Monday’s Tokyo Olympics photo gallery of USA beach, USA women and more

Tri goes air “Bourne” for the save/Ed Chan, VBshots.com Monday the intensity ratcheted up significantly in Olympic beach volleyball as the competition hit full force. The round of 16 concluded as April Ross and Alix Klineman kicked off the morning with a straight-set win over Cuba’s Lidiannis Echeverria and Leila Martinez. Jake Gibb and Tri… Continue reading Monday’s Tokyo Olympics photo gallery of USA beach, USA women and more

Olympics volleyball Friday: A Team wins, but Gibb-Bourne, USA men come up short

TJ DeFalco stabs at a Brazilian jump serve/Ed Chan, VBshots.com For the first time in the Tokyo Olympics the USA had a day with a losing record in volleyball. In Friday’s beach action, American teams went 1-1, as April Ross and Alix Klineman opened play on the Shiokaze Park sand with a victory, but the… Continue reading Olympics volleyball Friday: A Team wins, but Gibb-Bourne, USA men come up short

Photo gallery from Wednesday’s Olympics beach volleyball action

Japan’s Megumi Murakami scoops up a dig/Ed Chan, VBshotscom VBM photo editor Ed Chan had a day at the beach Wednesday at Shiokaze Park. Tri Bourne and Jake Gibb defeated Switzerland’s Adrian Heidrich and Mirco Gerson, Switzerland’s Tanja Huberli and Nina Betschart downed home team favorites Megumi Murakami and Miki Ishii, and Latvians Anastasija Kravcenoka… Continue reading Photo gallery from Wednesday’s Olympics beach volleyball action

SANDCAST: Derek Olson, Morocco’s ‘Disney story’ into the Tokyo Olympics

Derek Olson celebrates Morocco winning the African Continental Cup with Mohamed Abicha (Photo/Derek Olson) It is a precarious move, to bring your phone on any hike in any National Park. Cellular impediments abound, be it water, precipitous drops, rocks, or miles and miles devoid of service. The Narrows in Zion National Park is even more-so,… Continue reading SANDCAST: Derek Olson, Morocco’s ‘Disney story’ into the Tokyo Olympics

Claes-Sponcil, Kolinske-Stockman only Americans to advance to Gstaad playoffs

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 Kolinske and Emily Stockman await their first-round elimination matches in the four-star pro beach volleyball… Continue reading Claes-Sponcil, Kolinske-Stockman only Americans to advance to Gstaad playoffs

Sean Rosenthal is the same now as he’s ever been: Beach Volleyball’s greatest ambassador

Sean Rosenthal lays out for a dig in AVP Hermosa quarterfinals/Mark Rigney photo On the day his life changed, Sean Rosenthal didn’t make a dime. Didn’t win a match, either. But neither of those things mattered. What mattered was that 16-year-old Rosenthal was there. He was there, in the AVP players tent with Karch Kiraly… Continue reading Sean Rosenthal is the same now as he’s ever been: Beach Volleyball’s greatest ambassador

SANDCAST: Jason Lochhead’s globetrotting route to being two-time Olympic coach

Nick Lucena, Jason Lochhead, and Phil Dalhausser at an FIVB (Photo/FIVB) Jason Lochhead was tied for second, sitting 8-under par at the 2013 Nevada Championship, when he suffered the worst — or, if you’d like to consider it existentially, best — hole of his burgeoning golf career. He took an eight, an ignominious quadruple bogey.… Continue reading SANDCAST: Jason Lochhead’s globetrotting route to being two-time Olympic coach

Walsh Jennings-Sweat get through qualifier into FIVB 4-star Sochi pool play

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 pool play. Seven other women’s teams advanced to pool play, including Raisa Schoon and Katja… Continue reading Walsh Jennings-Sweat get through qualifier into FIVB 4-star Sochi pool play

Mewhirter: Tales from a stacked one-star beach tournament in Bulgaria

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 the hotel, and through our window at Bulgaria’s Sofia Beach, it was barely a whisper… Continue reading Mewhirter: Tales from a stacked one-star beach tournament in Bulgaria

Feuer breaks down the Olympic beach qualifying scenarios heading into Sochi

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 men’s and women’s Olympic tournaments get sorted out.  The penultimate FIVB Olympic qualifier is scheduled… Continue reading Feuer breaks down the Olympic beach qualifying scenarios heading into Sochi