KENNER, LA (WVUE) - The AVP Pro Beach Volleyball Tour will return to the New Orleans area in 2015 for the first time in 16 years.
The tournament will be held May 22-24 at Laketown in Kenner.
The AVP New Orleans Open will feature 64 top men's and women's professionals competing in three days of main draw play preceded by a one-day open qualifying tournament.
The tournament will kick off the AVP's 2015 season and is expected to attract the best and brightest stars of beach volleyball, including three-time Olympic gold medalist Kerri Walsh Jennings (2004, 2008, 2012), Olympic gold medalists Phil Dalhausser (2008) and Todd Rogers (2008), Olympic silver medalists April Ross (2012) and Jennifer Kessy (2012), two-time Olympians Jake Gibb (2008, 2012) and Sean Rosenthal (2008, 2012), and Olympian Nicole Branagh (2008), as well as a number of up-and coming stars and hopefuls for the 2016 Rio Olympics.
"Playing in the New Orleans area should be a lot of fun," Walsh Jennings said. "I have played beach volleyball in many states throughout the U.S. and countries across the world, but have never competed here, so I'm excited to get the chance to do so. As my partner, April Ross, and I prepare for the 2016 Rio Olympics, we can't wait to get our season started."
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