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Monday, May 19, 2008

This Thursday on Tyra's show.....

Thursday, May 22nd
"Summer Spectacular"

Summer is just around the corner, and Tyra is revealing what's going to be sizzling hot! First she'll speak with Elle magazine's creative director, Joe Zee, who takes extravagant runway looks and adapts them for everyday life. Then, over a game of volleyball, Tyra interviews professional volleyball player Gabrielle Reece about being the tallest girl in school, getting her body back after her second baby, and the innovative workout videos she created for expectant mothers. Later, relationship expert Matt Titus helps a recently divorced woman find the perfect guy for a summer fling! Tyra also gives the audience tips on how to find flattering sunglasses, healthy alternatives to summer's sweet treats, and the surefire way to avoid sunburn. Plus, see five women who participated in NIVEA's cellulite challenge as they show off their amazing results!

Thursday, May 15, 2008

Rach/Tyra are Seoul Survivors!!!

I saw this article on and I thought I'd post it to the blog! I'm stoked for them!

Americans Turner & Wacholder score Seoul surprise

Americans Tyra Turner (left) and Rachel Wacholder (right) with their coach Kerri Pottharst, a three-time Olympian for Australia
Seoul, Korea, May 15, 2008 - After finishing a disappointing 13th in the 2008 SWATCH FIVB World Tour season opener at the end of March, Americans Tyra Turner and Rachel Wacholder were looking to improve their play on the international Beach Volleyball circuit starting here Thursday at the US$175,000 Seoul Open.

"We were expecting a lot more in Australia, but we did not deliver," said the 31-year old Turner after her team posted a pair of Seoul Open Main Draw wins Thursday to guarantee a ninth this week at the third Asian Confederation event on the 2008 SWATCH FIVB World Tour calendar.

"Today we played a lot better, especially in the second match against the Brazilians," said Turner, who is competing in her ninth SWATCH FIVB World Tour event with Wacholder as the 13th-seeded team in the Seoul Open Main Draw. "We let the first set get away from us after leading the Brazilians 17-11. Rachel started setting me higher and we were able to comeback against a very good team."

The Brazilians Turner was talking about were Talita Antunes and Renata Ribiero, who captured the last women's SWATCH FIVB World Tour event in China two weeks ago where they defeated compatriots Juliana Felisberta Silva and Larissa Franca in the Shanghai finale. Thursday, Turner and Wacholder upset Talita and Renata 19-21, 21-19 and 15-12 in 48 minutes.

With their second SWATCH FIVB World Tour win over Talita and Renata in as many meetings, Turner and Wacholder challenge fifth-seeded Chen Xue and Xi Zhang of China in the third-round of the winner's bracket on the sand courts at the Han River Jamsil Citizen Park. It will be the third meeting between the two teams with the Chinese winning both times, including a three-set victory in Adelaide.

"Rachel and Tyra were a mess in Australia," said Kerri Pottharst, who is coaching the Americans after competing in three Olympic Beach Volleyball competitions for Australia with two medals (Atlanta 1996 bronze and Sydney 2000 gold). "I started coaching the Americans at the end of February and they needed time to adjust to my methods. Results are not always immediate as everyone needed a period of time to adapt to each other."

The winner of the China-United States match will face either top-seeded Juliana and Larissa or eighth-seeded Tamsin Barnett and Natalie Cook of Australia for a spot in Saturday's semi-finals. The Brazilians, who defeated Talita and Renata in the Adelaide final, trail Barnett and Cook in the SWATCH series 2-1. In the first meeting with Juliana and Larissa, Barnett and Cook upset the Brazilians at the 2007 Seoul Open when the Australians captured the gold medal by upsetting Jia Tian and Jie Wang in the finals.

In the lower half of the Seoul Open winner's bracket, two American teams will be competing against tandems from Brazil and China for the second semi-final berth to be determined late Friday afternoon. Second-seeded Nicola Branagh/Elaine Youngs face American rivals Jen Boss/April Ross in an opening third-round match with the winner facing either third-seeded Tian/Wang or sixth-seeded Shelda Bede/Ana Paula Connelly of Brazil.

Branagh and Youngs have won 10 of 13 Beach Volleyball matches with Boss and Ross, who hold a 2-1 edge in SWATCH meetings with their American rivals. In their last FIVB meeting in Brazil last September, Boss and Ross won, but Branagh and Youngs eventually finished third on the podium in Fortaleza after losing to Juliana and Larissa in the semi-finals. Shelda and Ana Paula have never played Tian and Wang.

