Professional beach volleyball is coming to Salt Lake City for the first time ever, as the AVP Tour makes a stop at Liberty Park on Friday.
Two local moms are competing in the tour for a spot to play against the pros.
Check out the video above to see how Traci Walsh and Angela Peterson are preparing for the challenge.
It took some time to bring the sands of beach volleyball to Utah. Which is understandable since Utah is better known for its snow, not sandy beaches.
But here it is and, says Mike Manczuk with Wasatch Beach Volleyball, “It’s growing.”
The game, as played today with four players and on a soft bed of sand, dates back to 1930 when a player, waiting for his six-man team, tried playing with just one partner on a California beach. It took off.
Three U.S. men’s teams advanced and four women’s teams won matches on Thursday at the FIVB Beach Volleyball Berlin Grand Slam.
In the men’s bracket, Jake Gibb (Bountiful, Utah) and Casey Patterson (Van Nuys, Calif.), seeded No. 6 in the tournament, won their final pool play match over Poland’s No. 11 Grzegorz Fijalek and Mariusz Prudel on Thursday (21-17, 21-18 in 39 minutes) to finish 3-0. They advanced straight to Friday’s second round.
Sean Rosenthal (Redondo Beach, Calif.) and Phil Dalhausser (Ormond Beach, Calif.), seeded No. 5, fell in their final pool play match to Spain’s No. 12 Pablo Herrera Allepuz and Adrián Gavira Collado (21-18, 24-22 in 43 minutes). They will play in the first round on Friday against Brazil’s No. 4 Ricardo Alex Costa Santos and Álvaro Morais Filho.
Sean Rosenthal and Phil Dalhausser along with Jake Gibb and Casey Patterson got off to strong starts in main draw pool play on Wednesday at the FIVB Beach Volleyball Berlin Grand Slam.
Rosenthal (Redondo Beach, Calif.) and Dalhausser (Ormond Beach, Calif.), seeded No. 5 in the tournament’s main draw, went 2-0 on Wednesday, defeating their compatriots No. 21 Ryan Doherty (Toms River, N.J.) and Todd Rogers (Santa Barbara, Calif.), 21-13, 23-21 in 41 minutes. Rosenthal and Dalhausser then beat Spain’s No. 28 Francisco Alfredo Marco and Christian García (21-15, 21-15 in 44 minutes).