Cutting work to go watch or play in the AVP qualifier on Thursday? Four men’s and four women’s teams will advance to the main draw on Friday, so get to know the guys and gals competing before you head down to Hudson River Park, where the men’s qualifier and the main draw will be hosted, or to the Brooklyn Bridge Park, where the women’s qualifier will be played, starting at 1 p.m. on Thursday


Women’s Qualifier Teams, in order of seeding

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Meg Chetwood Dawson (San Diego, California) and Tiffany Marinos (San Marcos, California)

Marinos won three NAIA national championships as a member of the indoor team at Fresno Pacific University and is now a doctor of physical therapy, while Dawson trains with the Elite Development Program run by Holly McPeak and Barbara Fontana. This duo barely missed qualifying for the main draw in New Orleans, losing in the final round of the qualifier.

Lynne Galli (San Diego, California) and Lisa Rutledge (San Diego, California)

This San Diego-based duo is competing on the AVP together for the first time; however, both women have played on the tour on and off for the past 10 or so years. Rutledge had her best season in 2009 when she placed a career-high second with then partner Brooke Niles.

Dana Fiume (Merrick, New York) and Amanda Wiggins (Temecula, California)

Fiume played at Syracuse where she still holds the all-time career kills record (1,698). Last summer, she and Hilary Pavels qualified for the AVP Milwaukee Open and finished a career-high ninth. The 30-year-old Wiggins is a member of the USA Beach Volleyball Elite Development Program and finished 17th in NOLA with Andrea Peterson.

Taylor Nutterfield (Austin, Texas) and Courtney Trevino (Austin, Texas)

Nutterfield, 24, a former member of the Texas State club volleyball team, and Trevino, 25, a former right side hitter for St. Edwards College in Austin, claimed the fourth seed in the NYC qualifier. Nutterfield played with Autumn Erickson in the New Orleans qualifier, but this will be Trevino’s first AVP appearance since 2010.

Kristine Monforte (Fort Lauderdale, Florida) and Summer Nash (Fort Lauderdale, Florida)

Seattle native Summer Nash played sand volleyball at Florida International after completing her four years of indoor eligibility at San Diego State. She met Webber International transfer Monforte at FIU where the duo competed together for the Panthers at the No. 2 spot.

Janelle Allen (Redondo Beach, California) and Traci Morin (Redondo Beach, California)

The 5’10” Allen played basketball and volleyball at Eastern Washington after setting records in both sports as a high school athlete. She and her partner Morin will seek to improve up on their career-best 13th place finishes on the AVP. Morin, Michigan native, played in college at Western Michigan.

Jennifer Dalhausser (Manhattan Beach, California) and Tori Grafeman (Manhattan Beach, California)

Dalhausser (ne Corral) was a standout college player, leading her Ventura College team to the state finals and leading her conference in kills and digs. She later transferred to Tennessee State, earning honorable mention all-conference. And yes, she’s married to Phil Dalhausser. Grafeman, who played indoor professionally in Europe after graduating from Winthrop University in South Carolina.

Gretchen Duffner-Hand (Fort Lauderdale, Florida) and Carol Welcher (El Cajon, California)

Duffner-Hand, a real estate agent and high school physical education teacher, played collegiately at the University of New Orleans and University of Missouri St. Louis and entered her first AVP tournament in 2004. She and Welcher, who played at Cal State Dominguez Hills before going pro in Europe, will seek to qualify for the AVP main draw for the second time this season.

Jennifer Henderson (Redondo Beach, California) and Heidi Pfeiffer (Milwaukee, Wisconsin)

Pfeiffer played two seasons at Division III Washington University St. Louis where her team won the national championship in 2003 before transferring to Marquette for the remainder of her eligibility. Henderson’s beach career is highlighted by an eighth-place finish at the Manzanillo NORCECA event in 2008.

Kelly Claes (Fullerton, California) and Sara Hughes (Costa Mesa, California)

Expect big things from this young duo. Claes and Hughes, both rising juniors in the USC beach volleyball program, dominated NCAA sand volleyball this season, helping their Trojan squad win the national team title before snagging the pairs title. Claes and Hughes also took bronze in last year’s FIVB U21 World Championships in Cyprus.

