Pavlik and Kropp win at Malibu Open
Laguna Beach native Whitney Pavlik and partner Jenny Kropp (Hawthorne) won the National Volleyball League's Malibu Open women's title Sunday at Zuma Beach. Pavlik and Kropp were the No. 1 seed in the tournament and went undefeated during the 32-team, two-day event that began Saturday.
Pavlik and Kropp advanced through the winners' bracket and defeated Olaya Pazo (Miami, Fla.)/Kendra Van Zwieten (Coconut Creek, Fla.) in the Women's final, 21-15, 21-16. The pair advanced to the final after scoring a 21-11, 21-18 sweep of Emily Day (Torrance)/Heather Hughes (Fallbrook).
Pavlik, a gradate of Laguna Beach High, was the 2008 Assn. of Volleyball Professionals (AVP) Rookie of the Year. Kropp held that honor the previous year.
Pavlik and Kropp reached the semifinals of the inaugural NVL tournament, the Preakness, played May 20-21 in Baltimore, Md.
The next NVL tour stop, the third of six in its season, is Aug. 26-28 at Virginia Beach, Va. The only other California stop and final tour event is Sept. 23-25 in Long Beach.