Texas-Ex Busch-Dodd wins AVP Crocs Slam Coney Island Open
July 9, 2009
BROOKLYN, N.Y. - Former Texas Volleyball All-American Carrie Busch-Dodd claimed her first career win on the AVP tour last weekend when she teamed with Dianne Shoemaker-DeNecochea to win the Lumber Liquidators AVP Crocs Slam Coney Island Open Presented by Kentucky Grilled Chicken. The second-seeded tandem defeated seventh-seeded Jennifer Fopma and Brittany Hochevar 21-19, 17-21, 15-12 to claim the title.
Dodd and teammate Shoemaker-DeNecochea have registered a top-five finish in each of their eight events in 2009. Dodd's only other victory came in 2000 when the former Longhorn played on the BVA Tour.
With the win, Dodd and DeNecochea became the oldest team, men or women, to win a title on the AVP Tour. They are a combined 76 years, nine months and three days old. DeNecochea is 41 years, seven months and eighteen days, while Dodd is 35 years, one month and 15 days old. The previous oldest team was Brent Doble and Karch Kiraly, who won in Huntington Beach, Calif. in 2003 at a combined age of 76 years, six months and 27 days.
"I think it's cool," Dodd said of their new record. "Di's a stud, she has two kids and does the whole Mom thing, and I'm 35 and no spring chicken either, and I'm extremely proud of our team."
To advance to the final, DeNechochea and Dodd defeated fourth-seeded Priscilla Lima and Tatiana Minello 17-21, 21-17, 15-12, while Fopma and Hochevar upset third-seeded Jenny Johnson Jordan and Annett Davis 14-21, 21-18, 16-14.
Busch-Dodd returns to the beach at the AVP Crocs Slam Manhattan Beach Open on July 16.