Megan Kraft, Terese Cannon take Vienna bronze for second straight Elite16 medal
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by Travis Mewhirter
4d ago
Megan Kraft, left, and Terese Cannon after winning Vienna Elite16 bronze/Volleyball World photo Two months ago, Megan Kraft was a left-side blocker, wearing a USC Trojans tank-top, competing against NCAA talent on an NCAA stage. On Saturday afternoon in Vienna, Austria, Kraft was, as she has been since leaving USC as a four-time NCAA champion, a right-side defender, wearing a USA Volleyball tank top, competing against Elite16 talent on the world’s biggest stage. She looks the same in red, white and blue as she did in the garnet: Dominant. Following a convincing 21-16, 22-20 sweep over Brazilia ..read more
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Flint-Scoles go 1-1 to start Pro Beach Tour Vienna Elite16 pool play
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by VBM Staff
1w ago
Betsy Flint watches Julia Scoles hit past Teegan Van Gunst in Wednesday’s all-USA battle/Volleyball World photo USA Volleyball beach teams provided a little bit of everything through qualifying Tuesday to the start of pool play Wednesday at the Beach Pro Tour Vienna Elite16. Betsi Flint and Julia Scoles went 1-1 on Wednesday, with that win coming against countrywomen Kim Hildreth and Teegan Van Gunst. Hildreth and Van Gunst got through the qualifier, advancing with a big upset of Germans Laura Ludwig and Louisa Lippmann. On the men’s side, in their last tournament before the Olympics, Andy Ben ..read more
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George Wanderley, Brazil’s top defender, seeks an Olympic podium
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by Travis Mewhirter
1w ago
GSTAAD, Switzerland — George Wanderley still had a tournament to play, but before playing a single point or even warming up for their first match, he had already accomplished something far bigger than anything he could possibly achieve during May’s Brasilia Elite16. The moment Pedro Salgado and Guto Carvalhaes didn’t show for their qualifier match on the Wednesday preceding the main draw, George and Andre Loyola officially punched their ticket to the Paris Olympic Games. The Olympian title was something he had been envisioning since before he was a teenager, a moniker he had narrowly missed o ..read more
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“Different mentality” as Taryn Kloth, Kristen Nuss win all-USA Volleyball Gstaad final
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by Travis Mewhirter
1w ago
Kristen Nuss and Taryn Kloth ring the cowbells/Volleyball World photo GSTAAD, Switzerland — In the end, it was a look that decided the finals of the Gstaad Elite16 on Sunday afternoon. Kristen Nuss had two options in how she presented her body language to Taryn Kloth. “It was either ‘Oh sh**’ or ‘You got this,’ ” Kloth said afterwards. Why the oh sh** look? Nuss and Kloth were down 8-3 in the third set of the gold medal match to Cinderellas Terese Cannon and Megan Kraft, a pair who had barely scratched out of the qualifier, eked out of pool, and put on a scintillating run through the playoffs ..read more
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“How cool is that?” Tim Brewster, Logan Webber make Gstaad Elite16 main draw
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by Travis Mewhirter
1w ago
Tim Brewster and Nolan Webber are happy after qualifying at Gstaad/Volleyball World photo GSTAAD, Switzerland — Belief was suspended for a moment. Two moments. Three. Tim Brewster’s hands covered his mouth. Logan Webber, glorious mullet spilling out the back of his visor, grinned a grin only a winner playing on house money — and winning big with it — could grin. Through rain falling from charcoal skies in otherwise breathtaking Switzerland, Brewster and Webber had just qualified for the main draw of the Gstaad Elite16, coming back in the third set to beat Italians Marco Viscovich and Gianluca ..read more
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Mewhirter breaks it down as Olympic beach volleyball pools announced
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by Travis Mewhirter
2w ago
Taryn Kloth and Kristen Nuss are in Mewhirter’s “Pool of Death”/Volleyball World photo The beach volleyball Olympic field is set. All of it. The 17 spots have been punched via Olympic rankings. The French wild cards have been doled out — to Remi Bassereau and Julien Lyneel, and Aline Chamereau and Clemence Vieira. The Continental Cups have been played, and the subsequent selections made. And on Friday morning, the drawing of lots became official, with all 24 teams being separated into their respective pools. Before we get into the breakdown and analysis of each pool, a quick primer on the Olym ..read more
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Mark Paaluhui and the revival of the 2024 Hermosa Beach Open
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by Travis Mewhirter
2w ago
The 2024 Hermosa Beach Open is September 4-7 in Hermosa Beach, California. The qualifier is September 4, followed by the main draw.Volleyball TV will stream the event. For more information and how to support, go to https://hermosa-open.com/ *** HERMOSA BEACH, California — The return of professional beach volleyball in Hermosa Beach this year started with popcorn. Popcorn? Popcorn. In November of 2023, when it was becoming clear that the city of Hermosa and the AVP weren’t going to come to terms on hosting a professional event the following year, members of the Hermosa Beach government reached ..read more
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New Zealand beach volleyball “on precipice” of breakthrough win at Continental Cup
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by Travis Mewhirter
3w ago
HERMOSA BEACH, California — For five minutes or so, Ben O’Dea and Brad Fuller spoke on the slow, agonizing rise of Patrikas Stankevicius and Audrius Knasas. Lithuania’s top beach volleyball team was clearly talented, having won Futures events in Slovenia, Poland and Hungary. They’d qualified for a Challenge in Morocco and an Elite16 in Paris. But something was still missing, an element that put a ceiling on their confidence, which should, given their level of play, be unquestioned. The Big Win. “You see that so often with World Tour teams at that Futures or Challenge level where you get one g ..read more
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Andy Benesh, Miles Partain regain formidable form with Ostrava bronze
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by Travis Mewhirter
1M ago
Miles Partain, left, and Andy Benesh strike a familiar pose/Volleyball World photo On April 26, Andy Benesh and Miles Partain hosted Italians Sam Cottafava and Paolo Nicolai for an exhibition match at Wave Beach, the San Diego-based facility that serves as their training center. For the first time of their careers, Benesh and Partain beat the Italians. Benesh was, he said later with an exhale, just glad they didn’t get blown out again. In their previous two meetings with Cottafava and Nicolai, in Paris and Doha, both in 2023, they hadn’t scored more than 17. But the win, relieving as it may ha ..read more
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With Ostrava gold, Kelly Cheng-Sara Hughes become the World’s Most Interesting Team
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by Travis Mewhirter
1M ago
The USA contingent on the Ostrava podium/Volleyball World photo There was a word that once could have described Kelly Cheng and Sara Hughes: boring. They were fun to watch, of course, with their tempo sets and options and creativity. But so good were they throughout the 2023 Beach Pro Tour season that there was little sense in paying much attention to them in the early rounds of Elite16s. Those pool play matches were mostly devoid of tension. There was no clenching of the fists or holding of the breath. The feeling one had when watching Cheng and Hughes was reminiscent of Phil Dalhausser and T ..read more
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