In the the second of three men’s only events on the 2012 FIVB Beach Volleyball SWATCH World Tour, the Patria Direct Prague Open, Pedro Cunha and Ricardo Santos of Brazil claimed their second gold medal of 2012 and fourth overall together by defeating fellow Brazilians Alison Cerutti and Emanuel Rego.
 
Argentina and Uruguay earned a victory on the first day of the CSV Women’s Beach Volleyball Continental Cup final. The two countries will meet again to compete for a place at the London 2012 Olympic Games.
 
 
 
Mauritius became the first country to clinch an Olympic berth at the African Continental Cup held in Rwanda. Mauritius, the gold medallists of All Africa Games, defeated Kenya on the final day.
 
 
 
The Jose Cuervo Pro Beach Volleyball Series schedules a seven stop tour for 2012. Every event is free for the public and each Sunday Final will be filmed for television. The tour will take place in Fort Lauderdale, FL, Belmar, NJ, Chicago, IL, hermosa Beach, CA, Milwaukee, WI, Manhattan Beach, CA and Huntington Beach, CA, starting May 27 and ending September 22.
 
U.S. women win gold at NORCECA Beach Volleyball Tour event in Guatemala. Jenny Kropp and Whitney Pavlik won the gold medal. The mens team, Matt Heagy and Tony Pray, took silver in the first international competition for both players.
 
Brazil’s Maria Antonelli & Talita Antunes, and China’s Chen Xue & Xi Zhang are unbeaten and become the first two teams to advance to the finals in the FIVB Brasilia Open. The Brazilian capital is celebrating its 52nd anniversary this coming. The tournament is the first of nine double-gender events on the 2012 schedule.
 
Pepperdine Takes Fourth Annual USA Volleyball Collegiate Challenge, held in Hermosa Beach, CA. Following the tournament, the AVCA National Championship Selection Committee announced that Pepperdine, Long Beach State, Florida State University and College of Charleston have been selected to compete in the first Collegiate Sand Volleyball National Championship.
 
 
The Federation International de Volleyball (FIVB) has officially released a new version of its Beach Volleyball Handbook. The purpose of the book is to help organizers of beach volleyball events. It contains all the relevant information about the rules and regulations of the game plus details about the technical aspects of the sport, press, marketing, and guidelines on the competitions.
 
Mexico and Puerto Rico took the gold at the Cayman Islands Tournament, the first event in the 2012 NORCECA circuit. Mexico’s Bibiana Candelas and Mayra Garcia and Puerto Rico’s Roberto Rodriguez and Erick Haddock took home the women’s and men’s gold medals respectively.
 
Brooke Sweat of Florida and Jen Fopma of California, the top seeds, were the big winners at the USA Volleyball Beach International Development Qualifier in Chula Vista, California March 25th. Teams that finish IDQ events in first or second place have the opportunity to represent the United States in specific NORCECA (North and Central American and Caribbean) Beach Volleyball Tour international events.
 
The College of Charleston hosted four other universities for its inaugural Sand Classic the weekend of March 24th. Sand volleyball teams from Pepperdine University, Mercer University, the University of North Florida, and the University of Alabama-Birmingham joined the host team for 45 duals matches.
 
FIVB Assigns 2015 Beach Volleyball World Championships to Netherlands. Four Dutch cities – The Hague, Amsterdam, Apeldoorn and one city to be confirmed – will host the tenth edition of the games, tentatively scheduled for June/July.
 
The Ludus Athletics Model Beach Volleyball Tournament takes place in Miami Beach March 31-April 1. It is free and open to the public. This year’s lineup includes women’s professionals, April Ross & Jennifer Kessy Champions, as well as 2012 Sports Illustrated model Nina Agdal.
 
