This week in beach volleyball

This Week in Beach Volleyball: World Tour Season Comes to a Close in Rome


This is it. One final trip around the world. One last — for the men — crack at Anders Mol and Christian Sorum. For the women, it’s one last shot to claim the top spot in the world, which has been see-sawing back and forth between a number of teams on a number of continents — Brazil, Canada, Australia, U.S.

Until November’s Four-Star in Mexico, this is the final shot to make a points leap in the Olympic ranks. And even Mexico isn’t that big of an opportunity, given that it’s just a Four-Star. With the 2020 FIVB schedule still yet to come out, it’s also possible that this is the final Major prior to the Tokyo Games, putting that much more emphasis on a good finish for the teams in contention.

So what we’re saying is this: Rome is really, really important.

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

FIVB Beach Volleyball

September 3-8: World Tour Finals, Rome

  • Who’s competing:
    • Men: Billy Allen, Stafford Slick; Tri Bourne, Trevor Crabb; Theo Brunner, Reid Priddy; Chase Budinger, Casey Patterson; Taylor Crabb, Jake Gibb; Phil Dalhausser, Nick Lucena.
    • Women: Kerri Walsh Jennings, Brooke Sweat; Kelly Claes, Sarah Sponcil; Betsi Flint, Emily Day; Alix Klineman, April Ross; Kelley Larsen, Emily Stockman.