2017 AVP Pro Beach Volleyball Tour

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2017 AVP Pro Beach Volleyball Tour
League Association of Volleyball Professionals
Sport Beach volleyball
Duration May 4 – September 3, 2017[1]
TV partner(s) NBC
NBCSN
Seasons

The 2017 AVP Pro Beach Volleyball Tour was a domestic professional beach volleyball circuit organized in the United States by the Association of Volleyball Professionals (AVP) for the 2017 beach volleyball season. The 2017 AVP Tour calendar comprises the "Gold Series" tournaments and "Open" tournaments.

Schedule[edit]

A men's match at the 2017 Austin Open (left) and a women's match at the 2017 Hermosa Beach Open

This is the complete schedule of events on the 2017 calendar, with team progression documented from the semifinals stage. All tournaments consisted of single-elimination qualifying rounds followed by a double-elimination main draw.

Key
Gold Series

Men[edit]

Tournament[2] Champions Runners-up Semifinalist #1 Semifinalist #2
Huntington Beach Open[3]
Huntington Beach, California
US$75,000
May 4–7
 Phil Dalhausser (USA)
 Nick Lucena (USA)
21-16, 21-17 (0:51)
 Ryan Doherty (USA)
 John Hyden (USA)
 Theo Brunner (USA)
 Casey Patterson (USA)
 Taylor Crabb (USA)
 Jake Gibb (USA)
Austin Open[4]
Austin, Texas
US$75,000
May 18–21
 Phil Dalhausser (USA)
 Nick Lucena (USA)
21-12, 21-19 (0:52)
 Trevor Crabb (USA)
 Sean Rosenthal (USA)
 Billy Allen (USA)
 Stafford Slick (USA)
 Jeremy Casebeer (USA)
 John Mayer (USA)
New York City Open[5]
New York City, New York
Gold Series
US$87,500
June 8–11
 Taylor Crabb (USA)
 Jake Gibb (USA)
21-16, 25-23 (0:53)
 Billy Allen (USA)
 Stafford Slick (USA)
 Ricardo Santos (BRA)
 Chaim Schalk (CAN)
 Trevor Crabb (USA)
 Sean Rosenthal (USA)
Seattle Open[6]
Seattle, Washington
US$75,000
June 22–25
 Billy Allen (USA)
 Stafford Slick (USA)
21-13, 13-21, 15-11 (1:07)
 Trevor Crabb (USA)
 Sean Rosenthal (USA)
 Taylor Crabb (USA)
 Jake Gibb (USA)
 Jeremy Casebeer (USA)
 John Mayer (USA)
San Francisco Open[7]
San Francisco, California
US$75,000
July 6–9
 Ty Loomis (USA)
 Maddison McKibbin (USA)
24-22, 21-19 (1:03)
 Billy Allen (USA)
 Stafford Slick (USA)
 Reid Priddy (USA)
 Ricardo Santos (BRA)
 Ed Ratledge (USA)
 Eric Zaun (USA)
Hermosa Beach Open[8]
Hermosa Beach, California
US$79,000
July 20–23
 Taylor Crabb (USA)
 Jake Gibb (USA)
21-16, 17-21, 15-11 (1:13)
 Trevor Crabb (USA)
 Sean Rosenthal (USA)
 Avery Drost (USA)
 Chase Frishman (USA)
 Piotr Marciniak (POL)
 Roberto Rodríguez (PUR)
Manhattan Beach Open[9]
Manhattan Beach, California
Gold Series
US$112,500
August 17–20
 Phil Dalhausser (USA)
 Nick Lucena (USA)
23-25, 21-18, 15-10 (1:15)
 Trevor Crabb (USA)
 Sean Rosenthal (USA)
 Theo Brunner (USA)
 Casey Patterson (USA)
 Reid Priddy (USA)
 Ricardo Santos (BRA)
Championships[10]
Chicago, Illinois
Gold Series
US$112,500
August 31 – September 3
 Ryan Doherty (USA)
 John Hyden (USA)
21-19, 21-19 (0:49)
 Phil Dalhausser (USA)
 Nick Lucena (USA)
 Jeremy Casebeer (USA)
 John Mayer (USA)
 Billy Allen (USA)
 Stafford Slick (USA)

Women[edit]

