Kelly Claes

Erik Shoji passes the ball into his head/Ed Chan, VBshots.com It was a challenging Sunday in Tokyo as three of the USA’s finest teams went down in defeat, one after another. First Kelly Claes and Sarah Sponcil lost their first...
  • August 1, 2021
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Jordan Thompson and Justine Wong-Orantes collide while going for the tip/Ed Chan, VBshots.com The intensity level for USA Volleyball rose considerably Saturday at the Tokyo Olympics as the beach playoffs were set, the USA women not only got swept but...
  • July 31, 2021
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Taylor Sander wipes the Russian block for a point/Ed Chan, VBshots.com Team Slaes — Kelly Claes and Sarah Sponcil — finished on a 6-0 run in the third set and won their first beach volleyball match of the Tokyo Olympics...
  • July 26, 2021
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The USA women celebrate winning the 2016 bronze medal in Rio/FIVB photo These are the Sensory-Deprivation Olympics: No fans. No natural crowd noise. No touching.— Dave Sheinin, The Washington Post Ah, the sound of silence … One of the really cool...
  • July 23, 2021
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Taylor Crabb, left, coach Rich Lambourne, and Jake Gibb at an FIVB tournament in 2019/FIVB photo More than a full day after VolleyballMag.com and most major news outlets reported it, and long after Taylor Crabb himself wrote about it on...
  • July 22, 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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April Ross, left, and Alix Klineman will face the Netherlands, Spain, and China in Tokyo pool play/FIVB photo The pools for the Tokyo Olympics beach volleyball tournament are set. Amidst a ceremonial backdrop that had the feel of a 1960s-style...
  • July 5, 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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April Ross and Alix Klineman will take a well-deserved rest dduring the Sochi 4-star/FIVB photo A 33-month (!) journey is finally (mercifully?) coming to a close in a little over a month’s time as the beach volleyball fields for the...
  • May 21, 2021
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