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Teams gear up for $100k battle on North Avenue Beach!

Scott and Hyden Head Men’s Field for
Corona Light Wide Open July 30 and 31 at Chicago’s North Avenue Beach

CHICAGO, Ill. (July 20, 2011) --- With two Corona Light Wide Open championships already secured, Sean Scott and John Hyden, one of the top-ranked teams in professional beach volleyball will try to pick up their third consecutive Wide Open title when they compete in the $100,000 Corona Light Wide Open July 30 and 31 at Chicago’s North Avenue Beach.

Other men’s teams expected to compete in the two-day event include 2010 US Open of Beach Volleyball champion Aaron Wachtfogel, who will partner with former AVP Rookie of the Year, Bill Strickland, and Ty Loomis, a four-time winner on the 2010 Corona Light Wide Open and his partner, 2004 Australian Olympian Mark Williams. Also expected to compete are Kevin McColloch and Matt Olson, who were the runners-up in the Wide Open season opener in Siesta Key, Fla.

The Corona Light Wide Open is a weekend festival of beach volleyball, music and fun and is making its annual stop at North Avenue Beach. Created, in part, by volleyball legend Karch Kiraly and featuring an appearance by Brian Lewis, a former No. 1 player in the world, the event includes a free concert between the Men’s and Women’s Open division championship matches at approximately 3 p.m. on Sunday, July 31 featuring singer-songwriter Kelley James.

Play will be held in nine 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 Online entry is available until 5 p.m. local time on Friday, July 29. The Corona Light Wide Open is produced, promoted and managed by Cleveland-based The Elevation Group.