Good day for the Brazilians, USA beats China, and links to some good vball reads

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Sunday was a great day for Brazil when it came to playing the USA and for fans of the sport who made it off the beach, like the WannaBes, who then went to the Pyramid.

Brazil won the men’s and women’s titles at the World Series of Beach Volleyball in Long Beach, beating Americans both times, and then Sunday night at Long Beach State the Brazil men’s team beat Team USA in five to kick off the USA Volleyball Cup.

Josh's anthem shot from USA meThe two men’s teams play again Tuesday at the University of San Diego and then meet Wednesday at USC, before finishing the four-match competition Saturday at UC Irvine. All the matches can be seen at https://www.teamusa.org/USA-Volleyball/Events/International/USAV-Cup Thanks, by the way, to Josh Wells of the Wannabes for the photo.

Here’s the account of the international men’s match in the Long Beach Press-Telegram:

https://www.presstelegram.com/sports/20150823/usa-mens-volleyball-team-falls-to-brazil-in-usa-volleyball-cup-opener

Monday morning in America the USA women swept China in the FIVB World Cup in Japan. Team USA plays Peru on Wednesday. Here’s the story:

https://www.teamusa.org/USA-Volleyball/Features/2015/August/24/US-Women-Take-Down-China

Here are links to three different WSOBV stories.

From the L.A. Times:

https://www.latimes.com/sports/la-sp-asics-beach-volleyball-20150824-story.html

About the women from the Long Beach paper:

https://www.presstelegram.com/sports/20150823/americans-come-up-short-in-world-series-of-beach-volleyball-final-in-long-beach

And about the men:

https://www.presstelegram.com/sports/20150823/brazils-bruno-oscar-schmidt-alison-cerutti-claim-world-series-of-beach-volleyball-gold-in-long-beach

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For more Monday reading, here’s a story about the Oregon State team that’s trying to build off making the NCAA Tournament round of 16 last season:

https://www.gazettetimes.com/sports/beavers-sports/volleyball/osu-volleyball-beavers-look-to-build-off-sweet-performance/article_08edd283-df30-5dc3-b0b1-e678ce622e2a.html

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Kansas State has a team with no seniors but a lot of optimism:

https://cjonline.com/sports/catzone/2015-08-21/k-state-volleyball-preps-season-no-seniors

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And finally, last year Cal Poly had the youngest roster in the country. This season the Mustangs are hoping to make strides:

https://www.sanluisobispo.com/welcome_page/?shf=/2015/08/21/3772401_cal-poly-volleyball-team-looks.html

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