Saturday, May 28, 2011
Many professional beach volleyball players received their wish last weekend when the uncertainty of where they would play in 2011 became clear. This happened when the upstart National Volleyball League (NVL) held it first tournament of the season in the infield of the Pimlico Race Course prior to the Preakness Stakes near Baltimore.
After the dissolution of the Association of Volleyball Players (AVP) last year, many players were left wondering if they still had a career as a professional and, if so, where would they be able to compete.
The top seeded men’s team of John Hyden (Sherman Oaks) and Sean Scott (Redondo Beach) swept fourth-seeded Billy Allen and Matt Prosser 21-16, 21-15 to capture the league’s first men’s title in the history of the new league.