This week in beach volleyball

This Week in Beach Volleyball: Final Stretch of Season Begins in Chicago

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The final push of the beach volleyball season, which began in, well, when did it actually begin? Does it begin with the first FIVB of the year, in January? Or does it technically start with the first AVP?

Who knows?

In any event, people have been competing in beach volleyball tournaments for more than eight months now, and after 40-plus FIVBs and six AVPs, the final stretch of the year is upon us. That begins this week in Chicago, where Mother Nature and Lake Michigan have joined forces and threatened to hold Oak Street Beach hostage but seems to have relented just enough to leave some sandy real estate for an AVP tournament.

Then comes Rome for the World Tour Finals. That precedes AVP Hawai’i and, voila, we’ve made it. But that’s in a few weeks.

Here’s what’s on tap this week in beach volleyball:

AVP Beach Volleyball

August 29-September 1: AVP Chicago

  • Qualifier begins August 29
  • Main draw: August 30-September 1
  • Notable teams absent: None at the moment, though Summer Ross is still sitting out with an injury, which means we will be treated to another Sara Hughes/Brandie Wilkerson partnership.
  • TV: Amazon Prime/NBC

FIVB Beach Volleyball

August 27-31: Montpellier One-Star

  • Who’s competing: No Americans

August 28-September 1: Oslo One-Star

  • Who’s competing: No Americans but, hilariously, Anders Mol and Christian Sorum are both competing, but on separate teams.

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