DJ Klasnic is arguably the best Serbian beach volleyball player ever – the first to win a medal (in 2017 with Lazar Kolaric) and then the first to win a gold medal (in 2022 with Kolaric). Now, after six years of trying, Klasnic is alas competing on the AVP Tour. What a rookie season he had: six AVP main draws, a seventh in New Orleans, ninth in Huntington and Chicago, with a win over Taylor Crabb and Taylor Sander.

When the Volleyball Magazine awards come out on Thursday, he’ll be the Rookie of the Year. We chatted all about his huge season on SANDCAST: Beach Volleyball with Tri Bourne and Travis Mewhirter, as well as:

  • How luck and fortune have seemed to find DJ Klasnic every step of the way on this beach volleyball journey
  • How Phil Dalhausser gave him the nudge he needed to try his hand on the AVP
  • Being a 28-year-old competing for Westcliff University, and the future of men’s collegiate beach volleyball
  • How his first season on the AVP surpassed all expectations

That, and so much more.


Photo: Mark Rigney


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