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Hey readers! To help you have a great day, here are 5 stories about beach volleyball, some about women's beach volleyball, and some about women's volleyball in general. Check them out below!


We have reached the final of the women’s beach volleyball competition at Tokyo 2020. (Source: olympics.com You can read more about beach volleyball at Tokyo 2020, and all other events from the Games, in the official Tokyo 2020 Live Blog here. (Source:olympics.com))

Beach volleyball was introduced at the Summer Olympic Games in the 1992 Games as a demonstration event, and has been an official Olympic sport since 1996. The United States is the only country to win medals in every edition, followed by Brazil, who had its medal streak broken in the 2020 tournament. (Source: en.wikipedia.org Winning the Olympics is considered to be the highest honor in international beach volleyball, followed by the World Championships, and the World Tour of the International Volleyball Federation (FIVB) for men and women. (Source:en.wikipedia.org))

Beach volleyball was introduced as an official Olympic sport in 1996. A total of 24 teams take part in each beach volleyball Olympic tournament. Teams qualify on the basis of their performance in FIVB (Fédération Internationale de Volleyball) events over the course of about 18 months before the Olympic Games. There is a limit of two teams per country, and one spot apiece is reserved for the host country and a randomly chosen wild-card country. In the event that any Olympic region is not represented, the highest ranked team from that continent qualifies for the tournament. (Source: en.wikipedia.org Beach volleyball was a demonstration sport at the 1992 Summer Olympics in Barcelona, at which Sinjin Smith and Randy Stoklos won the men's tournament, and Karolyn Kirby and Nancy Reno won the women's. (Source:en.wikipedia.org))

The beach volleyball tournament of 2000 was played in Bondi Beach, a suburb of Sydney. The winners were again an American team, Blanton/Fonoimoana, defeating Brazilians Zé Marco/Ricardo (the former had competed in Atlanta) in the finals. (Source: en.wikipedia.org In the first tournament, played in the 1996 Olympics, the matches were played at "Atlanta Beach" in Jonesboro, Georgia. The winners of the semifinals played for the gold and silver medals. The losers of the semifinal played for third and fourth places. The final was contested between the Americans Karch Kiraly and Kent Steffes versus Mike Dodd and Mike Whitmarsh. Kiraly is so far the only person with Olympic medals in both indoor and beach volleyball since he had won the gold medal indoors in the tournament of 1984 as well as 1988 in Seoul, South Korea. (Source:en.wikipedia.org eThe beach volleyball tournament of 2008 was carried out at the Beach Volleyball Ground, located in the Chaoyang Park in Beijing. In an upset, reigning champions Emanuel and Ricardo were defeated by their compatriots Márcio Araújo (who competed in Athens) and Fábio Luiz in the semifinal, having to settle for the bronze (where they beat two Brazilians competing for Georgia). The Brazilian victors were then defeated by Americans Rogers and Dalhausser in the final. (Source:n.wikipedia.org)))

The 2016 tournament in Brazil had the country return to the beach volleyball final after 12 years, with Ágatha Bednarczuk and Bárbara Seixas winning the semifinal over defending champion Walsh Jennings and London silver medalist April Ross. However, they lost the gold medal to the Germans Laura Ludwig and Kira Walkenhorst, who had also defeated the Brazilians Talita Antunes (4th in 2008) and Larissa França (bronze in 2012) in the semifinals. Talita and Larissa also lost the bronze medal to the United States, making Walsh Jennings the only player to win four beach volleyball Olympic medals. The defeat also broke a streak where every tournament had one country winning medals with both their teams: Brazil in 1996 (gold and silver) and 2000 (silver and bronze), United States in 2004 (gold and bronze) and 2012 (gold and silver), and China in 2008 (silver and bronze). There were also four teams tied for fifth place: Australia, Canada, Russia, and Switzerland, and hence seven countries were represented in the top eight teams. (Source: en.wikipedia.org The 2020 Olympics, held in 2021 after a delay caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, had beach volleyball at Shiokaze Park. Norwegians Anders Mol and Christian Sørum won gold, beating in the final Russians Viacheslav Krasilnikov, who had finished 2016 in fourth place, and Oleg Stoyanovskiy. Brazil missed not only the finals but the podium as a whole for the first time since the inaugural tournament, both pairs eliminated by eventual fourth place team Mārtiņš Pļaviņš and Edgars Točs. (Source:en.wikipedia.org))

