Born : February 6, 1976
Partner : Sean Rosenthal
Gibb is one of the few players on the AVP that did not play volleyball in college. Instead, he grew up in Bountiful, Utah playing golf and basketball. It was not until he turned 21 that he took up the sport of beach volleyball with his twin brother, Coleman. He is the youngest of 11 children (six boys, five girls). He graduated from the University of Utah in 2002 with a degree in business. He and wife Jane, who has also played in some AVP tournaments, were married in 2000 and moved to Southern California in 2002.
Born : November 3, 1983
Partner : Jenny Kropp
Pavlik was a first-team all-conference choice while playing outside hitter at UCI. She set the school record for hitting percentage in a single match as a senior, and recorded the third-best hitting percentage in a season for the Anteaters.
She was the AVP Rookie of the Year in 2008
Partner : Matt Prosser
Mayer is the head men's volleyball coach at Santa Monica College, and is assisted by fellow AVP players Yariv Lerner and Billy Allen. Mayer was named co-Western State Conference Coach of the Year in guiding the team to the 2008 conference championship.
He was the AVP's Most Improved Player in 2009
Born : March 11, 1981
Partner : Lauren Fendrick
Hanson was a four-year letterwinner at UC-Santa Barbara where she played every position except for middle blocker. She was a third-team All-American her senior year (2002) while ranking third nationally in assists. As an outside hitter, she was named the Big West Freshman of the Year in 1999, and three times was selected to the all-conference team. Graduating with a degree in Law and Society, she left the school ranked fifth in career digs, sixth in assists, and eighth in aces.
Born : January 29, 1974
Partner : Nick Lucena
Fuerbringer spent five years playing professionally in Europe and speaks fluent Spanish. He has also spent time writing for DIG Magazine. In the off-season, Fuerbringer is the strength and conditioning coach for the Mizuno Long Beach Volleyball Club, which is owned by his wife Joy McKenzie, a former All-American at LBSU. They have a daughter, Charlie, born in 2006, and a son, Mateo, born in 2009.
He was named AVP Rookie of the Year in 2003.
Born : March 20, 1982
Partner : Brooke Niles Hanson
In high school Fendrick was a three-sport athlete who was the North County Times Female Scholar-Athlete of the Year. In the summer of 1998, she was the kill leader while playing on the USA Volleyball Youth National Team.
Born : June 19, 1980
Partner : Jake Gibb
Rosenthal is the second of seven children (six boys and the youngest is a girl). He prepped at Redondo Union High School and never played organized volleyball but grew up playing beach volleyball. He played in the AVA National Championships in 2000 and 2001. He has a local legion of fans in the South Bay, known as "Rosie's Raiders."
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Born : January 31, 1979
Partner : Angie Akers
Branagh is the only women's player to twice be named AVP's Most Improved Player. A member of the U.S. National Team from 2001-2003, and played for the bronze-medal team in the Pan-Am Games in 2003. She played professionally in Japan and Italy after graduation.
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Born : September 22, 1979
Partner : Matt Fuerbringer
Nick graduated from Florida State with a sports management degree. He has three brothers and a sister, Lauren, who played soccer at Florida Atlantic.
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Born : June 17, 1979
Partner : Whitney Pavlik
Kropp was a middle blocker on Nebraska's undefeated team of 2000, with her coach labeling her the "heart
of the team." She was a second-team All-American in 2001 as a senior, and twice was a first-team all-Region selection. She was fifth on the Nebraska career block charts, and stepped up her play in the postseason, with a 1.47 block per game average as well as a .340 hitting percentage in the NCAA Tournament. Following graduation from NU, she played professionally in Puerto Rico. She began playing volleyball when she was in seventh grade.
She was AVP Rookie of the Year 2007
Born : October 7, 1972
Partner : Sean Scott
Hyden has played alongside six former teammates from his two indoor Olympic teams in his career, out of his 10 partners.
Before his successful transition to the beach, Hyden had an outstanding indoor career where he was a member of the United
States National Team for five years (1995-2000) and was an outside hitter on the 1996 and 2000 Olympic Teams. In 1996, he was voted the team MVP.
He was named AVP Best Defensive Player 2009
Born : April 17, 1981
Partner : Brooke Sweat
Kristen Batt, a 6’0 resident of Venice, Florida, graduated from Venice High School in 1999. She lettered in volleyball, basketball, and softball. She led the Venice volleyball team to a state championship and was named MVP her junior and senior years.
Kristen moved back to Florida in 2005 to pursue her dream of playing professional beach volleyball. She was named the 2009 EVP Rookie of the Year. She is Head Coach for Cardinal Mooney High School Volleyball and Director for the High School programs at Suncoast Volleyball Club in Sarasota, Florida.
Born : June 29, 1973
Partner : John Hyden
Scott has played alongside five beach Olympians in his career.
A native of Kailua, Oahu, Scott started playing volleyball at the age of 15. In November 2007 he married fellow AVP Pro Beach Volleyball player Rachel Wacholder. They had a son, Koa, on April 3, 2009.
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Born : March 27, 1986
Partner : Kristen Batt
Sweat played on the inaugural team at Florida Gulf Coast University, leaving as the team's career leader in kills. She tallied over 1,000 kills and digs in her four years. The school was Division II her first three seasons and became a Division I school her senior year. As a junior, Sweat was named the AVCA South Region player of the year. She was selected as an Atlantic Sun Conference second-team player her senior season.
Formerly Brooke Youngquist, she married fellow AVP player Nicholas Sweat.
Born : November 27, 1978
Partner : John Mayer
An All-American middle blocker in 1999 and 2000, Prosser set the highest single match hitting percentage in LBSU's history (.867 vs. LMU on 3/18/98). He left the school ranked second in career hitting percentage, fourth in blocks and 12th in kills. A four-year starter, he was a Freshman All-American in 1998, and a member of the NCAA runner-up team in 1999.
In 2005 Prosser began serving as an assistant coach for the LBSU men's team.
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