COSTA MESA, Calif. (AP) — Beijing Olympic gold medalists Todd Rogers and Phil Dalhausser have committed to playing in new AVP beach volleyball tournaments in Cincinnati and Santa Barbara, Calif.
Rogers and Dalhausser were upset by Italy in the quarterfinals of the London Olympic tournament. Both men have ties to Santa Barbara.
Jen Kessey and April Ross, who earned a silver medal in London, also will play in the new tournaments. They will be joined by fellow Olympians Jake Gibb and Sean Rosenthal.
The AVP Cincinnati Open will be played Aug. 31-Sept. 2 featuring the top 12 men's and women's pro beach teams. All players are required to qualify at the event in order to compete in the AVP Championships from Sept. 7-9 in Santa Barbara.