 
 
Monte Carlo announced its fifth beach Volleyball competition, April 20-21, under the auspices of the Volleyball Federation of Monaco. The competition will feature 20 teams.
USA Volleyball has announced its High Performance Tryouts schedule for 2012. The tryouts will be to select athletes for Future Select-U15, Select-U17, Youth-U19, Junior-U21, and Senior A2-U26 national beach volleyball teams that represent the U.S. in various competitions. The tryouts start March 18th and end June 10, at locations in California, Florida, Colorado, Texas, Utah, Illinois, Iowa and Oregon.
The Model Beach Volleyball Tournament takes place at South Beach, Miami Beach, March 31 and April 1. The two day co-ed volleyball tournament features top modelling agencies and pro volleyball players.
The winter Beach Bash, in Grand Rapids Feb. 25, will feature U.S. Olympic beach volleyball gold medalists Kerri Walsh, Todd Rogers and Phil Dalhausser, and others. Players will compete in a round-robin, two-on-two competition, as well as autographs, crowd games, giveaways and more.
Lumberjack inspired uniforms give Australia beach volleyball team a distinct look as they chop down their opponents. Wearing full length flannelette shirts, the Lumberjacks defeated the Paragon All Stars at Coota Beach.
 
Brazilian Players Top 2011 FIVB Beach Volleyball Swatch World Tour: FIVB (Federation International de Volleyball) Swatch World Tour named a total of 12 countries in the men’s final top 20 point leaders and 11 nations as part of the women’s top 20 teams for 2011. Brazil’s Alison Cerutti/Emanuel Rego combined to win the 2011 FIVB Beach Volleyball World Championships in Rome and won five gold medals, one silver and two bronze in the 11 men’s world tour events. Brazil’s Juliana Felisberta Silva and Larissa Franca combined to capture 2011 FIVB Beach Volleyball World Championships in Rome and won six gold medals, one silver medal and two bronze medals in the 13 women’s world tour events they competed in during the 2011 campaign.
 
Prince Harry a Beach Volleyball Fan? Prince Henry Of Wales, son of Prince Charles and the late Princess Diana, has reportedly asked for premium seats at the upcoming London Olympics. The Prince is supposedly planning on watching beach volleyball at the Horse Guards Parade in central London.
 
Gulf Shores Gets First Rebranded NCAA “Sand Volleyball” Tournament: The NCAA has rebranded and added Sand Volleyball (formerly Beach Volleyball) for high school and collegiate competition. Gulf Shores, Alabama will host the AVCA Collegiate Sand Volleyball Championships on April 27-29, the first time it will be played at the college level under the new title. CBS Sports will film the three-day competition.
 
Top Ten Hottest Beach Volleyball Memories of 2011: A slide show from Tom Burke of the Examiner.
 
Red Bull sponsors China Beach Volleyball: The Red Bull group will be the main sponsor of China Beach Volleyball and the Blooming Heat team. Xue Chen and Zhang Xi won the golden prize in the China Open World Beach Volleyball Tour in 2006 when they first formed the team. Then only 17 years old, Xue Chen became the youngest world champion in the history of beach volleyball that year
 
 
 
The FIVB has announced four U.S. beach volleyball players have received end-of-season awards and the schedule for the FIVB Beach Volleyball SWATCH World Tour 2012. The women winners were Kerri Walsh (San Jose, Calif.), named Best Blocker and Most Inspirational and April Ross (Costa Mesa, Calif.) as Best Hitter and Best Server. Misty May-Treanor (Santa Monica, Calif.) earned the Best Defensive Player award. Phil Dalhausser (Ormond Beach, Fla.) won Best Setter among men. The schedule will feature a total of 14 events in 15 countries over a seven-month period, including a record-breaking nine Grand Slam tournaments.
 
The Beach Volleyball Hall of Fame holds awards ceremony and fund raiser in advance of its expected opening in Spring of 2012. The ceremony tood place in Hermosa Beach California and included sixty four inductees. The Hermosa Beach Historical Society and the California Beach Volleyball Association were the two organizations hosting the event, which drew five hundred attendees.
 
New Zealand family of four plays competitive beach volleyball as a team. Brad and Jacinta Blundell with their children Chloe, 15, and Jadyn, 13 play as a couple, and as a team of four. Article includes psychologist’s comments on the benefits of playing on the same team, and the dangers of competing against one another, when not.
 
Pompano Beach, FL resident Mark Van Zwieten finishes fifth at Pan American Games. The 24-year-old ocean engineer from Florida Atlantic University teamed up with Andrew Fuller and participated in the 16th Pan American Games in Guadalajara, Mexico. Together, they emerged as the one of the top-five teams of the tournament.
 
 
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