Karch reinjured his calf muscle. The newspapers have reported the story. Brent
Doble will play again with Matt Lyles.
Tournament missing sport's biggest names
Whitmarsh and Ceman appear to be the class of the Huntington Beach Open field.
June 15, 2001
By SHAWN PRICE
The Orange County Register
HUNTINGTON BEACH The good news about the AVP Paul Mitchell Huntington Beach
Open this weekend is that it's going to be here in Surf City. The bad news is
that most of the best teams will not.
Teams including Sydney Olympics gold medalists Dain Blanton (Laguna Beach) and
Eric Fonoimoana, along with Dax Holgren and Todd Rodgers, as well as newly
returning AVP heroes Sinjin Smith and Carl Henkel will be in the distant Canary
The American women's teams will be in Italy for FIVB tournaments.
Karch Kiraly of San Clemente has withdrawn for the second week in a row because
The heavily depleted ranks of American beach volleyball elite are caused by the
commitments the teams made before the AVP's recent restructuring.
In their absence, Kiraly's new partner, Brent Doble (Capistrano Beach), will
team again with Matt Lyles. The open field should create an open path for Mike
Whitmarsh and Canyon Ceman to the top, but there could be a surprise or two
There are 62 teams competing for the $62,500 purse. Competition begins today at
9 a.m. at the Huntington Beach Pier with the qualification tournament of 34
Ceman (Manhattan Beach) won the event here last year with partner Brian Lewis
(Huntington Beach), beating Kiraly and Adam Johnson (San Clemente).
Kiraly and Johnson won the finals of the Oldsmobile USA Volleyball event in
1999. This year's winners will split $14,000.
Kiraly Is Out of Huntington Beach
By MIKE BRESNAHAN
You could hear it in his short, choppy sentences. The only three-time
gold-medalist in Olympic volleyball history was frustrated. Angry, even.
Karch Kiraly was supposed to make his return Saturday at the Huntington
Beach Open, capping his rehabilitation from a dislocated shoulder he suffered
last August while trying to qualify for a fourth Olympics.
But he aggravated a week-old calf injury Thursday and will pull out of the
already thin tournament, the second stop of the Assn. of Volleyball
"It's been far too long since I've played in a tournament," Kiraly said.
"It'll have to wait until next month."
Kiraly, 40, initially targeted his return for last weekend's Hermosa Beach
Open, but strained his left calf muscle a few days before the tournament and
had to withdraw.
With several of the top men's teams playing in an international tournament
in Spain, Kiraly was expected to be the main attraction this weekend.
But he said he won't play until July 13-15 in Muskegon, Mich., the third
of eight AVP tournaments.
Mike Whitmarsh and Canyon Ceman will be the top-seeded team at Huntington
Beach. The main draw is Saturday and Sunday.
Qualifying rounds begin today for the tournament, one of three AVP events
without a women's division.