Top Seeds Emerge Victorious at Hermosa Beach Open
B.J. Hoeptner Evans
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Jenny Kropp (left) and Jennifer Fopma (right) battle at the net on July 22 in Hermosa Beach
HERMOSA BEACH, Calif. (July 22, 2012) – The No. 1 seeded
women’s beach team of Jenny Kropp and Whitney Pavlik won its fourth straight
Jose Cuervo Pro Beach Series event on Sunday at the Hermosa Beach Open.
The No. 1 seeded men’s team of John Hyden (Sherman Oaks, Calif.) and Sean
Scott (Kailua, Hawaii) won its second Pro Beach Tour event of the season, and
the first since the pair won the opening tournament on May 25-27 in Fort
Kropp (Holly Glen, Calif.) and Pavlik (Laguna Beach, Calif.) have won all
four of the Pro Beach Tour events in which they’ve competed this season. The
pair defeated Jennifer Fopma (Bellflower) and Brooke Sweat (Hermosa Beach) in
Sunday’s women’s final, 21-15, 20-22, 17-15.
“That was close. Jennifer and Brooke were not laying down today. They were
bringing it and made us work for it,” Kropp said. “It definitely helps to play
in front of a large crowd. We can feel the energy and it gives us an extra
Pavlik added, “The crowd was just spectacular all weekend. Our energy was
high because their energy was up and we feed off of that. It was an exhilarating
finals to say the least!”
Hyden and Scott took home the men’s title when they prevailed over Brad
Keenan (Costa Mesa, Calif.) and John Mayer (Culver City, Calif.), 22-20, 21-23,
More than 50,000 fans attended over the three days, making the Hermosa Beach
Open the most attended Jose Cuervo Pro Beach Volleyball Series event ever.
“Beach volleyball is back!” Scott said. “This feels so special. I train in
Hermosa and I have my entire family here so this feels so great to bring home
The winning men’s and women’s teams from every Pro Beach Series stop will
qualify for one of eight coveted spots to compete at the Milwaukee Shootout on
Aug. 3-5 for the combined $60,000 prize purse.
After Sunday, Fopma/Sweat and Mayer/Keenan will join John Hyden/Sean Scott,
Ryan Doherty/Casey Patterson, Ty Tramblie/Avery Drost, Whitney Pavlik/Jenny
Kropp, Kristen Batt/Raquel Ferreira and Priscilla Lima/Tyra Turner who have
already been entered from their Florida Open, Belmar Open and Chicago Open
victories. Because Pavlik/Kropp, Hyden/Scott and Ryan Doherty/ Casey Patterson
have won multiple stops, the runner-up teams from the Belmar Open, the Chicago
Open and the Hermosa Beach Open have automatically filled the second men’s and
women’s spots for the Shootout.