It was the Who's Who of volleyball. The creme de la creme. Olympic champions.
Everybody who's anybody in professional volleyball was in town to play the Association of Volleyball Professional's (AVP) Pro Beach Volleyball Tour this weekend: Jen Kessy, April Ross, Kerri Walsh Jennings, Todd Rogers, Florida native Phil Dalhaussen, and Sean Rosenthal, just to name a few. An estimated 9,000 volleyball enthusiasts braved the heat to cheer on the bikini-clad competitors. 60 tons of sand transformed the lawn of Vinoy Park into waterfront volleyball courts. There were fireworks, food, and rain. Lots of rain.
With a $150,000 purse on the line, the men's and women's finals were ultimately cancelled due to severe thunderstoms in the area. The money will be split amongst the finalists, as they move on to the next stop on the tour: Santa Barbara. The volleyball tour coincided with the Downtown Food and Wine Festival, country music superstar Loretta Lynn and the Pet Shop Boys, both performing at the Mahaffey Theater; the Warehouse Arts District's Second Saturday Art Walk and the One Step Closer to the Cure 5k to raise awareness and money to fund ovarian cancer research.
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