Jenny Kropp of Holly Glen, Whitney Pavlik of Laguna Beach, Sean Scott of Redondo Beach and John Hyden of Sherman Oaks got to bask in the glory of their 2011 Manhattan Beach Open wins two days before both duos took the championship titles again.
The two top duos were inducted into the famous “Volleyball Walk of Fame” on the Manhattan Beach Pier during the first day of the 2012 MB Open on Aug. 24. It was the second induction on the prestigious Walk for Scott.
All four players were honored at a plaque unveiling ceremony that included former MB Open champs Tim Hovland (five-time winner) and Mira Costa alumni Holly McPeak (two-time winner), who welcomed the newest inductees into history. MB Mayor Wayne Powell was also on hand.
“The Manhattan Beach Open has defined the sport of beach volleyball and the city of Manhattan Beach has hosted this authentic tradition for 52 years," said James Leitz, IMG senior vice president and executive producer, Jose Cuervo Pro Beach Volleyball Series, the MB Open sponsor in a press release. "It’s iconic, historic and worthy of its position as the Wimbledon of beach volleyball."
“The Manhattan Beach Open is truly the granddaddy tournament of them all," said Mayor Powell, "and people from all over the country come to be a part of this event. It is more than prestige and prize money, but it’s also about being memorialized on the pier. The only way to get your name on this historic pier, the hall of fame for beach volleyball amongst the icons, is to win the MBO.”
Hyden/Scott and Kropp/Pavlik did that the follwoing Sunday, earning themselves a trip back for another induction ceremony in 2013.