Former Dos Pueblos High, SBCC and UCSB indoor volleyball player Miles Evans won his first title on the AVP professional beach volleyball circuit the hard way.
Evans and partner Andy Benesh fought back after a Game 1 loss and won seven matches to claim the championship at the AVP Denver Open on Sunday. They beat Evan Cory and Bill Kolinske in the final, 22-20, 21-17. The winners shared $8,000.
The 6-foot-4, 32-year-old Evans has been competing in AVP events since 2014 and qualified for his first main draw at the 2016 Huntington Beach Open, where he placed fifth. Her best result was a second at the 2019 Hermosa Beach Open with Ryan Doherty.
He has played most of his professional matches on the FIVB international circuit, where he won an event in the Netherlands in 2021.
Evans and the 6-foot-9 Benesh were the No. 1 seed in Denver, based on Benesh’s recent AVP results: a title in Austin, third in Muskegon, Michigan and ninth in New Orleans. . Evans placed fifth in Muskegon and 13th in New Orleans.
The pair were stunned in the first round, losing to No. 16 seed Travis MeWirter/John Michael Plummer in three sets.
Evans/Benesh rebounded by winning three matches on Saturday and four on Sunday, including a three-set match against No. 3 seed Paul Lotman/Miles Partain in the semifinals.
In the final, Evans scored the championship point with a crossover kill.
Evans played at Dos Pueblos before moving to SBCC for two years. He led the state in sophomore killings in 2010. He finished his collegiate career at UCSB, where he played 48 games over two seasons.
Evans will play at the AVP Pro Series event in Hermosa Beach this weekend.
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