April 24, 2009
Laguna Beach resident Whitney Pavlik and partner Stacy Rouwenhorst finished tied for ninth over the weekend at the Assn. of Volleyball Professionals Crocs Tour Riverside Open. Pavlik and Rouwenhorst, seeded No. 14, won their first winner?s bracket match against No. 19 Gabriela Roney and Lenka Urbanova, 21-17, 21-15. But the duo then lost in the next round to No. 3-seeded Annett Davis and Jenny Johnson Jordan, 21-19, 20-22, 15-11. Pavlik and Rouwenhorst then won a pair of three-game contender?
June 11, 2004
For the fourth time in five tournaments during the 2004 Assn. of Volleyball Professional Nissan Series, former Laguna Beach High athlete Dain Blanton and teammate Jeff Nygaard have finished third. The duo advanced last Sunday to the semifinal round of the Manhattan Beach Open, where they fell to the team of Matt Fuerbringer and Casey Jennings, 15-21, 23-21, 13-15. It was the pair's fourth, three-game match in a row. Blanton and Nygaard won five matches, overall, and both of their losses came to Fuerbringer and Jennings.
August 29, 2008
Following a four-week layoff due to the Summer Olympic Games, the Assn. of Volleyball Professionals (AVP) Crocs Tour continues today with Crocs Cup Shootout beach volleyball tournament at Mason, Ohio. The event concludes Sunday. Rachel Wacholder (Laguna Beach High, 1993) and partner Tyra Turner (Fort Myers Beach, Fla.) will be out to win their second tournament on the 2008 tour. The pair captured their first AVP tourney title this year when they won the Crocs Slam San Diego on Aug. 3. That tournament was the last AVP event before the start of the Olympic Games in Beijing.
June 18, 2004
Laguna Beach's Rachel Wacholder and partner Angie Akers finished in a tie for ninth-place at last weekend's San Diego Open, the sixth stop on the 2004 Assn. Of Volleyball Professionals Nissan Series. Wacholder and Akers, the women's sixth-seed, lost to No. 11 seed Tanya Fuamata/Heidi Ilustre, 21-17, 19-21, 12-15, in winner's bracket play. Prior to that loss, the pair opened the tournament with a 21-17, 21-11 win over No. 20 seed Kristen Schritter/Helen Reale in Contender's Bracket action.
August 10, 2007
Blanton, Baxter tie at Chicago Open Dain Blanton (Laguna Beach High, Class of 1990) and partner Paul Baxter won one match and tied for 17th place in the men's tournament of the Assn. of Volleyball Professionals' Chicago Open. The tournament began Aug. 2 and concluded Sunday with finals play in the men's and women's divisions. Blanton and Baxter, seeded 15th, dropped their first match in winner's bracket play, losing a hotly-contested match to No. 18 Scott Davenport/Chad Turner, 20-22, 24-22, 21-23.
August 8, 2008
Finally, that first tour title. Former Laguna Beach High athlete Rachel Wacholder and playing partner Tyra Turner (Fort Myers Beach, FLA.) captured their first tournament title on the 2008 Crocs Tour by winning the Assn. of Volleyball Professionals (AVP) Crocs Slam San Diego on Sunday. Wacholder and Turner, seeded fifth, defeated the No. 2 seeded team of Annett Davis and Jenny Johnson Jordan, 21-16, 19-21, 15-10, in the title match. Wacholder is a 1993 graduate of Laguna Beach High.
September 1, 2006
Rachel Wacholder returned to the scene of her college playing days last weekend as the former Laguna Beach High volleyball standout went to Boulder, Colo., for the 13th stop on the 2006 Assn. of Volleyball Professionals Crocs Tour. Wacholder and teammate Jennifer Boss, ranked third, came up with a third-place finish in the women's tournament at the Boulder Open, an event won by the top-ranked team of Misty May-Treanor and Kerri Walsh. Wacholder and former partner Elaine Youngs defeated May-Treanor and Walsh in the women's final at last year's Boulder Open.