Lilla Frederick (Huntington Beach, California) and Alexa Strange (Los Angeles, California)

Frederick and Strange are also products of the NCAA beach volleyball system, with Frederick going undefeated with partner Kim Hill her senior season and Strange helping USC to the 2015 national team title.

Lauren DeTurk (Boston, Massachusetts) and Sydney DeTurk (Yucaipa, California)

This set of sisters (who both played Division I ball in college, Lauren at Northeastern and Sydney at San Diego State) originally from Yucaipa, Calfornia, reunite for AVP NYC. Lauren is the assistant women’s volleyball coach at UMass Lowell and took ninth at the NVL Ocean City Championships earlier this summer.

Amanda Alles (Santa Ana, California) and Maggie Kowalska (South River, New Jersey)

Alles, a New Jersey native, returns home to the East Coast to compete with fellow New Jersey girl Kowalska. Alles played at UNLV and is now a personal trainer, while Kowalska, who was born in Warsaw, Poland, was an outside hitter for Stevens Institute of Technology.

Noelle Bay (Huntington Beach, California) and Lisa Jedlicka (Huntington Beach, California)

A native of Selden, New York, Bay was an outside hitter at Stony Brook University, and Jedlicka, who graduated from high school in Simpsonville, South Carolina, played at both Clemson and Palm Beach Atlantic University and is now a certified personal trainer and life coach.

Dianne Johannson (San Diego, California) and Christine Lynders (Greenwich, Connecticut)

Lydners played at UConn, lettering in 1990 and 1991. She and Johannson will play Galli and Rutledge in the first round of the qualifier.

Men’s Qualifier Teams, in order of seeding

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Adam Cabbage (Hermosa Beach, California) and John Moran (Redondo Beach, California)

Cabbage and Moran took ninth in New Orleans earlier this year, defeating Hudson Bates and Derek Olson in in their second main draw match. This performance earned these two Cali boys the first seed in the NYC qualifier.

Ty Loomis (Laguna Beach, California) and Kevin McColloch (Solano Beach, California)

Loomis and McColloch, two thirty-something long-time AVP competitors, will seek to surge out of the qualifier and best McColloch’s career high of fifth and earn Loomis his second title (he won the 2009 Brooklyn Open with Casey Patterson.

Bradley Lawson (Hermosa Beach, California) and Adam Roberts (Myrtle Beach, South Carolina)

Roberts, who played his first AVP tournament in 1998, played basketball in college before turning his attentions to volleyball full-time. The 39-year-old will compete for the second time this year with former Stanford star, 6-foot-7 Brad Lawson.

Raffe Paulis (Redondo Beach, California) and Jake Rosener (Hermosa Beach, California)

Paulis, who made the move out to California in 2012 after graduating from Northeastern Illinois University, will partner with former UC Santa Barbara opposite Rosener. The duo lost in the final round of the qualifier in New Orleans.

Paul Araiza (La Mesa, California) and Alejandro Parra (San Diego, California)

Parra, a native of Columbia, went to UC Santa Barbara where he played middle. AVP NYC will be his eighth time competing on the AVP. He and partner Araiza will seek to beat their career best 17th-place finish. Araiza is an assistant coach at San Diego City College and a graduate of San Diego State.

Mark Burik (Queens, New York) and Curt Toppel (Pacific Palisades, California)

The 34-year-old Toppel was a three-time All-American indoors at Stanford and earned his career-high 13th on the AVP back in 2010. His partner for AVP NYC, Burik, is a New York native and played collegiately at George Mason. Burik will seek to improve upon his career-high ninth, which he earned at the AVP Cincinnati Open in 2013.

Taylor Crabb (Honolulu, Hawaii) and Spencer McLachlin (Honolulu, Hawaii)

Both products of the legendary Punahou High School volleyball program, Crabb and McLachlin each had decorated NCAA careers with McLachlin earning a national championship at Stanford in 2010 and Crabb being named AVCA Player of the Year in 2013.

