Pro and Olympic volleyball players hit SF

September 11, 2008 12:00:00 AM PDT
From the sands of Beijing to the shores of the bay, pro beach volleyball has arrived this weekend in San Francisco. Leigh Glaser went to Pier 32 where she met with Olympians Elaine Youngs and Nicole Branagh.

You can meet these and other pro beach volleyball sensations this weekend in San Francisco.

About the AVP
The AVP was established in 1983 and is comprised of the best men's and women's pro beach volleyball players in the U.S. and arguably, the world. The AVP's main goal is to deliver its fans the experience of an amazing athletic contest. More than one million people are expected to attend an AVP event this year. With this historic unification of the men's and women's competitions, the AVP now stands alone as the only pro beach volleyball tour in the country and has a cooperative relationship with USA Volleyball and the Federation International de Volleyball (FIVB).

2008 AVP Crocs Tour: San Francisco CA
Piers 30 and 32 will be rocking when the Crocs AVP Tour travels to San Francisco 09/12/2008 - 09/14/2008.

Friday, September 12, 2008
Men's and Women's Main Draw Competition
Gates open at 9:00 a.m.
Competition start time 10:30 a.m.
Competition End Time (Approx) 8:30 p.m.

Saturday, September 13, 2008
Men's and Women's Main Draw Competition
Gates open at 8:00 a.m.
Competition start time 8:30 a.m.
Competition End Time (Approx) 8:30 p.m.

Sunday, September 14, 2008
Men's and Women's Main Draw Competition
Gates open at 10:45 a.m.
Competition start time 11:15 a.m.
Men's Finals 2:30 p.m.
Women's Finals 3:45 p.m.
Competition End Time (Approx) 5:00 p.m.

Tickets start at $25.00
Click here for ticket information online

About Elain Youngs:
Elaine or "EY" as she's known on the sand, was named 2002 AVP MVP, Best Offensive Player and Best Blocker, but her greatest accomplishment was winning the Bronze Medal at the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens alongside her former partner Holly McPeak. The two made history as the first U.S. women to medal in beach volleyball.

She has won at least one title in all 10 of the seasons she has played professional beach volleyball in which there was a domestic tour. Youngs won more money than any other player on the 2007 AVP Crocs Tour after collecting four victories including the coveted Goddess of the Beach title.

EY was born in El Toro, California on Valentine's Day (February 14, 1970) and attended UCLA and graduated in 1993 with a degree in history. While in college, she was a four-time All-American and her team took home the National Championship in 1991.

About Nicole Branagh:
Orinda native Nicole Branagh was a member of the U.S. National Team from 2001-2003, and played for the bronze-medal team in the Pan-Am Games in 2003. She has played professionally in Japan and Italy after graduation. She was also named MVP of the USPV Championship Tournament after helping the Minnesota Chill to the 2002 title.


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