On Thursday afternoon, the NVL announced that it has canceled the remainder of the 2017 season, just two weeks prior to its scheduled event in Hermosa Beach. On Friday morning, I was able to get…
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…
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.
When the freeze rule initially came out, I hated it, both as a player and a fan. But after watching Ed Ratledge and Reid Priddy storm back to win a three-setter in AVP Seattle, I might be coming around.
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.
My favorite tournament of the year, the Laguna Beach Open, is back, and it is absolutely stacked.
A full, comprehensive breakdown of the year’s best CBVA.
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…
It wouldn’t be wrong to put Mike Dodd on the Mount Rushmore of beach volleyball. The man won five Manhattan Beach Opens and secured a silver medal in the 1996 Olympic Games, the first in…