Scott, Hyden close the deal at Hahana Beach

Scott, Hyden close the deal at Hahana Beach

Victory keeps them unbeaten this season in beach volleyball

The Enquirer/Amanda Davidson

Scott was able to tell former Corona Light Wide Open tour member Rachel (Wacholder) Scott that they will be able to afford lots of diapers. She is expecting to deliver the couple's second child Sept. 20.

"My wife is at home (in California) taking care of our 2-year-old son, Koa," Scott said, "We're expecting a little girl in two and a half weeks, so I have to be serious out here and take care of business."

Scott a native Hawaiian who played college volleyball at the University of Hawaii, and Hyden, a Floridian who starred at San Diego State, split first-place winnings of $22,500.

The winners, seeded second, are unbeaten in eight tournaments and five CLWO events this year. They dropped their first match of the summer when sixth-seeded Loomis and Williams knocked them into the contender's bracket with a win in Saturday's quarterfinals.

The highest previous placings on tour this season for Loomis and Williams were a pair of third-place finishes at Siesta Key, Fla., and Chicago. Loomis and Williams, who placed fourth in the beach volleyball competition at the 2000 Olympics in Sydney, played four consecutive matches this week against top-four seeds, but the final confrontation brought their demise.

"We were hungry," Scott said. "Ty and Mark really took it to us yesterday so we knew we had to step up, serve tougher. We were able to pull off the win today and I just feel really satisfied right now."

Hyden attributed the victory to the duo's Cincinnati fans. "You guys have been awesome," he said. "Even when we lost yesterday, you applauded us, our efforts, and kept us up."

Hyden and Scott are 4-0 lifetime against Loomis and Williams. The three previous meetings were extended to three sets.

WOMEN'S FINAL: Olympic hopefuls Lauren Fendrick and Brooke Hanson took a detour from their involvement on the FIVB tour for the opportunity to play for the American championship, and it paid off for the California duo, each of whom took home $11,250 in winnings.

Fendrick and Hansen, playing in their first CLWO event, defeated tour veterans, Nebraskan Jenny Kropp and Californian Whitney Pavlik, 21-19, 21-17, to win Sunday's final. Kropp and Pavlik were seeded fourth.

Fendrick and Hanson, the second seed, hope to compete at the 2012 London Summer Olympics. Fendrick starred at UCLA. Hanson played at California-Santa Barbara. But they have been far from home all year. The U.S. Open was their first domestic event of the season. They have competed in 12 countries since March.

"This feels great, and it's nice to win at home," Hanson said of winning a tournament on native sand.

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