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.
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.
In the echelons of the best defenders in beach volleyball history, Todd Rogers was a transcendent figure in the sport of beach volleyball. Listen in here! The 1997 AVP Rookie of the Year went on…
On the second episode of Paper Courts, AVP Beach Volleyball professional Mike Brunsting joins host Travis Mewhirter as the two discuss Brunsting’s rookie season on the AVP Tour, sweeping the AVP Next Pacific Region, what…