Tournament[2] Champions Runners-up Semifinalist #1 Semifinalist #2
Huntington Beach Open[11]
Huntington Beach, California
US$75,000
May 4–7
 Emily Day (USA)
 Brittany Hochevar (USA)
21-13, 21-19 (0:36)
 Betsi Flint (USA)
 Kelley Larsen (USA)
 Whitney Pavlik (USA)
 April Ross (USA)
 Lane Carico (USA)
 Lauren Fendrick (USA)
Austin Open[12]
Austin, Texas
US$75,000
May 18–21
 Whitney Pavlik (USA)
 April Ross (USA)
14-21, 21-16, 15-11 (1:00)
 Kim DiCello (USA)
 Emily Stockman (USA)
 Angela Bensend (USA)
 Geena Urango (USA)
 Amanda Dowdy (USA)
 Irene Pollock (USA)
New York City Open[13]
New York City, New York
Gold Series
US$87,500
June 8–11
 Lauren Fendrick (USA)
 April Ross (USA)
24-22, 21-15 (0:46)
 Summer Ross (USA)
 Brooke Sweat (USA)
 Emily Day (USA)
 Brittany Hochevar (USA)
 Kim DiCello (USA)
 Emily Stockman (USA)
Seattle Open[14]
Seattle, Washington
US$75,000
June 22–25
 Summer Ross (USA)
 Brooke Sweat (USA)
21-17, 24-22 (0:48)
 Betsi Flint (USA)
 Kelley Larsen (USA)
 Skylar Caputo (USA)
 Sarah Pavan (CAN)
 Jennifer Fopma (USA)
 Kelly Reeves (USA)
San Francisco Open[15]
San Francisco, California
US$75,000
July 6–9
 Betsi Flint (USA)
 Kelley Larsen (USA)
21-13, 21-8 (0:39)
 Lane Carico (USA)
 Alix Klineman (USA)
 Jennifer Fopma (USA)
 Kelly Reeves (USA)
 Angela Bensend (USA)
 Geena Urango (USA)
Hermosa Beach Open[16]
Hermosa Beach, California
US$79,000
July 20–23
 Emily Day (USA)
 Brittany Hochevar (USA)
21-17, 21-13 (0:45)
 Angela Bensend (USA)
 Geena Urango (USA)
 Lane Carico (USA)
 Alix Klineman (USA)
 Caitlin Ledoux (USA)
 Maria Clara Salgado (BRA)
Manhattan Beach Open[17]
Manhattan Beach, California
Gold Series
US$112,500
August 17–20
 Emily Day (USA)
 Brittany Hochevar (USA)
21-18, 21-18 (0:55)
 Nicole Branagh (USA)
 Brandie Wilkerson (CAN)
 Lauren Fendrick (USA)
 April Ross (USA)
 Kelly Claes (USA)
 Sara Hughes (USA)
Championships[18]
Chicago, Illinois
Gold Series
US$112,500
August 31 – September 3
 Kelly Claes (USA)
 Sara Hughes (USA)
21-17, 21-18 (0:45)
 Summer Ross (USA)
 Brooke Sweat (USA)
 Emily Day (USA)
 Brittany Hochevar (USA)
 Lauren Fendrick (USA)
 April Ross (USA)

Rule changes[edit]

Prior to the 2017 season, the AVP adopted two rule changes:

  • A "point freeze" at match point, wherein the scoring system changes from rally scoring (either team can score a point on every serve) to side-out scoring (only serving team can score a point) when either team reaches match point.[19]
  • "Let" serves, wherein the ball touches the net while crossing over into the opponent's court during service, are not allowed during "point freezes" and the serve will be replayed.[19]

Milestones and events[edit]

Sara Hughes and Kelly Claes became the youngest duo to win an AVP tournament.
Huntington Beach Open
Hermosa Beach Open
  • The 2017 season marked the return of the Hermosa Beach Open tournament, last held in 2010.[22]
  • Brothers Marcus and Miles Partain became the youngest pair (combined age) to get into the main draw of an AVP tournament at 17- and 15-years old respectively, after winning all three of their qualifying matches.[23]
Chicago Championships
  • Sara Hughes and Kelly Claes became the youngest pair (combined age) to win an AVP tournament at 22- and 21-years old respectively.[24]
  • John Hyden became the oldest player to win an AVP tournament at 44 years and 9 months old.[25]
Miscellaneous
  • NBC Sports announced that all eight AVP tournaments would be broadcast on either NBC or NBCSN.[26]
  • AVP required all players competing on the 2017 tour to sign a four-year exclusivity contract which forbids main draw players from playing in non-AVP events unless permission is given by the tour.[27][28]

Points distribution[edit]

Finish[29] US$150,000
tournaments
US$175,000
tournaments
US$200,000
tournaments
US$225,000
tournaments
1 750 900 1050 1200
2 640 768 896 1024
3 540 648 756 864
5 450 540 630 720
7 370 444 518 592
9 300 360 420 480
13 240 288 336 384
15 210 252 294 336
17 190 228 266 304
19 170 204 238 272
21 150 180 210 240
25 120 144 168 192
-1 100 120 140 160
-2 82 98 114 130
-3 66 78 92 106
-4 52 62 72 82

Awards[edit]

The 2017 AVP Awards Banquet was held on November 4 in Newport Beach, California.[30] The season's top performers were chosen based on statistics, player votes and AVP national ranking points earned during the year.[31]

On the men's side, Nick Lucena and Phil Dalhausser were named Team of the Year. Dalhausser was also named Most Valuable Player, Best Blocker, Best Server and Best Offensive Player. On the women's side, April Ross was named Most Valuable Player, Best Server and Best Offensive Player.
Award[32] Men Women
Best Blocker  Phil Dalhausser (USA)  Lauren Fendrick (USA)
Best Server  Phil Dalhausser (USA)  April Ross (USA)
Best Defender  Taylor Crabb (USA)  Brooke Sweat (USA)
Best Offensive Player  Phil Dalhausser (USA)  April Ross (USA)
Most Improved Player  Stafford Slick (USA)  Caitlin Ledoux (USA)
Newcomer of the Year  Ricardo Santos (BRA)  Maria Clara Salgado (BRA)
Most Valuable Player  Phil Dalhausser (USA)  April Ross (USA)
Rookie of the Year  Eric Zaun (USA)  Alix Klineman (USA)
Team of the Year  Phil Dalhausser (USA)
 Nick Lucena (USA)
 Emily Day (USA)
 Brittany Hochevar (USA)

References[edit]

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