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Jen and April Conclude Stellar Career

The cancellation of the women's final in St. Petersburg, Florida last weekend meant that Jen and April didn't get the chance to go for one last win together. Instead, they'll share the victory with the next up and coming women's pair, Emily Day and Summer Ross. Show More Summary

AVP Finals Suspended in Florida Due to Weather

The AVP held its fifth of seven tournaments in St. Petersburg, FL las weekend, but finals action was interrupted by Mother Nature. A storm rolled in during the men's final that forced the tournament to fold up its tents, which were pretty much blowing away in 50 mph winds. The women's final was not played.... Read Full Post

NCAA Women: Two Big Upsets Shake Up Rankings

Ah, the upset. I love them. And this week, we saw two huge ones. Granted, it is still technically the pre-season and this part of they year tends to be a little topsy turvy. But still, who would have expected that when the No. 1 USC Trojans traveled down to No. Show More Summary

New USA Talent Adds Excitement to Post-Olympic Year

Volleyball is a great sport. Fun. Exciting. Fast. But if there's ever a year that fans could be forgiven for taking a break from watching our national teams compete, it is the year after the Olympics. Usually after the closing ceremonies, our top tier players either retire or head overseas. Show More Summary

Beach: Kessy/Ross, Patterson/Gibb Log Second Wins on AVP Tour

Up until this point, through the first three tournaments of the AVP's seven-event season, we saw a new pair win each weekend on both the men's and women's sides. This week that changed for both genders as Jen Kessy and April Ross and Jake Gibb and Casey Patterson each won their second titles of the summer.... Read Full Post

Dave Shoji Is Winningest Coach in Women's Volleyball

Women's volleyball has a brand new winningest coach. Hawaii's Dave Shoji won his 1,107th match on Friday, beating Santa Clara in four sets to break the tie with retired UCLA coach Andy... Read Full Post

NCAA Women: USC, Texas Rise to Top

As pre-season play rolls on, there are as usual lots of changes in the rankings. This week's AVCA Coaches Poll crowned a new No. 1 as the USC Trojans topped the list. I was kind of expecting Texas to back at No. 1 considering they just came off of a tough tournament in which they beat both last week's No. Show More Summary

Volleyball Kick Save Makes SportsCenter

By some sort of miracle, volleyball actually made ESPN's Top Plays yesterday. It only irks me a little that they only way volleyball makes the national sportscast is with a kick save. While I'll admit that kick saves are fun to watch, I sort of hate that they're legal. That said, this was a nice play by a high school player and a nice recovery by her team.... Read Full Post

NCAA Women: Misty May-Treanor to Coach USC Sand, Penn State Rises to No. 1

News broke yesterday that Misty May-Treanor will be joining the staff at USC as the volunteer assistant for the sand squad under head coach Anna Collier. You can read the story here from the USC website. Misty is a great get for the Trojans as she begins what is likely to be a long and successful coaching career.... Read Full Post

Summer Ross and Emily Day Break Through with AVP Cincy Win

Summer Ross and Emily Day are the real deal. They proved it last weekend with their first win at the AVP event in Cincinnati. It's not like they came out of nowhere, they made headlines when they made the World Series of Beach Volleyball semifinal last month. They finished fourth in that event, but showed that they could play beyond their years.... Read Full Post

Grand Prix: Brazil Wins, U.S. Finishes 6th

The U.S. women's national team was unable to win a record fourth consecutive Grand Prix title this year. The young squad full of new faces had its hands full with some stiff competition and only won one of its five final round matches. Show More Summary

Grand Prix: Final Round Underway, USA Begins With Loss

The USA Women began the final round of Grand Prix with a 3-0 loss to Brazil. Though they still have a chance to turn it around and win a record fourth straight title, they'll need to step it up for the remaining four matches. BrazilShow More Summary

FIVB: Moscow Grand Slam Results

With all the top American teams duking it out in Manhattan Beach, the FIVB's Moscow Grand Slam went forward without them. There were a few young American teams in the qualifier - Summer Ross & Kelly Schumacher, Heather Hughes & Lane Carico and William Montgomery & Avery Drost - but none made the main draw.... Read Full Post

What's Good About Beach Volleyball Right Now

Last weekend we had two beach volleyball tournaments in the U.S. at the same time. As much as we've argued about what's going on in the sport right now and whether or not it is heading in the right direction, I have to say that this is the best problem we've had in a very long time. Show More Summary

POLL: Should Volleyball Players Protest Russian Gay Laws?

Beach volleyball players are not known for their strong political stances. Mostly, beach athletes have stayed out of the conversation around controversial issues. Or perhaps no one has cared to ask them what they think about the hot button issues of the day. Show More Summary

NVL, AVP Crown Winners in Hermosa, Salt Lake

Fans and volleyball tours alike survived dueling weekend tournaments with the NVL holding its event in Hermosa Beach and the AVP opening with an event in Salt Lake City. For the first time in a while, domestic pro beach volleyball was actually on national television, as the AVP tournament finals aired on CBS Sport Network.... Read Full Post

Grand Prix: USA Women To Go For Record 4th Straight Grand Prix Title

Hope remains alive for a record fourth straight Grand Prix title for the USA women, but the road to the top spot on the medal stand will be much tougher than in years past. With none of the big stars from the 2012 Olympic silver medal...Show More Summary

National Champion Texas Ranks 1st in AVCA Pre-Season Poll

The AVCA's first list of top teams was released on Monday. Though it is way too early to tell who'll be left standing in December, it's always fun to speculate about who has the best team on paper.... Read Full Post

Beach: Fopma/Sweat Win Bronze in Berlin

The Berlin FIVB Grand Slam last weekend saw most of the top American teams bowing out early in the playoff rounds. But Jen Fopma and Brooke Sweat were the exceptions as the pair placed third to win their first ever FIVB medal. Their previous best was a fifth place finish in Gstaad in mid-July.... Read Full Post

Grand Prix: USA Women Undefeated in Week 2, Brazil Falters

The No. 1 USA women beat all three opponents in Week 2 of the FIVB's World Grand Prix and are currently tied in overall record and points with No. 2 Brazil at 5-1 and 14 pts., good enough for fifth best in the tournament so far. The top five teams and host country Japan will advance to the final round.... Read Full Post

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