CHICAGO, ILL. (Aug. 16, 2011) --- This weekend Sean Scott and John Hyden will attempt to complete a clean sweep of the Men’s Open division championships at all four Corona Light Wide Open professional beach volleyball events when the Wide Open returns to Hermosa Beach, Calif. for three days of professional volleyball action Aug. 20 – 22 at the Hermosa Beach Pier.
Scott, from Honolulu, Hawaii, and Hyden, of San Diego, Calif. have not lost a match and have lost only one game all season en route to winning the Corona Light Wide Open titles at Siesta Key, Fla., Seaside Heights, N.J., and Chicago, Ill.
Among the teams lining up for a shot at Scott and Hyden are Aaron Wachtfogel and Bill Strickland; Ty Loomis and Mark Williams, who have been the only team to get a game off of Scott and Hyden and Tim Wooliver and Colin Kazlow, who picked up two titles on the 2010 Corona Light Wide Open.
There are several other teams entered that have a good chance of doing well this weekend, including former Olympian and international star Kevin Wong, who is partnered with Steve VanderWerp, Matt Olson and Jeff Nygaard and Scott Lane will team with Casey Jennings in the Men’s Open draw.
The Men’s and Women’s Open divisions will share a purse of $75,000 with $11,250 going to the winners in each of the elite divisions. International volleyball rules will be used and seeding will be based on current USA Volleyball Beach Player Rankings.
Both the Men’s and Women’s Open divisions will be limited to 32 teams and players will be seeded and placed in the draws based on the current USA Volleyball Beach Player Rankings.
The Corona Light Wide Open is a weekend festival of beach volleyball, music and fun and is making its annual stop in Southern California. The nationwide tour was created, in part, by volleyball legend Karch Kiraly and features an appearance by Brian Lewis, a former No. 1 player in the world.
Play will be held in 11 different two-person divisions. In addition to the professionals competing in the Open divisions, more than 250 players are expected to take part in amateur divisions on Saturday and Sunday.
Registration for the 2011 Corona Light Wide Open is available at www.CoronaLightWideOpen.com. Online entry is available until 2 p.m. local time on Friday, Aug. 19. Open division teams must register before 5 p.m. local time on Wednesday, August 17.
The Corona Light Wide Open is produced, promoted and managed by Cleveland-based The Elevation Group.
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Tue, August 16, 2011
by Kyle Canter