LOS ANGELES, May 25 /PRNewswire/ -- Actress and supermodel Molly Sims,
who graced the pages of the 2006 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition, may
soon find herself on the sports pages for another reason. The Association
of Volleyball Professionals (AVP) announced today that Sims will attempt to
qualify for the AVP Cuervo Gold Crown Huntington Beach Open, May 26-29, in
Los Angeles. She will be partnering with Amber Willey, a rising star on the
2006 AVP Tour.
Sims, who stars on NBC's hit series Las Vegas, is no stranger to
professional sports competition; she once competed as a professional
swimmer before pursuing a successful career in modeling. She hopes that
athleticism coupled with her 5'9 stature will enable her to experience the
same success on the beach volleyball court that she's had in front of the
"I've always considered myself an athletic woman and I thought it would
be fun to come out to spend the day with the AVP," said Sims. "What better
tournament to play in then the Cuervo Gold Crown Open. It's one of the most
exciting tournaments on the beach and always brings out the best in the
players and the fans."
The AVP Cuervo Gold Crown Huntington Beach Open is the second of three
Cuervo Gold Crown events, and offers more first-place prize money than any
other events on the AVP Tour. In addition to the increased purse at each
Cuervo Gold Crown event, there will be a $25,000 bonus for the top men's
and women's teams based on cumulative performances in the three events.
The Huntington tournament will feature top professional beach
volleyball athletes including 2004 Olympic gold medalists Misty May and
Kerri Walsh, 2004 Olympic bronze medal winners Holly McPeak and Elaine
Youngs, and Rachel Wacholder. On the men's side, three-time Olympic gold
medal winner Karch Kiraly, Olympian Stein Metzger and 2004 AVP MVP Mike
Lambert and 2000 Olympic Gold Medalists Dain Blanton and Eric Fonoimoana.
The Cuervo Gold Crown Boulder Open, the third event of the AVP's triple
crown, will take place in Colorado, August 27-29. Both of the remaining
Cuervo Gold Crown events will air on FOX Sports Net.
About the AVP Pro Beach Volleyball Tour, Inc.
AVP Pro Beach Volleyball Tour, Inc. is a leading lifestyle sports
entertainment company focused on the production, marketing and distribution
of professional beach volleyball events worldwide. AVP operates the
industry's most prominent national touring series, the AVP Pro Beach
Volleyball Tour, which was organized in 1983. Featuring more than 150 of
the top American men and women competitors in the sport, AVP staged 14
events throughout the United States in 2005. In 2004, AVP athletes
successfully represented the United States during the Olympics in Athens,
Greece, winning gold and bronze medals, the first medals won by U.S. women
in professional beach volleyball. For more information, please visit
About Jose Cuervo
Jose Cuervo is the largest producer of tequila throughout Mexico and
around the world, exporting more than 50 million liters annually. The Jose
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tequila worldwide, Jose Cuervo Clasico, Jose Cuervo Black, Jose Cuervo
Tradicional, Jose Cuervo Reserva de la Familia, Jose Cuervo Golden
Margaritas, Authentic Jose Cuervo Margaritas and Jose Cuervo Margarita Mix.
Jose Cuervo Tequila is imported and marketed in the United States by
Diageo North America, a subsidiary of Diageo plc. Diageo is the world's
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wines. Diageo is a global company, trading in more than 180 countries
around the world. The company is listed on both the New York Stock Exchange
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