The sandbox presents
The 2020 AVP Pro Player Event Series
The Sandbox is excited to announce that after the three-weekend 2020 AVP Champions Cup Series comes to a close on Sunday August 2nd, we will be hosting AVP Pros Troy Field, Eric Beranek, Geena Urango, Kelly Reeves and Terese Cannon a few days later! The Pro Training Sessions, Meet the Pros and Pro Exhibition events will be taking place at The Sandbox Indoor Beach Sports and Events facility in Groton CT, as well as in downtown Mystic CT.
Register now using the links below. These events WILL sell out, so don’t delay!!
Meet The AVP Pros
Troy Field grew up in San Clemente, CA playing soccer and football, then moved down to Lafayette, Louisiana and finished high school at Acadiana High. Troy decided to come back to California while the 2012 Olympics were going on and that is where Troy found his love for volleyball. Troy decided to pursue a career in beach volleyball in 2017.
In the 2017 Pro Tour season, Troy played in two AVP events — the Manhattan Beach Open and Hermosa Beach Open. Field qualified in Manhattan and finished with a 25th after battling through the 106 player qualifier. Field’s career quickly took off with him playing in various countries including Japan, New Zealand, Mexico, Cuba, and China.
Terese Cannon first started playing volleyball in high school. After spending her freshman year playing indoor at Georgetown University, she transferred to the University of Southern California in 2015 and played beach volleyball from 2015-2019 with the Trojans. During her tenure, Therese helped the team win three PAC12 titles and two National Championships. Therese was a part of the duo, along with partner Nicolette Martin, that won the final match in 2017 to win the Championship. She was a 2-time team captain, 3-time PAC12 All-Conference team pick, and a 2019 AVCA All American. Terese transitioned full time to a career playing professional beach volleyball on the AVP tour where she took a pair of 3rd place finishes (in Austin and Manhattan Beach).
Geena Urango was the first-ever collegiate beach volleyball scholarship recipient in 2011-12 competing at the University of Southern California. She has been competing on the AVP since 2014. In 2016 she was voted Most Improved Player, Best Server in 2018, and has appeared in 5 AVP Finals. Internationally, she won silver at the 3-Star FIVB event in Chetumal, Mexico in 2018, and she won gold at the NORCECA event in the Dominican Republic in 2019
Eric Beranek was born and raised in Redondo Beach, CA where he fell in love with the beach lifestyle. He grew up playing with his dad and a group of Manhattan Beach locals that would only play side-out scoring on the big court. This shaped Eric’s entire personality and outlook on life. Not only is Eric quick with the wit, but he’s also known as being one of the fastest players on the AVP.
After playing a few events here and there, he committed to beach volleyball full time in 2018 and qualified for four of six AVP tournaments, with a high of 13th. In 2019 he was the Volleyball Magazine’s Breakthrough Player of the Year, highlighted by a phenomenally-fought 3rd place with Bill Kolinske in the prestigious Manhattan Beach Open. Eric currently resides in Hermosa Beach, CA where he does the majority of his training.
Kelly made her debut on the AVP back in 2016, where she qualified into the Main Draw of her first-ever tournament, and finished 5th. She was later named Rookie of the Year in 2016, and has since competed in all AVP events. Kelly has also competed on the FIVB World Tour, with her highest finish of 2nd place in Cambodia. Kelly’s favorite AVP memories are finishing third in the 2019 Manhattan Beach Open and her first back-to-back weekends finishing 3rd with partner Jennifer Fopma.
Support for this Event Series has been provided by these most awesome local businesses!
The Sandbox AVP pro Event Schedule
Juniors Pro Training Sessions Description: The Juniors Pro Training Sessions will be geared toward U14 through U18 athletes who are aspiring to learn and train at the highest level in order to begin their journey toward collegiate beach volleyball programs. As with each of our Pro events, the number of Participants per assigned Pro encourages constant, direct interaction with the Pros on the court during the Session. Each Participant will receive a Session itinerary with training details directly from the assigned Pro prior to the Session. This is an exciting and unique opportunity to, literally, learn from and be on the court with a Pro!
Additionally, be sure to check out the AVPFirst program (https://avp.com/avp-first/). AVPFirst is the signature youth volleyball program, and the national pipeline, for the AVP Pro Beach Volleyball Tour.
Adult Pro Training Sessions Description: Our Adult Pro Training Sessions will provide seasoned, experienced players with that extra edge that they need to take it to the next level on the court. Participants will benefit from the keen insight and knowledge of a Pro Beach Volleyball player as they interact with them on the court directly during the Session. Each Session will consist of a small, focused group of players assigned to a Pro in order to maximize the opportunity and experience.
Be sure to check out AVPAmerica (https://avpamerica.com/) for opportunities to compete local to you, so you can test your new found skills against the best players in your area.
Elite Pro Training Description: The Open Elite Pro Training Sessions are structured to provide an exceptionally unique opportunity to Participants who regularly compete at the highest level of beach volleyball within the region. Maximum on-court playing and training time with and against a Pro is the goal of these Sessions. Participants will leave the Session with the confidence and motivation to test the waters at the next AVP Qualifier event! A Participant on-court resume and deposit is required in order to apply to participate in these Sessions.
And go see what AVPNext is all about. It’s the official developmental program of the AVP and the top of AVP America’s pyramid of programming (https://avp.com/avp-next/).
AVP Exhibition Description:
General Admission, $50 per person, 80 people max, advance registration is required
VIP Courtside Seating, $100 per person, 20 people max, advance registration is required
Come see and hear for yourself what being an AVP Pro Beach Volleyball player is all about! Hear from the Pros as they share their experiences making it to the AVP Pro tour, explain what it takes to maintain the highest level of mental and physical fitness, and then answer your questions.
Then, watch as the Pros put on the most exciting exhibition that New England has seen in decades!!! They will be competing with each other in various formats to determine who the top Pro really is. And then exhibition participants will be invited to get on the court with the Pros to challenge them to a Kings and Queens point matches, and other fun and exciting formats.
General Admission – Seating will be on the sand (no beach chairs) on the ends and sides of the Main Court
VIP Courtside Seating – Seating will be in Adirondack chairs, courtside along both sides of the court. VIP participants will get first dibs on invites to participate on the court during the event.
During their visit to the area, the Pros will be treated to luxury accommodations at The Whalers Inn (https://www.whalersinnmystic.com/) in downtown Mystic, right at the famous Mystic Drawbridge.
From The Whalers Inn website:
“The Whaler’s Inn, Downtown Mystic’s premiere boutique property, is nestled just steps from the banks of the Mystic River and the Bascule Drawbridge. The Inn boasts five unique buildings within our fabulous downtown Mystic location with a total of 45 guestrooms. We invite you to experience our award-winning hospitality and our unsurpassed attention to detail!”
Please spread the word and consider The Whaler’s Inn for your next visit to Mystic, or as a recommendation to your friends and family on their next visit.