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Lion and Wave Team Up For AVP Win

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MALIBUCalif. — Kelley Larsen, a former Pepperdine women’s indoor and beach volleyball athlete, took home the AVP Kingston Cincinnati Open title this week in Mason, Ohio.

Larsen, along with teammate former Loyola Marymount standout Betsi Metter Flint, won the women’s bracket after working through the bracket as the No. 7 seed.  The team beat fourth-seeded Angela Bensend and Geena Urango in the final with 21-13, 18-21 and 15-7 set scores.  Throughout the tournament, the two also defeated the second, third and sixth-seeded teams to finish with an undefeated 5-0 match record.  It is the first career AVP victory for each player and the sixth AVP tournament the two have played as a team.

Larsen graduated from Pepperdine after competing as both a beach and indoor volleyball player for the Waves.  She was a two-time American Volleyball Coaches’ Association (AVCA) All-American on the beach and helped the Waves win AVCA beach volleyball national championships in 2012 and 2014.  Flint was also a two-time All-American on the sand at LMU.

Along with the AVP title, Larsen finished fifth with Flint at the 2015 Pan American Games and the 2014 FIVB U23 World Championship in Myslowice, Poland and ninth in the 2014 AVP Salt Lake City tournament.

Larsen left Pepperdine as the beach program’s all-time winningest player after tabbing 101 victories.