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Huntington Beach US Open Volleyball Had a Little Rain, But Many Wins

Huntington Beach, Calif. U.S. Open of Beach Volleyball Open Division Held in September

Although a cloud or two broke loose and rained Saturday on the the U.S. Open of Beach Volleyball, the sun returned to the sands of Huntington Beach for some victory plays and cash prizes. Huntington Beach features a volleyball area with many sand courts but is by no means the only "game in town" when it comes to beach Sand Volleyball in California.


U.S. Open of Beach Volleyball presented by Corona started with Open Division pool play for both the men’s and women’s category at Huntington Beach Pier in Huntington Beach, California.


Huntington Beach has been one of the stop on the Association of Volleyball Professions tour each year. In recent years the event threatened to leave the beaches of Huntington Beach for other destinations because the event cannot be billed as a tickets-only event, due to coastal regulations about public beach access. Problems were ironed out as AVP Pro Tour took on new cities such as Tampa, and grew their advertising support in such destinations where the event is held in an arena.

The top two teams from each men’s pool Friday advanced to Saturday’s elimination round, while the top three teams from each women’s pool advanced. Below are the teams advancing:

Men’s Open Division
1st in Pool 1: Michael Bruning (San Diego, Calif.)/Pepe Delahaz (San Diego, Calif.)
1st in Pool 2: Anthony Mihalic (Hermosa Beach, Calif.)/Art Barron (Ventura, Calif.)
1st in Pool 3: Tyler Lesneski (N. Palm Beach, Fla.)/Jeff Soler (Beyton Beach, Fla.)
1st in Pool 4: Marcos Macau (Coral Gables, Fla.)/Adrian Carambula (Coral Gables, Fla.)
1st in Pool 5: Brian Chapman (Portland, Ore.)/Denis Zukoh (Portland, Ore.)
2nd in Pool 5: Russ Marchewka (Costa Mesa, Calif.)/David Fischer (Venice, Calif.)
2nd in Pool 4: Everett Matthews (Burbank, Calif.)/Tony Pray (Burbank, Calif.)
2nd in Pool 3: Jeff Carlucci (Torrance, Calif.)/Ty Tramblie (Newport Beach, Calif.)
2nd in Pool 2: Lucas Wisniakowski (El Segundo, Calif.)/Austin Rester (El Segundo, Calif.)
2nd in Pool 1: Leonardo Moraes (San Diego, Calif.)/Vince Robins (San Diego, Calif.)

Women’s Open Division
1st in Pool 1: Lenka Urbanova (Aliso Viejo, Calif.)/Gabriela Roney (Orange, Calif.)
2nd in Pool 1: Jenelle Koester (Redondo Beach, Calif.)/Janelle Ruen (Newport Beach, Calif.)
1st in Pool 2: Iwona Lodzik (Prospect Heights, Ill.)/Aleksandra Wolak (Prospect Heights, Ill.)
2nd in Pool 3: Tarin Keith (Santa Ana, Calif.)/Kathrin Winkler (Huntington Beach, Calif.)
2nd in Pool 2: Kelly Hickam (Redondo Beach, Calif.)/Gretchen Duffner (Hermosa Beach, Calif.)
3rd in Pool 1: Lindsay Phillips (Huntington Beach, Calif.)/Jen Snyder (Long Beach, Calif.)
1st in Pool 3: Pat Keller (Cardiff, Calif.)/Valinda Roche (Huntington Beach, Calif.)
3rd in Pool 2: Chara Harris (Sarasota, Fla.)/Brooke Langston (Sarasota, Fla.)
3rd in Pool 3: Cindy Phillips (Deerfield Beach, Fla.)/Shayna Munson (Pompano Beach, Fla.)

Playing together in a tournament for the first time, Jeff Carlucci of Torrance and Ty Tramblie of Newport Beach teamed up to win the men’s open division championship at the inaugural U.S. Open of Beach Volleyball on Saturday in Huntington Beach.

Carlucci and Tramblie had advanced from Friday’s pool play as the No. 8-seeded team and took out top-seeded Michael Bruning and Pepe Delahaz (both from San Diego) in the quarterfinals, 19-21, 21-14, 15-8.

Tramblie's athleticism helped the duo oust fourth-seeded Adrian Carambula and Marcos Macau, 17-21, 23-21, 18-16, in a hard-fought semifinal.

Keller and Roche came to the event to play in the women’s masters draw, but found themselves in the open division and were glad they did. Starting Saturday as the No. 7-seeded team, they took out the No. 2 seeds, Jenelle Koester and Janelle Ruen in the quarterfinals, before eliminating Iwona Lodzik and Aleksandra Wolak, 24-22, 21-17, in the semifinals.

Keith and Winkler navigated a challenging road to the championship match. They fought off three match points in their match against the hard-charging Florida duo of Chara Harris and Brooke Langston in the semifinals, finally advancing to the final with a 16-21, 25-23, 15-13 win.

Hermosa Beach residents Dustin Russell and Martusz Stolarczyk defeated the Huntington Beach duo of Tyson Elliott and Sergei Sychev, 25-21, to win the Men’s B Division title.

Saturday’s play included competition in several other men’s and women’s divisions. Play concludes today with the co-ed two-person and four-person events.

Hosted by volleyball legend Karch Kiraly, the U.S. Open of Beach Volleyball is the first national championship for open and grassroots beach volleyball players.