Kerri Walsh Jennings will compete in the San Francisco Open this weekend on The Embarcadero. (Mary Altaffer/AP)

Kerri Walsh Jennings will compete in the San Francisco Open this weekend on The Embarcadero. (Mary Altaffer/AP)

Pro beach volleyball to hit The Embarcadero

The country’s best beach volleyball stars will hit the sand this weekend at The Embarcadero.

The Association of Volleyball Professionals San Francisco Open returns today after a seven year hiatus, bringing with it Olympic-bound talent mere weeks ahead of the 2016 Games in Rio de Janeiro.

Four-time Olympian and San Jose native Kerri Walsh Jennings enters competition as the top seed with partner April Ross, who was a silver medalist in 2012. This year’s Games will be the first for this pairing: Walsh Jennings previously competed with Misty May-Treanor, who retired after the pair’s win over Ross and Jen Kessey.

Walsh Jennings and Ross enter the weekend’s event as the top seed ahead of southern Californians Lane Carico and Summer Ross. Carico and Ross finished second in last weekend’s AVP event in New York.

Competitors for the men include the team of 2008 Olympic gold medalist Phil Dalhausser and four-time AVP top finisher Nick Lucena. Additionally, Jake Gibb will compete in his third-straight Olympics games next month with teammate Casey Patterson.

The four-day San Francisco Open will be held on Piers 30-32 with preliminary competition beginning at
8 a.m. today. This weekend’s event is is the second-to-last stop of the tour before the Olympics, giving the athletes and coaches time to work out the kinks before international competition.

The AVP Tour, which runs from April through September, is in its 33rd season.

Admission to the event is free with premium seating available for purchase.

April RossAVPbeach volleyballKerri Walsh JenningsNick LucenaPhil DalhausserSan Franciscoshannon coleVolleyball

Just Posted

Niners defensive lineman Joey Bosa played a major role in stopping the Eagles in a Week 2 San Francisco victory. (Courtesy San Francisco 49ers)
What we learned from Niners beating the Eagles

By Mychael Urban Special to The Examiner Is your glass half-empty? Niners… Continue reading

If he secured a full term in the Senate, Newsom would become the most powerful Californian Democrat since Phil Burton at the height of his career, or maybe ever. <ins>(Kevin Hume/The Examiner)</ins>
Artist Agnieszka Pilat, pictured with Spot the Robot Dog from Boston Robotics, has a gallery show opening at Modernism. (Courtesy Agnieszka Pilat)
Screenshots of VCs, Kanye and tech parties by the Bay

In this week’s roundup, Ben Horowitz’s surprising hip-hop knowledge and the chic tech crowd at Shack15

San Francisco Giants manager Gabe Kapler, pictured in July at Oracle Park, says team members simultaneously can be “measured and calm” and “looking to push the accelerator.” (Chris Victorio/Special to The Examiner)
How Gabe Kapler sets the tone for Giants’ success with strategy, mindset

‘There’s no doubt in my mind that he’s the hands-down manager of the year’

Firefighters extinguish burning material near Lake Tahoe on Sept. 3 in the wake of the Caldor Fire; environmental scientists say the huge fire is bringing to light deficiencies in forest management. <ins>(Max Whittaker/New York Times)</ins>
Cal Fire, timber industry must face an inconvenient truth

We are logging further into the wildfire and climate crisis

Most Read