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This week in beach volleyball

This Week in Beach Volleyball: U.S. Looks to Stay Hot in Ostrava

Anders Mol-Christian Sorum

Photo credit: FIVB

Aside from a major domestic tournament, last week featured just about everything one could have asked for when it comes to beach volleyball. We had a high-stakes FIVB with a four-star in Jinjiang, China, won by Kerri Walsh Jennings and Brooke Sweat — the second consecutive FIVB to be won by an American women’s team.

We had a windy international qualifier, won by Karissa Cook and Jace Pardon and Mark Burik and Ian Satterfield, who earned spots into the 2019 Pan American Games, to be played in Lima, Peru.

We had a fun local tournament, with the annual Memorial Day Four-Man on 16th street. I can’t tell you who won. The finals were played in the dark. But Konas were had, and illegal hand sets were not called, and Nicole Branagh was dishing some Memorial Day sauce for her team.

We had a high-level CBVA, the annual two-day Hermosa Open, which featured somewhere around 70 teams between the men and women. And we’re about to have more of it all.

Here’s what’s happening this week in beach volleyball:

FIVB Beach Volleyball

May 29-June 2

  • Ostrava Four-Star
  • Who’s competing:
    • Men: Billy Allen, Stafford Slick; Tri Bourne, Trevor Crabb; Theo Brunner, Reid Priddy; Chase Budinger, Casey Patterson.
    • Women: Brooke Sweat, Kerri Walsh Jennings; Kelly Claes, Sarah Sponcil; Emily Day, Betsi Flint; Sara Hughes, Summer Ross; Alix Klineman, April Ross; Kelley Larsen, Emily Stockman.

CBVA Beach Volleyball

June 1-2

  • Laguna Beach Open
    • Annually the biggest CBVA of the year, the prize purse is now up to $10,000. We’ll have a preview up later this week, but for now, here is the signup link.
    • p1440 will be streaming, with commentary, so be sure to come down to Main Beach or tune in online.