From Posing on the Beach to Spiking on the Beach: Molly Sims to Compete in AVP Cuervo Gold Crown Huntington Beach Open Actress/Model Looks to Qualify for Main Draw of the AVP Professional Beach

Volleyball Tournament this Weekend



    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
 camera.
     "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
 http://www.avp.com .
     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
 Cuervo portfolio of tequilas includes Jose Cuervo Especial, the number one
 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
 leading premium drinks business with an outstanding collection of beverage
 alcohol brands across spirits, wine and beer categories. These brands
 include: Johnnie Walker, Guinness, Smirnoff, J&B, Baileys, Cuervo,
 Tanqueray, Captain Morgan, and Beaulieu Vineyard and Sterling Vineyards
 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
 (DEO) and the London Stock Exchange (DGE). For more information about
 Diageo, its people, brands and performance, visit http://www.diageo.com .
 Vive Cuervo, Vive Responsibly
      Contact:
      Jim Sias
      Alan Taylor Communications
      (212) 714-1280 ext. 352
      jim@alantaylor.com
 
 

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