Andy Benesh is the most improved beach volleyball player in the world in 2023.

Entering this season with Miles Partain, Benesh was seeded third in the qualifier of a Challenge. Now? He and Partain are the No. 1 ranked team in the United States, and No. 3 in the world. His climb has been extraordinary, and exactly what USA Volleyball needed after the retirements of Jake Gibb and Phil Dalhausser. On this episode of SANDCAST: Beach Volleyball with Tri Bourne and Travis Mewhirter, we talk all about Benesh’s breakout season, including:

  • What has led to his blink-and-you-missed-it improvement in 2023
  • How he and Miles Partain have had at least “75 hours of debate” on their offensive and defensive strategies and vision
  • His breakout win at the Gstaad Elite16 – where he and Partain beat Anders Mol and Christian Sorum twice in the same tournament
  • The process of adding the jump-set to his game, and why being comfortable with failure has led to so much success

And much, much more.

Always a fun one with big Andy Benesh on the show.



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