Walsh Jennings/Ross | Dalhausser/Rosenthal
Taking Care of Biz @ 55th Annual AVP Manhattan Beach Open
(Manhattan Beach, CA) Aug., 17, 2014 - Walsh Jennings wins record seventh AVP Manhattan Beach Open
presented by smart women’s beach volleyball title; She and Ross extend perfect 2014 AVP
match record to 21-0 at the Manhattan Beach Pier with fourth straight tournament victory;
Dalhausser wins fourth AVP Manhattan Beach Open, and Rosenthal claims his second
Manhattan Beach resident Kerri Walsh Jennings began the week at the AVP Manhattan Beach Open
presented by smart by being honored in the annual Walk of Fame ceremony, celebrating last year’s
champions, on the Manhattan Beach Pier. She leaves the pier today as its newly crowned queen.
Three-time reigning Olympic gold medalist Walsh Jennings set an AVP Manhattan Beach Open
presented by smart women’s record with her seventh career victory at the professional beach
volleyball tour’s crown jewel event, teaming with 2012 Olympic silver medalist April Ross to defeat
Lauren Fendrick and Brooke Sweat, 19-21, 21-13, 9-0 (retired), in Sunday’s women’s final at the
Manhattan Beach Pier.
Sixth-seeded veterans Phil Dalhausser and Sean Rosenthal, the 2013 AVP Manhattan Beach Open
presented by smart runner-up, claimed their second AVP men’s title, and eighth title worldwide,
together, 21-17, 21-14, over Theo Brunner and Todd Rogers. Each of the four 2014 AVP Tour events
has featured a different men’s champion.
Walsh Jennings/Ross and Dalhausser/Rosenthal won in front of a crowd of several thousand beachgoers
who gathered around all sides of Stadium Court and stood halfway down the pier. There is no place like
home for Walsh Jennings, a Manhattan Beach resident, who will get a seventh bronzed plaque on the
pier’s Walk of Fame this time next year.
“The more I play the sport, the more I realize the significance of this event. It’s a huge one,” said
Walsh Jennings. “I didn’t really know that earlier in my career. I just thought it was another
tournament. I know all the legends now. They’ve become part of my family. This is a small
community and I’m just honored.”
Walsh Jennings and Ross extended their record to 21-0 on the 2014 AVP Tour In beating Fendrick and
Sweat for the fourth time in as many AVP women’s finals this year. Fendrick and Sweat were forced to
retire, down 9-0 in the deciding set, when Sweat could not play on due to a lower back injury.
Having turned 36 on Friday, Walsh Jennings tallied her 70th career AVP title and 121st beach volleyball
title worldwide at the $150,000 event known as the “Wimbledon of beach volleyball.” The AVP Manhattan
Beach Open presented by smart is in its 55th year as the longest-running tournament in pro beach volleyball
History. Said Ross: “I’m humbled by the fact that I’m going to be up there with Kerri on that pier until the