Beach volleyball most likely originated in 1915 on Waikiki Beach in Hawaii, while the modern two-player game originated in Santa Monica, California. It has been an Olympic sport since the 1996 Summer Olympics. The Fédération Internationale de Volleyball (FIVB) is the international governing body for the sport and organizes the FIVB Beach Volleyball World Championships and the FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour. (Source: en.wikipedia.org Beach volleyball is a team sport played by two teams of two players on a sand court divided by a net. Similar to indoor volleyball, the objective of the game is to send the ball over the net and to ground it on the opponent's side of the court. Each team works in unison to prevent the opposing team from grounding the ball on their side of the court. (Source:en.wikipedia.org))

Beach volleyball is a variant of indoor volleyball, which was invented in 1895 by William G. Morgan. (Source: en.wikipedia.org In 1920, new jetties in Santa Monica, California created a large sandy area for public enjoyment. This planted the seed for beach volleyball development in that region. The first permanent nets began to appear, and people soon began playing recreational games on public parts of the beach and in private beach clubs. Eleven such beach clubs appeared in the Santa Monica area, beginning in late 1922. The first inter-club competitions were staged in 1924. (Source:en.wikipedia.org ePublic beach volleyball courts in Santa Monica, where the modern two-man version originated. (Source:n.wikipedia.org)))

Beach volleyball grew in popularity in the United States during the Great Depression in the 1930s as it was an inexpensive activity. (Source: en.wikipedia.org)In the summer of 1930, while waiting for players to show up for a six-man game at the Santa Monica Athletic Club, Johnson decided to try playing with only the four people present, forming two two-man teams for the first recorded beach volleyball doubles game. The players realized that with fewer players on the court, a taller player's height advantage could be neutralized by a shorter player's speed and ball control. The popularity of the two-man game spread to other nearby beach clubs and eventually to the public courts. (Source: en.wikipedia.org)

A beach volleyball game between members of President Harry S. Truman's vacation party at Key West, Florida in 1950 (Source: en.wikipedia.org)

en.wikipedia.org en.wikipedia.org))The first professional beach volleyball tournament was the Olympia World Championship of Beach Volleyball, staged on Labor Day weekend, 1976, at Will Rogers State Beach in Pacific Palisades, California. The event was organized by David Wilk of Volleyball magazine, based in Santa Barbara. The winners, the first "world champions", were Greg Lee and Jim Menges. They split US$2,500 out of a total prize purse of In 1974, there was an indoor tournament: "The $1500.00 World Indoor Two-Man Volleyball Championship" played in front of 4,000 volleyball enthusiast at the San Diego Sports Arena. Fred Zuelich teamed with Dennis Hare to defeat Ron Von Hagen and Matt Gage in the championship match, Winston Cigarettes was the sponsor. Dennis Hare went on to write the first book on the subject of beach volleyball: The Art of Beach Volleyball. (Source:US$5,000. (Source:

In following years the tour expanded nationally and was renamed the Pro Beach Volleyball Tour. It consisted of five events in California and tournaments in Florida, Colorado, and Chicago. By 1984, the Pro Beach consisted of 16 events around the country and had a total prize purse of US$300,000. At the end of the year, however, Event Concepts was forced out of the sport by a players' strike at the World Championship and the Association of Volleyball Professionals (AVP) was founded. (Source: en.wikipedia.org Volleyball magazine staged the event the next year at the same location, this time sponsored by Schlitz Light Beer. In 1978 Wilk formed a sports promotion company named Event Concepts with Craig Masuoka and moved the World Championship of Beach Volleyball to Redondo Beach, California. Jose Cuervo signed on as sponsor and the prize purse. The event was successful and Cuervo funded an expansion the next year to three events. The California Pro Beach Tour debuted with events in Laguna Beach, Santa Barbara and the World Championship in Redondo. (Source:en.wikipedia.org eAt the professional level, the sport remained fairly obscure until the 1980s when beach volleyball experienced a surge in popularity with high-profile players such as Sinjin Smith, Randy Stoklos, and Karch Kiraly. Kiraly won an Olympic gold medal in beach volleyball in its first Olympic appearance in 1996, adding that to the two Olympic golds he won as part of the USA men's indoor team, (Source:n.wikipedia.org)))

