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April Ross and Alix Klineman celebrating winning the 2019 FIVB four-star event Sunday in Itapema, Brazil/FIVB photo Getting a spot in the Tokyo Olympics came down to the wire for the other three USA beach volleyball teams, but April Ross...
  • July 19, 2021
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Emily Day, right, and Sara Hughes celebrate a point Sunday while winning in Rwanda/FIVB photo Emily Day and Sara Hughes and Chaim Schalk and Theo Brunner won gold at the two-star FIVB in Rubavu, Rwanda, on what turned out to...
  • July 18, 2021
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Brig Beatie at the 2019 World Championships in Hamburg/FIVB photo For Brig Beatie, being chosen to officiate beach volleyball in the Tokyo Olympics is the pinnacle of his officiating career. But the honor is bittersweet. Beatie has succeeded his good...
  • July 17, 2021
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Alix Klineman takes away Russia’s Ekaterina Birlova’s line/George Davison photo It seems fast, to an outsider, a normal human being observing the ascent of Alix Klineman. And, to be sure, it is. But there is a reason that nearly two...
  • July 16, 2021
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Brazil’s Agatha Bednarczuk and Eduarda Lisboa win gold and cowbells at FIVB Gstaad/FIVB photo Brazil’s Agatha Bednarczuk and Eduarda Lisboa won Gstaad gold in an all-Brazilian final Sunday in the FIVB four-star beach volleyball event in Switzerland, defeating fellow Brazilian...
  • July 11, 2021
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the Netherlands’ Yorick de Groot and Stefan Boermans celebrate in medal play during their first gold medal final together/FIVB photo The Netherlands’ Stefan Boermans and Yorick de Groot defeated Qataris Cherif Samba and Ahmed Tijan 23-21, 19-21, 15-10 to surprise...
  • July 10, 2021
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Sarah Sponcil bump sets Kelly Claes in elimination play in Gstaad Friday/FIVB photo The last two USA teams were eliminated Friday in the four-star FIVB Gstaad pro beach volleyball tournament, the last international competition before the Tokyo Olympics. Kelly Claes...
  • July 9, 2021
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the USA’s Sarah Sponcil plays a ball at FIVB Gstaad/FIVB photo Only two American teams remain entering Friday’s FIVB Gstaad as Kelly Claes and Sarah Sponcil — who finally lost after winning their previous 13 FIVB matches — and Kelley...
  • July 8, 2021
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Brooke Sweat digs in the Sochi qualifier/FIVB photo With the qualifier completed, the stage is set for the penultimate Olympic beach volleyball qualifier, a four-star tournament in Sochi, Russia, and Americans Kerri Walsh Jennings and Brooke Sweat got through into...
  • May 26, 2021
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Travis Mewhirter passes a ball in practice before the Bulgaria one-star. Photo/Lisa Dietrich SOFIA, Bulgaria — It was at 9:04 in the morning when I heard the first whistle. By the time it had made it over the courts, around...
  • May 23, 2021
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