that we focused on staying calm, as I worked on my defense and concentrated on blocking balls.”

The most exciting place to be was anywhere South Bay native Sean Rosenthal (Hermosa Beach) and Jake Gibb (Bountiful, Utah) were. Rosenthal’s local supporters, better known as Rosie’s R8drs, were out in full force dressed in red shirts with skulls and crossbones, setting the tone for the relentless heckling against any opponent that they played through the day. The reserved Rosenthal continuously placed the ball down the line and used the tape to his advantage while Gibb, the youngest of 11 kids, continuously executed unstoppable blocks at the net and swung left-handed, much to the R8drs’ entertainment.

“It’s nice to be home, to wake up in your own bed and come to the beach,” said Rosenthal, who has been overseas non-stop. “Rosie’s R8drs are excited and have been waiting as long as I have to be back.”

Casey Jennings (Manhattan Beach) and Pedro Salgado (Rio de Janeiro) also advanced to tomorrow’s final rounds.

For a complete list of today’s results and brackets, visit: http://usavolleyball.org/events/7922/page/13480 for the Women’s results and

http://usavolleyball.org/events/7922/page/13477 for the Men’s results.

The Hermosa Beach Open is brought to you by Jose Cuervo, co-sponsor Mitch by Paul Mitchell, with official sponsors Bud Light Lime and Spalding, in partnership with City of Hermosa Beach and USA Volleyball. For more information about the Jose Cuervo Pro Beach Volleyball Series, visit www.josecuervoprobeachvolleyballseries.com.

http://articles.latimes.com/2011/sep/25/sports/la-sp-hermosa-beach-volleyball-20110926

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