This episode of SANDCAST: Beach Volleyball with Tri Bourne and Travis Mewhirter is our monthly fan-question episode, though we didn’t actually take any specific fan questions, as all of them centered on two topics only: Who is going to win the Olympics? What is Bally’s purchase of AVP going to do for the sport of beach volleyball?

Now, before we begin: Savvy Simo and Mewhirter recorded this episode late Tuesday night. We were aware that Taylor Crabb had tested positive for COVID, and that Tri Bourne was on a flight bound for Tokyo. However, at the time, the information wasn’t public, and, per Bourne’s request, SANDCAST was not going to be the one to break that news. So we didn’t chat about it, and we’re still hoping Crabb can get a negative test in time to compete.

That said, what we do discuss on this episode includes:

– Bally’s purchase of the AVP, and the potential upside a casino with deep pockets can bring to the sport of beach volleyball

– Why April Ross and Alix Klineman are the favorites to win gold in Tokyo

– Why Ahmed Tijan and Cherif Samba, and not Anders Mol and Christian Sorum, are the favorites to win gold in Tokyo

– Much more on the Olympic Games

– The exciting AVP Next Gold event in Atlantic City

– And, as always, much, much more.



This episode, as always, is brought to you by Wilson Volleyball, makers of the absolute best balls in the game, hands down. You can get a 20-percent discount using our code, SANDCAST-20!

This episode is also brought to you by Chasing Gold, a new non-profit founded by Matt Callahan and SANDCAST host Travis Mewhirter, aimed at funding aspiring Olympians to relieve the financial burden of traveling around the world. Read more and donate today at!