In 2001, the AVP reemerged as a for-profit, publicly traded company that combined the men's and women's professional tours, with equal prize money for both sexes. After filing for bankruptcy again in 2010, the AVP re-emerged under new leadership in 2013 as the main professional beach volleyball tour in the United States. (Source: en.wikipedia.org Despite its increased popularity in the 1980s and 1990s, American beach volleyball suffered setbacks. In 1998, the American women's professional tour – the WPVA – and the American professional men's tour – the AVP – filed for bankruptcy, plagued by problems as a player-run organization. (Source:en.wikipedia.org))

U.S. beach volleyball pair April Ross (left) and Alix Klineman celebrate winning a women's beach volleyball gold medal in a match against Australia at the Summer Olympics in Tokyo. Felipe Dana/AP hide caption (Source: www.npr.org U.S. Women Take Olympic Gold In Beach Volleyball : Live Updates: The Tokyo Olympics Historically, U.S. women have been incredibly dominant in beach volleyball at the Olympics. April Ross and Alix Klineman handily beat a duo from Australia to win gold in Tokyo. (Source:www.npr.org w

Historically, U.S. women have been incredibly dominant in beach volleyball at the Olympics. (Source: www.npr.org)TOKYO — U.S. women's beach volleyball pair Alix Klineman and April Ross have taken gold at the Tokyo Olympics, handily defeating Australia in the final match. (Source:ww.npr.org)))

Ross was clearly the heir apparent to leading U.S. women's beach volleyball after Rio, but she needed a partner. (Source: www.npr.org "It means a lot to uphold that tradition. It wasn't easy," Ross said. "So many different countries are putting a lot of resources into their beach volleyball teams and the level is ridiculously high." (Source:www.npr.org wRoss put what Klineman did into perspective: "I think it's also a testament to Alix's work ethic. I don't think you should look at her story and say, 'Oh, it's easy to transition to a beach volleyball,' because it's really hard and a lot of people have not been able to do it." (Source:ww.npr.org)))

The silver for Australia was its first beach volleyball medal since Natalie Cook and Kerri Pottharst took gold on Bondi Beach in 2000. But they were never really close against the Americans, who tied for the top spot in the Olympic qualification points race and lost only one set in seven matches in Tokyo. (Source: www.espn.com TOKYO -- April Ross won the Olympic gold medal that completes her set, and when she stood on the top step of the podium at the Shiokaze Park beach volleyball venue on Friday she had with her the perfect person to hang it around her neck: teammate Alix Klineman. (Source:www.espn.com))

Basketball’s Malik Osborne sat down with Beach Volleyball’s Alex Hilton to discuss some of the important topics of the day in the fourth installment of Conversations with Alex. (Source: seminoles.com Graudina was the first person to make the Olympics after coming up through an NCAA beach volleyball program that started in 2012. She played at Southern California, where she was the 2019 national player of the year and led the Trojans to the 2021 national championship. (Source:www.espn.com sTALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Florida State beach volleyball announced the additions of two transfers on Wednesday – Jordan Polo and Brook Bauer. Statement from Brooke Niles “I am so excited to have both Jordan and Brook joining our team this season. They both bring in a lot of experience at a high level and are high-level […] (Source:eminoles.com)))

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Florida State beach volleyball’s pairing of Torrey Van Winden and Keara Rutz were named Volleyball Magazine First Team All-American and Alaina Chacon and Maddie Anderson were named Second Team All-Americans. Torrey Van Winden and Keara Rutz combined to go 31-7 together in 2021 and were named AVCA Second Team All-Americans earlier this […] (Source: seminoles.com TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Florida State beach volleyball’s Alaina Chacon, Molly McBain, Keara Rutz and Torrey Van Winden were named AVCA Second-Team All-Americans on Wednesday. Alaina Chacon and Molly McBain played 29 matches together during the 2021 season, finishing with a 19-10 record and as the fourth winningest pair on the Seminoles this season. Their 19 […] (Source:seminoles.com))


TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Summer Nash joins Florida State after working as the volunteer assistant coach at Stanford for the 2021 season. Nash played a key role in helping Stanford to its first-ever NCAA Championship appearance in 2021. With her help, the Cardinal set a new program record with 23 wins in 2021, finishing 23-13 overall […] (Source: seminoles.com TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Florida State beach volleyball’s Alaina Chacon, Molly McBain, Keara Rutz and Torrey Van Winden were named AVCA Second-Team All-Americans on Wednesday. Alaina Chacon and Molly McBain played 29 matches together during the 2021 season, finishing with a 19-10 record and as the fourth winningest pair on the Seminoles this season. Their 19 […] (Source:seminoles.com))


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