Oakley Dominates The AVP Huntington Beach Open
Oakley’s Jen Kessey and April Ross won the AVP Huntington Beach Open on Sunday, beating top-seeded Misty May-Treanor and Nicole Branagh, 14-21, 21-12, 15-11. It was their fifth AVP Tour win as a team, but their first AVP tour win of the season. Oakley’s Top-seeded Todd Rogers and Phil Dalhausser won in men’s, defeating second-seeded Sean Scott and John Hyden, 21-16, 18-21, 15-9, and claimed their 39th AVP title.
In women’s, Kessey and Ross, both wearing Radar, loss their first game to May-Treanor and Branagh. The game ended on a line shot from Ross that got called out. Kessey and Ross disagreed, but the call was not changed.
Kessey and Ross used their anger over the call as fuel towards their game and won the next two matches.
“I got super upset—April and I both did—at the last call, which it’s a judgement call. But I think that lit a fire,” Kessey said.
The victory was their fifth AVP Tour win as a team, but their first AVP tour win of the season. It was also the first time Kessey and Ross won in Southern California, where both women were raised and currently reside.
“To win here this year and get that monkey off of our back, from not making two finals, from getting a fifth and a third, this feels good,” Kessy said after the match. “There’s a lot of pressure on us to be in every final, and we have that pressure on ourselves.”
In men’s, Rogers and Dalhausser won their fourth Huntington Beach Open victory in the last five years. This was their 50th victory worldwide since teaming up in 2006 and their 39th AVP title in 69 events.
Dalhausser is credited for his progression from an inexperienced rookie in 2004 to a 2008 Olympic champion who can take over a game at the net and with his serve.
“The maturation of Phil has changed things. He’s the best player in the world and guys have to figure out a way to beat him,” Rogers said.