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AVP Manhattan Beach Volleyball Open Begins

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(FOX11) - They call it the "Wimbledon" of beach Volleyball, the 55th playing of the AVP Manhattan Beach Open starts Thursday morning and and continues through Sunday.

Rising beach volleyball stars and locals will attempt to play their way into Open in a one-day single elimination qualifier tournament, Thursday.

"It's a tournament within a tournament," says Pro AVP Referee John King. "It's like the Superbowl of volleyball, once you've made it to Manhattan Beach, you know you're good," King said.

Eight men's and women's teams will win their way to compete with some of the nations top volleyball stars, including: 3-Time Olympic gold medalist Kerri Walsh Jennings, Olympic gold medalists Phil Dalhausser and Todd Ross, Olympic Silver Medalist April Ross. More than 100 teams will play on the 16 courts.

At 1:30 p.m. there will be a Hall of Fame ceremony to unveil the plaques for the 2013 winners. Since 1960, winners have had their names etched in bronze and placed permanently on the Manhattan pier.

"That's my goal, to have my name up there again and again," said 2013's Rookie of the year Tri Bourne. He's ranked Second in this year's line up of men's professional volleyball players. His first day on the courts will be Friday.

The four-day tournament is free for the general public.

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