The AVP pro beach volleyball tournament is underway at Santa Barbara’s West Beach with matches between hopeful qualifiers for the main draw. At 5 p.m. today (Thursday, Sept. 27), the suspended men’s final of the St. Petersburg (Fla.) tournament will be completed. Jake Gibb and Casey Patterson will seek their third consecutive title against Theodore Brunner and Nick Lucena. Gibb and Patterson won the first set of the match 22-20 but were trailing in the second 10-11 when wind and heavy rains forced the suspension.
The main draw of the double-elimination tournament begins Friday. The top-seeded teams are Phil Dalhausser-Sean Rosenthal on the men’s side, and April Ross-Kerri Walsh Jennings on the women’s. They will open against the lowest seeded qualifiers at 11 a.m.
Whitney Pavlik, the former partner of Walsh Jennings, will team up with Annett Davis, not Jennifer Kessy, as reported earlier. Davis was a two-time champion in Santa Barbara (2008 and 2010) with Jenny Jordan.
There is a lot of action at UCSB this weekend. The Gaucho men’s soccer team will try to rebound from a 1-0 loss to New Mexico against Stanford, which has won four straight matches. The women’s volleyball team opens Big West play against Long Beach State and UC Irvine. There will be two soccer matches Sunday.
In prep football, the San Marcos Royals and Carpinteria Warriors, both 4-0, host non-league opponents Friday night.
AVP BEACH VOLLEYBALL
At West Beach
Thursday, 9/26: Qualifying rounds, all day. St. Petersburg men’s final, 5 p.m.
Friday, 9/27:: Main draw, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.
Saturday, 9/28:: Main draw, 9 a.m.-6 p.m.
Sunday, 9/29:: Main draw semifinals, 11 a.m. Men’s final, 3:30 p.m. Women’s final, 4:30 p.m.
Friday, 9/27: Women’s volleyball – Long Beach State at UCSB, 6 p.m. Men’s soccer – Stanford at UCSB, 7 p.m.
Saturday, 9/28: Football – L.A. Valley at SBCC, 1 p.m. Women’s volleyball – UC Irvine at UCSB, 7 p.m.
Sunday, 9/29: Women’s soccer – Denver at UCSB, 11 a.m. Men’s soccer – Loyola Marymount at UCSB, 6 p.m.
Tuesday, 10/1:Women’s soccer – Oxnard at SBCC, 2 p.m. Men’s soccer – L.A. Mission at SBCC, 7:30 p.m.
Wednesday, 10/2:Women’s volleyball – Bakersfield at SBCC, 6 p.m.
HIGH SCHOOL HIGHLIGHTS
Thursday, 9/26: Girls volleyball – Santa Barbara at Dos Pueblos, 6 p.m.
Friday, 9/27: Football – Channel Islands at San Marcos, 7 p.m.; Santa Clara at Carpinteria, 7:30 p.m. On the road: Santa Barbara at Bakersfield Centennial; Dos Pueblos at Rio Mesa; Bishop Diego at Inglewood; Laguna Blanca at Coast Union.
Saturday, 9/28: Football – Villanova Prep at Cate, 3 p.m. Girls volleyball – Laguna Blanca vs. Providence at Westmont, 5 p.m.
Tuesday, 10/1: Girls tennis – Santa Barbara at San Marcos, 2:30 p.m. Boys water polo – Santa Barbara at Dos Pueblos, 3:15 p.m.
Thursday, 10/3: Girls tennis – Dos Pueblos at Santa Barbara, 2:30 p.m. Boys water polo – Ventura at Santa Barbara, 3:15 p.m. Girls volleyball – San Marcos at Dos Pueblos, 6 p.m.
RUNNING, WALKING, CYCLING
Information for most events: sbrunning.org.
SEPTEMBER: 29 – Carpinteria Triathlon, Carpinteria Beach. carpinteriatriathlon.com.
OCTOBER: 2 – Elings Park Terrain Series 5K (every Wednesday through Oct. 30). elingspark.org. 6 – Carpinteria Kiwanis Big Avocado 5K Run, Carpinteria Bluffs. 13 – Cancer Center of Santa Barbara 5K Walk/Run and 10K Run. 19 – Santa Barbara Century bicycle ride (100 miles, 100K, 34 miles), Leadbetter Beach. santabarbaracentury.org. 20 – Fall Cross County Classic, 5 miles, Lake Los Carneros.
NOVEMBER: 9 – Santa Barbara International Marathon and Half Marathon, Dos Pueblos High/Page Youth Center to SBCC. 23 – UCSB Recreational Sports 10K/5K Turkey Trot. 24 – Santa Barbara Red Rock 50 Mile and Marathon Trail Run, Rancho Oso Guest Ranch. 28 – Run Santa Barbara Thanksgiving 4-Miler.