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Beach Bytes 2/16/2021-Jace Pardon-Karissa Cook

Beach Bytes: Karissa Cook at LMU, Loiola at UCLA, Collier takes HS job, Amorim...

There's a new substitute teacher in Santa Monica this year. That's how Karissa Cook will describe it, anyway. With Betsi Flint, LMU's usual assistant coach,...
SANDCAST Tina Graudina 2/10/2021-Tina Graudina--Anastasija Kravcenoka-Latvia-Olympic Qualification Tournament

SANDCAST: Tina Graudina, Latvian trailblazer, is here to inspire

Tina Graudina still gets goosebumps. She even rolled up her sleeves a bit, just to show us, as she recalled watching her countrymen, Martins...
SANDCAST beach volleyball 1/27/2021-Tina Graudina-USC-NCAA players of the week 3/5/201-beach volleyball

SANDCAST: Beach volleyball is back, answering fan questions heading into 2021 season

Once more, we write: Beach volleyball is back again. Kinda. Sorta. We hope. It will be tentative, as all things in 2021 are likely to...
SANDCAST-Andy Benesh-1/20/2021-Andy Benesh-Zaun Scholarship 7/22/2020

SANDCAST: Andy Benesh, Billy Allen’s new partner, is turning a corner

Even now, at 25, Andy Benesh would be hesitant to trust himself with his own money. Two years earlier, he couldn’t fathom why anybody...
Nina Matthies

SANDCAST: Nina Matthies: Beach volleyball’s ultimate champion and ambassador

By Nina Matthies’ definition of it, she’s been working since she was 16 years old. “I got paid and I had to do stuff,” she...
Top 20 photos of 2020-Relyea Speller

Ed Chan picks out his top 20 photos of volleyball-abbreviated 2020

I had great hopes for 2020. I was going to make my first trip to Gulf Shores for the NCAA Beach Championships, because for the...
SANDCAST Billy Allen 12/23/2020-Billy Allen-SANDCAST

SANDCAST: Billy Allen, the self-deprecating, deadpanning AVP champion and author

Billy Allen began the conversation in the most Billy Allen way possible, with deadpanned self-deprecation. When asked about his new book, Dark Blood, released...
Kelly Claes 121820-Kelly Claes-AVP-Manhattan Beach-MBO

After introspective 2020, “gushy” Claes and partner Sponcil preparing for Olympic challenge

Kelly Claes was about to head for the airport. She and partner Sarah Sponcil were ranked eighth in the world, third in the USA...
SANDCAST Angie Akers 12/2/2020-Angie Akers

SANDCAST: Angie Akers, beach volleyball’s running, kickboxing Olympic coach

Angie Akers tried. She tried virtually every way possible to get out of this game. Fate had a good chuckle at that one. Retiring from professional...

Part 2 of our April Ross interview, including choosing Alix Klineman, getting a new...

April Ross and her partner, Alix Klineman, are training in Brazil. In this second of three parts of our extended interview, among the topics we...