So the question is this: Can the AVP Tour survive — outside of its traditional homeland of LA, that is — without the team of Misty May-Treanor and Kerri Walsh? Apparently so. Check out the tour’s newest sponsor — Kentucky Grilled Chicken. If the product that David Letterman once dubbed “Hot, Oily Hens” can find a home on the beach volleyball circuit, the field is wide open.
Stopped by Pier 32 in San Francisco on Sunday to catch the women’s and men’s finals of the San Francisco Open, which marks the beginning of the end of the 2009 AVP Crocs Tour. Second-seeded Jennifer Kessy and April Ross beat top-seeded Nicole Branagh and Elaine Youngs for the women’s title, and top-seeded Olympic gold medalists Todd Rogers and Phil Dalhausser beat second-seeded John Hyden and Sean Scott for the second straight weekend in the men’s final.
And the Bud Light Lime Girls continue to impress, although I’m still nostalgic for the Cuervo Girls. More photos after the jump.