This episode of SANDCAST: Beach Volleyball with Tri Bourne and Travis Mewhirter, features Jaden Whitmarsh, a court two defender for UCLA and one of the most clutch players in NCAA Beach Volleyball. She is also, as you may be able to gather from her last name, the daughter of Mike Whitmarsh, the 1996 silver medalist at the Atlanta Olympics. We chatted about her family, as well as:

  • What it was like growing up in San Diego, one of the most competitive cities in the country for grassroots – and all levels, really – volleyball, both indoors and on the beach
  • The steep learning curve she received when, as a freshman, she was able to study under the likes of Sarah Sponcil, Nicole and Megan McNamara, Izzy Carey, and Zana Muno, among others
  • Her breakout 2022 NCAA season, where her and Devon Newberry finished 29-7
  • Her spark plug personality on the court, one that endears her to her partners and allows her to finish the biggest matches

And, as always, much, much more.



NEW BOOK ALERT!!! Travis Mewhirter and Kent Steffes just published a seminal work on the history of beach volleyball in their new book, Kings of Summer: The Rise of Beach Volleyball. Check it out on Amazon!!

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