Jonathan Alvarez (Huntington Beach, California) and Kyle Neely (Scottsdale, Arizona)

Alvarez, 41, a Texas native who moved out to California three years ago in hopes of making an AVP main draw, rocks a stunning mohawk and will be competing with 6-foot-8, 25-year-old Kyle Neely, a California native and former basketball player currently living in Scottsdale, Arizona.

Shane Donohue (Freehold, New Jersey) and Kristopher Fraser (Edison, New Jersey)

Donohue earned a 13th in New Orleans with Mark Burik, but teams up in NYC with Fraser, a fellow graduate of Ramapo College in Mahwah, New Jersey. A multitalented gentleman, Fraser is a World Series of Beer Pong champion and a chemist for LOreal.

Gary Barnes (Hermosa Beach, California) and Ozz Borges (Santa Monica, California)

Borges, originally from Cuba, and Barnes will be playing in their third AVP qualifier together when they take the sand in New York City. The 44-year-old Barnes took a career-high 17th with Riley Theunissen at last year’s AVP Huntington Beach Championships.

Cullen Irons (Hanford, California) and Andrew McGuire (Hermosa Beach, California)

The 6’8″ Irons and 6’0″ McGuire, both 27, are playing in their first qualifier of the year. Irons is an assistant coach at his alma mater UC Santa Barbara and McGuire is a Manhattan Beach real estate agent and is married to Heather McGuire (ne Hughes) who plays on the women’s tour.

Jake Dietrich (Santa Clarita, California) and Matt Jones (Santa Barbara, California)

Jones is a former Harvard men’s volleyball player. He holds the Crimson’s career records for kills and aces and is currently the head coach of the men’s volleyball team at Santa Barbara City College. Dietrich played outside hitter for the Division III UC Santa Cruz Banana Slugs, graduating in 2012, and is now the head coach of the Santa Cruz High School girls volleyball team.

Patric Santiago (Baldwin, New York) and Matt Toner (Baldwin, New York)

These two local college coaches are talented multisport athletes. Santiago, head volleyball coach at his alma mater Farmingdale State, is the only student-athlete to ever compete in four sports (soccer, golf, indoor track, and outdoor track) at Farmingdale, and Toner played lacrosse at Stony Brook University and is currently the assistant volleyball coach at Adelphi University.

Maddison McKibbin (Honolulu, Hawaii) and Riley McKibbin (Honolulu, Hawaii)

Back in the states after playing indoors professionally overseas, the McKibbin brothers, who both played collegiately at USC, will compete on the pro beach volleyball tour together for the first time.

Andrew Dentler (Fairfax, Virginia) and Eric Lucas (Ellicott City, Maryland)

These former George Mason players will fight for the glory of the Mid-Atlantic in the NYC qualifier. Lucas qualified for the main draw in last year’s AVP Atlantic City stop with Shane Donohue, while Dentler qualified in the 2014 Cincinnati event with Mark Burik.

Chris McDonald (Santa Ana, California) and Drew Pitlik (Redondo Beach, California)

This duo of transplants to Southern CaliforniaMcDonald, a former college wrestler originally from Hawaii, and Pitlik, from Rock Island, Illinoishopes to live the dream and make the main draw in the team’s second AVP qualifier of the year.

Roman Onishchenko (Portland, Oregon) and David Vorobets (Portland, Oregon)

Vorobets won the men’s AA division at last year’s Seaside tournament and at 20 years old is the second-youngest competitor in the men’s qualifier. Onishchenko has had great success with partner Chris Littlefield in the AVPNext Northwest tournaments so far this summer, boasting a first, second, and third place finish.

Kyle ONeill (Long Beach, New York) and Mike Salak (New York, New York)

If youre looking for a local team to cheer for, it doesnt get much more local than this duo. ONeill grew up on Long Island and played libero for Rivier University in New Hampshire, before returning to New York and winning beach tournaments all up and down the coast of the Northeast. Salak, a native Brooklynite, is a teacher and coach at Park Slope Collegiate, a public secondary school.

