Beach Volleyball Athletes  

Anthony Medel
Anthony grew up playing volleyball in Santa Barbara under the tutelage of his High School Coach Jon Lee. He has been competing on the beach since he was 14 years old, and won his first tournament at 16. Although Medel grew up playing both indoor and beach volleyball, beach has always been his passion. It has always been a dream of his to someday play alongside some of the all-time greats he grew up watching on the AVP Tour. During his time at San Marcos High as an outside hitter, he helped the Royals grab two Channel League Championships and three CIF appearances with a fourth place finish his senior year along with an undefeated league record. He earned all-Channel League honors his junior and senior year. After a brief stint as a starting outside hitter for Santa Barbara City College, he transferred to Golden West and helped lead them to a second place finish in the State in 1999-2000, ranking #1 in kills and aces, and notching a First Team All-Conference selection. Anthony was also an Orange County Athlete of the Week in 2000 for the Rustlers, compiling 57 kills in two playoff matches. During his time in college, Medel competed in numerous semi-pro beach tournaments. After two years of Junior College volleyball, Medel decided to forgo his final two years of eligibility at a University and give the AVP Tour a shot. Medel took his first career top ten finish in Austin with partner John Moran. In 2005 he began playing with partner Ty Loomis, and the two notched a ninth place finish in Huntington Beach. Midway through the 2006 season he teamed with Fred Souza, and their six tournaments resulted in his six best career finishes to that point, with two fifth place finishes in Manhattan Beach and Birmingham, two seventh place finishes in Brooklyn and Cincinnati, and two ninth place finishes in Chicago and Boulder. Medel finished the 2006 season ranked fourth on the AVP Tour in aces, with .65 per game, and twelfth in digs with 479. After the 2006 season and his new found success with Souza, he traveled to Brazil to begin practicing with Souza for the upcoming 2007 season. Medel and Souza's success has continued this year as they are currently fifth in points for the crocs cup, finishing outside the top ten only once in their partnership. The two have also bested their finishes from last season appearing in two semi-finals, most notably Manhattan beach where medel and souza took down Rogers and dollhouse (#3 seed) and knocked Lambert and Metzger (#1 seed) out of the tournament. Medel is currently has the third most aces on tour and is also in the top ten in digs. Medel is currently finishing his teaching credentials at Long Beach State, and is also coaching for Joy Fuerbringer's prestigious Club Mizuno Long Beach during his off-season.

 

Reid Priddy Reid Priddy
Reid was a three time All-American at Loyola Marymount, where he received a degree in communication studies in 2000. He was an alternate for the 2000 U.S. Olympic team, and played in the 2004 Olympics in Athens, helping the U.S. to a fourth-place finish. He has been one of the most consistent performers for the men's National Team over the last 6 years, leading the team in kills most of those years.


 


Fred Souza Fred Souza
Fred began playing on the FIVB Tour in 1995 and was the 2000 Brazilian King of the Beach winner. In his second AVP tournament, in Hermosa Beach in 2000, he and Eduardo Bacil advanced to the semifinals. They played in four Final Fours in both 2000 and 2002, as Fred did not play on the AVP Tour in 2001. He finished seventh in points in 2002. After not playing on the AVP Tour in 2004 and despite not making it to any semifinals in 2005, he ranked among the leaders in several statistical categories in 2005. He was first in aces (115), second in kill percentage (.606), and fifth in hitting percentage (.440). In 2006 he again led the tour in aces, notching 155 (1.12 per game). Souza grew up in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, where he was a champion swimmer as a young teenager.

 


Ryan Millar Ryan Millar
Ryan Millar is founder and creator of The Next Level Volleyball Camps. He is currently a head volleyball coach for the BYU men’s volleyball team and starting middle for the National Team. His happiest moments in sports were winning the NCAA men’s volleyball championship in 1999 at BYU and walking onto the court during the first match of his first Olympic Games. Ryan graduated from BYU in 2001 with a degree in sociology and worked towards a minor in coaching. His goals in life are to be a good dad, a good husband, and to win a National Championship as a player and as a coach (he is half way there). Ryan loves to coach as much as he loves to play volleyball.


 


Jeff Nygaard:

  • 1st - 2003 AVP San Diego Open
  • 3rd - 2003 AVP Tempe
  • 1st - FIVB Greece
  • 3rd - 2003 FIVB France

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Adam Jewell

Height - 6'5"
Weight - 210 lbs.
Birth Date - June 24, 1975
Education - El Camino College
Home Town - Redondo Beach, CA

Jewell started playing volleyball at South Torrance High School and advanced his abilities at El Camino College. He was recruited by the University of Hawaii. Adam continued his training on the beaches of Southern California and began playing full-time on the AVP Tour in 1998. Adam did well right away. After getting a 7th place finish and several 9th place finishes with Lee LeGrande, Jewell finished his 1998 rookie year with a career high 5th place finish in San Diego playing with Brent Doble. Jewell started the 1999 AVP season ranked 38th and by the end he advanced to 21st. In 1999, Jewell had several 7th and 9th place AVP finishes and he finished the year with a 5th at the Manhattan Beach Open playing for the first time with Eduardo Bacil (Anjinho). In 2001, he finished 2nd in Virginia Beach and 3rd in Huntington Beach.

