McPeak Surpasses All-Time Mark
June 15, 2004
Former UCLA volleyball standouts Holly McPeak and Karch Kiraly enhanced their legendary beach careers over the weekend with record-setting victories in the San Diego Open.
For McPeak, who won at Manhattan Beach the week before, the triumph with formerUCLA All-American Elaine Youngs represented her 69th career victory, a new women's professional beach volleyball record. Kiraly notched victory No. 146, extending his all-time record after winning his eighth Manhattan Beach Open title on June 6.
McPeak and Youngs stormed through the tournament without losing a single game in the best-of-three, rally-point scoring format. They won the championship against former UCLA All-Americans Annett Davis and Jenny Johnson Jordan, 22-20, 21-18. The victory by McPeak and Youngs also solidified their hold on the second and final berth on the U.S. Olympic Team.
Kiraly and partner Mike Lambert won't qualify for the Olympics, but have established themselves as the hot team on the AVP circuit. Although the 43 year-old Kiraly was forced to endure four three-game matches, he and Lambert defeated Sean Rosenthal and Larry Witt, who played eight matches to reach the championship. The 21-18, 14-21, 15-8 victory also avenged two previous losses to Rosenthal and Witt.