Timmy Epps (Stamford, Connecticut) and Chris Fleming (San Diego, California

Connecticut-native Epps and San Diego State grad Fleming bring East and West Coast together in hopes of making their main draw debut.

Josue Castillo (Garfield, New Jersey) and Danko Iordanov (Lakewood, California)

Castillo, a personal trainer and a graduate of the Ramapo College men’s volleyball program, joins forces with Bulgaria-native Iordanov who played collegiately at Rutgers where he was named the Male Athlete of the Year in 2003. After college, Iordanov moved out to California and played his first AVP tournament in 2004.

Jeremy Ayers (Wilmington, Delaware) and Christopher Gass (Wilmington, Delaware)

Ayers and Gass are playing in their second AVP tournament together this year after trying their talents at the AVP New Orleans Open. Ayers coaches volleyball for Delaware Juniors and Gass won a Division III championship while a member of the men’s volleyball team at Juniata.

Stik Coffin (Greensboro, North Carolina) and Jared Williams (High Point, North Carolina)

Williams, a High Point University sports medicine grad, is a licensed massage therapist and club volleyball coach. His partner for the weekend, Coffin, had his AVP debut in last year’s Atlantic City qualifier.

Jacob Hillman (Bristol, Connecticut) and Brian Marsh (Meriden, Connecticut)

Marsh played in four qualifiers last year with his son Tyler Machie-Marsh and will play with the 22-year-old Hillman in NYC. This will be Hillman’s AVP qualifier debut.

Brian Wells (Farmington, Maine) and Andy Wimmer (Bath, Maine)

Wells, the pride of Mainiac volleyball, made his AVP debut in last year’s Atlantic City Open with Kyle ONeill. This year, hell compete alongside the 6-foot-7 Wimmer, an East Stroudsburg University grad who played both basketball and volleyball in college and recently moved to Maine from Florida.

Douglas Battersby (Ringwood, New Jersey) and Adam Gustafson (Monee, Illinois)

Battersby and Gustafson were teammates at the New Jersey Institute of Technology. The AVP NYC qualifier will be the 23-year-old Battersby’s first-ever AVP event and 25-year-old Gustafson’s third.

Mario Raden (Norfolk, Virginia) and Gene Wade (Virginia Beach, Virginia)

Raden, a 19-year-old student of physical therapy at Old Dominion University, and Gene Wade, a 45-year-old Nixon, Missouri, native who played basketball for a year at South Carolina State and was then drafted by the L.A. Dodgers, compete on the sand of Virginia Beach and will make the journey north to play in NYC.

Jeff Schietzelt (New York, New York) and Aresio Souza (Hoboken, New Jersey)

Schietzelt, a New York City trial attorney, will be playing in his first AVP qualifier since 2007, while Brazilian-born Souza is a PhD student at NYU and will be playing in his third AVP qualifier.

Wes Moore (Long Branch, New Jersey) and Dan Sempkowski (East Brunswick, New Jersey)

Moore has played in at least one AVP qualifier every year between 2001 and 2010, with the exception of 2002 and 2008. This will be the 37-year-old’s first appearance in a qualifier in four years, and he will play with Sempkowski, the head women’s volleyball coach at Georgia Court University, and a product of the Ramapo men’s volleyball program.

Brett Scarmazzo (Elmwood Park, New Jersey) and Joseph Style (Bellerose, New York)

The 31-year-old Style and 30-year old Scarmazzo will match their East Coast-swag up against qualifier No. 4 seed Paulis and Rosener in the first round.

Robert Griffiths (Carteret, New Jersey) and Jon Rose (Hoboken, New Jersey)

Rose is an avid CrossFitter and snowboarder; Griffiths graduated from of New Jersey City University where he played opposite for the Knights.

Peter Amadeo (New York, New York) and Jesse Wolfson (Long Beach, New York)

Amadeo and Wolfson, both 32, took second in the East End Spalding Season Opener in Long Beach, New York, earlier this summer and look to transfer their success onto the pro stage in their home state.


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