Jewell achieved the jump from 38th to 21st ranking in 1999, and then moved to 14th in 2001. He finished the 2002 season in the top ten, and had continued success in 2003; finishing 3rd in the Hermosa Open on NBC. In 2004, Jewell finished 1st in Austin, 2nd in Belmar, and finished the year ranked 2nd in points. Adam is now an established player and is well recognized on the AVP Tour.

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Jake Gibb
Jake Gibb

Height - 6'8"
Weight - 210 lbs.
27 years old
Education - El Camino College
Home Town - Fountain Valley, CA

Graduated from the Univesity of Utah - played club VB there #1 ranked amateur player in UT for many years Present partner - Adam Jewell Rookie year - Finishes in 2003 - 3rd in Hermosa, 5th in Belmar Presently ranked 22nd. Known for his huge block, this 6'8" phenom is poised to become the AVP Rookie of the Year.


 



 

John Moran

Height - 6'5"
Weight - 205 lbs.
Birth Date - April 19, 1976
Education - University of Arizona, 1998 Graduate
Home Town - Phoenix, AZ
Residence - Hermosa Beach
4th Year AVP Tour

Regarded as a nice guy, fiery competitor, and a hard worker with a lot of heart, John has been climbing his way onto the AVP Tour since 2000. He splits duties between the beach and his "other" career as a top account executive for one of the nation's largest transportation providers.

John has "GUERRA" tattooed on his back in memory of his beloved mother.

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Tim Hovland

Height - 6'4"
Weight - 200 lbs.
Birth Date - February 23, 1959
Education - University of Southern California
Home Town - Playa Del Ray, CA

Widely known as The Hov, Tim Hovland has 60 open wins to his credit!

Out of those 60 open wins, 51 came when The Hov was playing with Mike Dodd. There are only two other teams in the history of the AVP that had this kind of dominance Š Sinjin Smith/Randy Stoklos and Karch Kiraly/Kent Steffes

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Mark Kerins

Mark Kerins

Height - 6'5"
Weight - 210 lbs.
Birth Date - August 24, 1967
Education - Long Beach State University

Home Town Š Oceanside, CA

Known as The Primal One by some, Mark KerinsÕ primordial grunts can be heard from afar as he pounds volleyballs to his opponentÕs sand.

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Susan Steinmetz Susan Steinmetz

As a surfer for the past seventeen years, I have developed a style and repertoire of maneuvers that I have honed in the breaks growing up around my home in Palos Verdes, and abroad. I have gained my contest experience first through high school contests and then later in the NSSA. I surf regularly in NSSA southwest and various Pro-Am contests with solid results.

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Colin Smith

Height - 6'4"
Weight - 200 lbs.
Eyes - Blue
Hair - Sandy Blonde
Residence - Hermosa Beach, CA
Home Town Š Santa Cruz, CA
Hobbies - Basketball, Water Polo, Traveling and almost anything fun in the outdoors.

Currently ranked 28th on the AVP tour..

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Brad Torsone

Born: January 14, 1975
Hometown: Rochester, NY
Currently: Redondo Beach, CA
College: Syracuse University – Mechanical Engineering
Height: 6’7”
Weight: 210 lbs

Brad Torsone began playing volleyball in college at Syracuse University. Torsone earned a degree in Mechanical Engineering and was also a Dean’s list graduate. Upon graduation he moved to the West Coast in order to pursue his dream as a pro beach volleyball player. Torsone was selected to participate in the 1999 Pan American Games in only his second season on the beach. Torsone was also selected as a GM ‘Team behind the Team’ Olympic Hopeful athlete.

AVP Tour Ranking:

1998 136
1999 109
2000 54
2001 33
2002 26

Highlights:

· 1999 Pan American Games, Winnipeg, Canada: 7th Place
· 2001 AVP Tour: Huntington Beach, CA: 7th Place
· 2002 AVP Tour: Hermosa Beach, CA: 7th Place
· General Motors selected ‘Olympic Hopeful Athlete’ and recipient of
commemorative vehicle.

Current Sponsors:

SMACK Sportswear www.smacksportswear.com


Aaron Boss

Professional Beach Volleyball Player

Age: 32

Height: 6'6"

Weight: 205 Lbs.

Years on AVP Tour: 7

Hometown: San Diego, CA

Resides in: Hermosa Beach, CA

College: San Diego State University

AVP Tour Victories: 1(Virginia Beach 2001 w/ Collin Smith)

Top Nine Finishes: 38

Past Sponsors: 24 Hour Fitness, Redsand, Smack Sportswear, Momentum
Sportswear

Current Sponsors: Dragon Optical

Hobbies: Surfing, Snowboarding, Skateboarding, Yoga, Cruising the Strand on my bike, etc...

 

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