The American Beach Volleyball Tour is back. Instead of a regular season that has been cancelled, the AVP hosts the 2020 AVP Champions Cup Series. It will be played on three consecutive weekends in July and beginning of August. It was obviously not an easy task for the AVP to find a location during these troubling times. But finally, all events will take place at Long Beach in Southern Calfornia.
The first event kicks off on July 18th with the Monster Hydro Cup. The event will be made up of 8 main draw teams for both men and women. There are 6 auto entry teams based on AVP points and 2 teams emerging from the Qualifiers on Friday. Total prize purse is US$ 200.000.
The entry list reads like the “who is who” of American beach volleyball. Top seeds on the men’s side are beach volleyball legends Phil Dalhausser and Nick Lucena. They are followed by last season’s most successful team Jake Gibb and Taylor Crabb. Seeded number 5 is beach volleyball veteran John Hyden who teamed up with Jeremy Casebeer to directly make it into the main draw. The men’s qualifier with 12 teams will witness a gathering of three Olympic champions. Besides Brazilian beach volleyball gold medalist Ricardo Santos and his partner Miles Evans, Reid Priddy and David Lee will join forces. The two volleyball veterans won gold in the Olympic volleyball tournament of the 2008 Beijing Games.
On the women’s side, the A-Team Alix Klineman and April Ross are the top seeds. Their main competitor are Canadians Sarah Pavan and Humana-Paredes. While Claes/Sponcil are seeded number 3, beach volleyball gypsy Brandie Wilkerson is again joining forces with Sara Hughes. Read the full entry list here.
Due to current regulations, no fans can attend the AVP Champions Cup Series. As in previous years, the main draw action will be livestreamed on Amazon Prime Video. Only exceptions are two matches that will be featured on NBC. One of them will be the women’s final on Sunday 1:30pm PT. Alongside Kevin Barnet and Camryn Irwin, it is Sydney 2000 Olympic Champion Dain Blanton who will provide deep insights in his commentary.