Decorated Olympians headline New Orleans AVP beach volleyball tournament

NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) - The AVP Pro Beach Volleyball Tour is set to kick off its 2015 season Friday, as the tour returns to the Crescent City for the first time since 1999.

For the next three days, Laketown at Kenner, La. will be home to the AVP New Orleans Open. It's the center for the best beach volleyball players in the world - including three-time Olympic gold medalist Kerri Walsh Jennings, Olympic gold medalists Todd Rogers and Phil Dalhausser, Olympic silver medalists April Ross and Jennifer Kessy, two-time Olympians Jake Gibb and Sean Rosenthal.

General admission for the AVP New Orleans Open is free.

Friday's play is delayed due to wet court conditions related to Thursday's storm surge. However, tournament officials say play will continue through any current inclement weather.

Play in the men's open qualifying tournament was halted at approximately 3:30 p.m. Thursday due to lightning. Four matches had started when play was halted. Those matches will be completed, and four other matches will be played to determine the four teams to advance to the 16-team double-elimination main draw.

The women's qualifier was completed, with 18 teams being pared down to four survivors who will join the 16-team double-elimination main-draw bracket.

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