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Patterson eyes five in a row

Beach Volleyball

Patterson, teamed with Gibb, seeks fifth straight title, this time close to home in Huntington Beach.

October 16, 2013|By Mike Sciacca
(Kojo Kinno )

Casey Patterson rode his bike down to the Huntington Beach Pier Tuesday morning to get in a workout.

It's a luxury the 33-year-old has, now that he's at home and has the opportunity to put in final preparations for the final Assn. of Volleyball Professionals pro beach volleyball tournament of the season.

Patterson is gearing up for the smart AVP Championships at Huntington Beach. The four-day tournament, the last of seven stops on the 2013 AVP Tour, starts Thursday and concludes with women's and men's championship finals Sunday at the south side of the pier.

The tournament begins with an open qualifier Thursday and is followed by main draw action both Friday and Saturday.

Among the top athletes contending for Huntington Beach titles are three-time Olympic gold medalist Kerri Walsh Jennings, and 2012 Olympic silver medalists April Ross and Jen Kessy on the women's side, and Olympic gold medalists Phil Dalhausser and Todd Rogers, and two-time Olympians Sean Rosenthal, on the men's side.

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The AVP and smart USA announced Monday the agreement for title sponsorship of the AVP's season-ending championship tournament.

Patterson, a resident of Huntington Beach for the past seven years, returned home earlier this week after competing last week at a World Tour stop in Brazil.

"It's great to be back home, and getting ready for our final tournament," Patterson, 33, said. "We're so fired up for this tournament."

Patterson is partnered for the first time this year with two-time U.S. Olympian Jake Gibb (Costa Mesa), and the duo has been outstanding on the current tour. They started the tour with consecutive third-place finishes at Salt Lake City and Manhattan Beach. Since then, the two have won four-straight men's titles conquering the Cincinnati Open at Cincinnati, Ohio, DO AC Invitational at Atlantic City, N.J., St. Petersburg Open at St. Petersburg, Fla., and the Santa Barbara Open late last month.

Patterson and Gibb, currently the top-ranked men's team in the AVP, are coming off a fifth-place finish at the Fédération Internationale de Volleyball (FIVB) Sao Paulo Grand Slam in Brazil.

"I think we're playing well coming into the Huntington tournament," Patterson said.

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