Brazil sweeps South American Beach Volleyball Tour in Montevideo, Uruguay. Winning three of three, the Brazilians now have nine gold medals, one silver and three bronze. They lead the South American Beach Volleyball rankings.
Russian star Ekaterina Khomyakova prepares for her fourth FiVB Beach Volleyball SWATCH World Tour in preparation for the London Olympics. After training in Italy and Brazil with new coach Marco Solustri, she is ready to play before home town fans at the Moscow Grand Slam.
Moscow prepares Poklonnaya Hill for qualifying events for the London 2012 Olympics. The FIVB Beach Volleyball SWATCH World Tour Moscow Grand Slam takes place there in June, followed by the finals of the CEV Women’s Beach Volleyball Continental Cup.
A profile of William G. Morgan, 1870-1942, said to be the inventor of volleyball, summarizes his background (as a believer in physical education) and his invention of “mintonnete,” which was later renamed “volleyball,” by Alfred Halstead. The invention took place in 1895, in Holyoke, Massachusetts.
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.
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2011 Pan American Games Beach Volleyball schedule from USA Volleyball. To be shown on ESPN Desportes and ESPN3. There are also live video streams of some of the women’s games.
Three American men’s pairs, led by Matt Fuerbringer and Nick Lucena, landed top ten placements at the final FIVB 2011 Swatch World tour event in Agadir, Morocco on October 9th. As winter approaches, they will resume training for the final leg of the Summer Olympics qualifying period, where the final U.S. beach volleyball ticket to London is up for grabs.
Mbebui Chafeh, former All-American at Cal State San Bernardino, paused for an interview. She recently won the made-for-TV “Best of the Beach” collegians event and competed in the World University Games in August in China.
19 Year Old beach Volleyball player pushes to save city beach from privatization. In Adelaide Australia, nineteen-year-old social volleyball player Julia Kaminski has started an online petition calling on the council to retain the beach volleyball center. The council was considering selling City Beach. The council said they were reviewing assets which were “financially under-performing”
Emily Podschweit, libero at unbeaten, nationally ranked, defending Class 5A champion Chaparral High School in Denver, is recognized as one of the country’s best young beach volleyball players, yet lives nowhere near a beach. She was introduced to the sand game at age 12 through the traveling Association of Beach Volleyball Professionals (AVP) tour. has named Podschweit one of the top 150 recruits in the nation.
Pompano Beach volleyball coach encourages beach volleyball for his players during summer. The coach, Billy Strachan, of the Pompano Beach Golden Tornadoes, had some good advice.
“I encourage my girls to play on the beach in the summer because you get a million reps, and you see the ball coming at you in different ways,” Strachan said. “You learn to read the hitter faster.” He also praised the conditioning benefits of playing on the beach — running on the sand is much tougher than on a hard court — and said switching between versions of the game keeps players from burning out mentally.
Upcoming event: the Jose Cuervo Pro Beach Volleyball Series in Miami Beach September 16-18. The $150,000 Miami Beach Pro will feature a field of 16 teams per gender in a three-day, double elimination tournament that showcases match play under Friday and Saturday night lights.
Upcoming event: USA Volleyball has nominated the beach volleyball teams that will represent the United States at the 2011 Pan American Games, pending approval from the U.S. Olympic Committee. The Pan American Games beach volleyball event will take place on Oct. 16-22 in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico.
Tom Burke presents a summary of this past weekend’s National Volleyball League tournament at South Beach, and an overview of the current state of the professional tours.
Barefoot Wine and Championship Volleyball held its Pro-Am Championship Cup beach volleyball championships at Miami’s South Beach on September 9th. The victors, Steven VanderWerp and Evan Engle (Muskegon, MI titlists), as well as Katherine Babcock and Rasa Virsilaite (Chicago, IL) capped off their day with a showcase match against National Volleyball League players, before the NVL’s own weekend event.
Portrait of Estero, FL native Brooke Sweat, an up and coming beach volleyball player, from the Naples News.
Portrait of Summer Ross, a beach volleyball star now playing for the University of Washington Huskies. She plans to travel to Alanya, a city on the southern coast of Turkey, where she will compete for the USA against women as much as four years older than her for the World Junior Beach Volleyball Championships.
US Volleyball Assn changes criteria for Olympics volleyball trials, revising its long-standing plans to conduct a Beach Volleyball Trials event that would decide who qualifies for the London Olympics next summer.
The Fiji Times Online reports that the Fiji men’s beach volleyball team won a gold medal at the XIV Pacific Games in New Caledonia, September 10th.
Beach Volleyball in Kenya! Results of international play among Kenya, Gabon and Angola.
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