Moscow medallists eye Berlin prizes as World Tour moves west

Moscow, Russia, June 15, 2014 – With the Moscow Grand Slam drawing to a close the stars of the FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour will turn their attention to the Berlin Grand Slam that begins on June 17. The tournament is the sixth of seven Grand Slams in eight weeks and by the time they…

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Updates from around the world this weekend

It was an exciting weekend in the volleyball world.   In Long Beach, CA, the USA Men’s indoor national team competed against Russia for FIVB World League. Friday night, USA beat Russia in a close 5-set match, 25-17, 27-25, 20-25, 25-27, 15-12. They came back the next night in front of 5,000 fans and won…

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FIVB announces Rio 2016 Olympic Qualification System for beach volleyball

Lausanne, Switzerland, May 6, 2014 – The qualification process for beach volleyball at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio has been updated to outline the tournaments eligible for points for the current Olympic cycle. The men’s and women’s beach volleyball events in 2016 will see 24 teams in each gender, with one place reserved for…

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FIVB World League USA vs. Russia and VOL-B-QUE

FIVB World League is coming to the U.S.!   On Friday and Saturday, June 6-7, 2014, the USA Men’s Indoor National Team will play Russia in the Walter Pyramid at Long Beach State. Both matches will begin at 7pm, and on Saturday starting at 12pm, there will be a tailgate party known as VOL-B-QUE III….

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Walsh and Ross clinch Fuzhou Open gold

Kerri Walsh (left) became the most successful women’s athlete in World Tour history after claiming the Fuzhou Open title on Sunday

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Shanghai again opens FIVB Beach Volleyball Grand Slam calendar

The FIVB Shanghai Grand Slam is the first of ten double gender Grand Slam events on the 2014 FIVB Beach Volleyball international calendar. The FIVB returns to China for the 17th-straight year with Dalian hosting the first women’s event in China in 1998 and Lianyungang hosting the first men’s event in 2004. Shanghai is hosting…

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2014 FIVB World Tour debuts with Fuzhou Open

Pre-season training is complete, several partnerships have been switched and others are re-confirmed, as the Fédération Internationale de Volleyball launches the 2014 FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour this week in Fuzhou, China. The season-opening, double-gender, US$150,000 FIVB Fuzhou Open will see the men’s competition running Tuesday through Saturday, and women’s competition running Wednesday through Sunday….

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Doherty-Lucena for 2014

After playing the 2013 season with Todd Rogers, Ryan Doherty has announced that he and Nick Lucena will partner for the upcoming year. The 7’1″ Doherty, a former college baseball star, had a disappointing second season on the professional beach volleyball circuit. Though Beijing gold medalist Rogers clearly has years of experience, the pair earned…

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Fans vote Patterson, Ludwig favorites of 2013

Many beach volleyball players wowed fans during the 2013 FIVB beach volleyball season, but USA’s Casey Patterson and Germany’s Laura Ludwig were the standouts for fans online. In a public vote on the FIVB’s Facebook page, Patterson and Ludwig were chosen as the FIVB Male and Female Beach Volleyball Athlete of the Year – Fan Vote. More…

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AVP Players Honored by FIVB Fans and Athletes

The AVP would like to congratulate Casey Patterson who fans chose as the 2013 FIVB Male Beach Volleyball Athlete of the Year. In an online poll of Facebook fans, Patterson was honored along with Germany’s Laura Ludwig, who was chosen as the FIVB Female Beach Volleyball Athlete of the Year. Patterson, along with partner Jake…

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7-Foot-1 Pitcher Cut By Team In Minors Is Next Big Thing In Beach Volleyball

It was the spring of 2009 when Ryan Doherty and good friend Steve Johnson decided to head a half hour south to the casinos of Atlantic City, N.J., for a guys’ night out. In the midst of the drive, Doherty dropped a bombshell. “We’re driving down the parkway, and Ryan says, ‘Hopefully I can win…

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Ross, Day Claim Silver in Phuket

In Sunday’s gold medal match, Day (Torrance, Calif.) and Ross (Carlsbad, Calif.) seeded ninth in Phuket, fell to  China’s No. 11 Chen Xue and Xinyi Xia, 21-16, 21-18 in 36 minutes. The silver medal is Day and Ross’s (5-2) best FIVB result and first ever podium finish. Their previous best FIVB finish was fourth in…

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