Trevor Crabb was, to be honest, bored. Bored of everybody being so nice. Bored of the amicable handshakes and hugs and good games. Bored of the good lucks and I hope you wins. Bored of…
I had to appreciate the irony. Even after I had shared a very long, cathartic moment with the Pacific Ocean, staring into everything, staring into nothing; even after I had missed far too many blocks…
The first thing Kevin Cleary will always remember is the crowd. It didn’t begin as the massive, heckling contingent that would mob the Manhattan Beach Pier. It began simply, just a couple of his buddies…
I’m doing it. After AVP San Francisco, I’m pouring myself a big, heaping, ice cold glass of the AVP Cool-Aid and I’m tilting that thing back. I’m sold. I wasn’t for a long time. I…
Contrary to other major sports, which get an All-Star break or a dunk contest or some form of intermission, beach volleyball heads into the midpoint at its busiest juncture, with two five-star FIVBs, two AVPs, an NVL and the World Series of Beach Volleyball all in the same month.
That said, it’s time to take a look at some mid-season awards, and what players are in line to take home some hardware at the end of the season.
The AVP is making its fourth stop of the year, in Seattle, and it is rife with excellent storylines.
Former partners playing in first-round matchups?
Finally a good break for Rafu Rodriguez-Bertran?
Olympians in the qualifier…again?
Another loaded women’s field?
He is The Thin Beast, a gold medalist, perhaps the greatest American blocker of all time, if not in the whole world.
Listen to Phil Dalhausser’s path to becoming one of the GOATs.
First-time winners? International powers? American veterans? AVP NYC had everything the beach volleyball populace could have asked for and then some.
I made a bet with Ben Vaught, my de facto West Coast little brother, prior to the season. After every podcast I put up, he asked when he could be on it. So I told him, not thinking he would actually accomplish this until perhaps Manhattan, that he could be on the podcast when he qualified.
Mike Dodd was there for beach volleyball’s inaugural appearance in the Olympic Games — and he came away with a silver medal. Listen to the podcast here! Mike Dodd, partnered with Mike Whitmarsh, cemented his…