Including Talita and Renata, 16 other teams remain in contention for the $28,000 first-place as each has one defeat in the double-elimination Seoul Open. Friday's schedule will feature 22 matches highlighted by the winner's bracket quarter-final contests to determine the first two semi-final berths for Seoul Open. Before Saturday's semi-finals, four elimination matches will be played to advance the last two teams to the "final four."

While the women compete in Asia, the men's SWATCH FIVB World Tour is in Europe (Roseto degli Abruzzi) for the third annual $175,000 Italian Open presented by Abruzzo. Both circuits compete at different sites next week in Japan (women) and Croatia (men) before the next double gender event in Barcelona, Spain (May 26-June 1).

Monday, May 12, 2008

New sponsor for the AVP Tour...

According to an article on, the AVP's got a new sponsor for the women. It's a company called Gogie Girl.

This company's also recently picked up Nicole Branagh as a player to sponsor.

here are some links to articles:,388661.shtml

Sunday, May 11, 2008

Vote for TEAM Chevy!!

Vote for TEAM Chevy!!

Go onto www. myspace. com/avptour and vote for Team Chevy!

I'm not going to reveal my votes, but you ough to vote there ASAP!

Ok, I'll tell you one of my votes went to Ty/Hans.

Thursday, May 8, 2008

The Verge Project

The Verge Project Announces Open Enrollment for Students
- press release -

Encinitas, CA – April 23th, 2008. The Verge Project is pleased to announce an open call to students that would like to learn the ropes of the Action Sports Industry (ASI) job market. The Verge Project is matching up students with mentor’s that work within the ASI to help assist them in their job quest.

Training by the mentors for the students will include:
- How, when and where to approach people to make connections and gain information.
- How to properly apply for a job and who to talk to internally.
- How their passion and knowledge can improve the industry they love, and the impact they can have on a company.
- The workings of the Actions Sports Industry, i.e., what the mentee should expect if they break in.
- How to get ahead once they get in.

Student requirements:
- Must be a junior or senior in college
- Must be located in Southern California
- Must be passionate about and actively participate in an Action Sport (surfing, skating, moto, snowboarding etc.)

Applications for the project should be treated as if applying for a job. Please submit a cover letter and resume to In the cover letter please tell us about your passion for action sports and why you should be considered for this program.

The Verge Project will be accepting resumes through May 31st. Space is limited, and only the most appropriate, qualified candidates will be selected for a mentor match. Good Luck!

Wednesday, May 7, 2008


I do call it FUNdraising because I enjoy doing charitable work. I've been involved with charities mainly because of my parents. My parents continue to give back.

Therefore, I'm a firm believer in giving back because you get so much more in return.

I'm planning on selling part of my sports collection and donating the money raised to the Boarding for Breast Cancer Foundation and the Special Olympics. Misty May's fans, dubbed the Mayniacs, are teaming up with me. We are very ambitious and enthusiastic about making an impact in our year round endeavor. I'd love to have anyone's input or help in obtaining items!

Thanks for the support and feel free to e-mail and/or comment at any time!

AVP's e-team task #5

Everyone should do this! Who wouldn't want to go to any of the California stops for free? I don't know which one I'd personally pick. ;)

Hey Eteam, great job doing all the tasks that were sent out for the last couple events. You still have until the end of the day today to get Task 4 done, and don't forget to send in your Huntington blogs if you were there. You can send those in right up until Hermosa.

Now onto the task for this week. As you can see we've got banners to promote the Louisville event taking place over Memorial Day Weekend. Whoever can post them in the most places will win tickets to an AVP event of your choice. Email me a list with links to where you posted the banners by 5/20.






Oakley’s got an article on Rosie & EY

Oakley’s got an article on Rosie & EY

Hope everyone can see this:

Hope Oakley continues to write about our beloved sport, beach volleyball!

Daily Pilot's new AVP Insider Blog

Hi guys--

I am now posting daily news on my new AVP Insider blog with the Daily

As always, it's great to have more readers, and I'd love it if you
guys would post comments about what you want to see, etc. I can't
always guarantee it will go up, but I'm definitely trying to stay on
top of the beat this year! :-)

The link is:

Thanks again,
Soraya Nadia McDonald
sports writer, The Daily Pilot