This episode of SANDCAST features, for the first time in a while, a fellow writer! Coming on to chat is longtime AVP player-turned-AVP staff writer Kim Smith.

For four years, Smith was a solid presence on the AVP Tour, making six top-10s, competing alongside Olympians and promising up-and-coming talent alike. But when the pandemic hit, and she found herself two spots out of the AVP Champions Cup, her role flipped, from AVP player to AVP staff writer.

On the show, we chat about all of that:

  • How she got into beach volleyball in the first place, being from Zionsville, Indiana
  • Her transition from indoor to beach, and why her passing drove Jose Loiola positively crazy
  • How Sarah Sponcil allowed her to see the insane work ethic demanded of being an Olympian
  • Becoming the AVP staff writer, and how everything just ‘feels right’ in her life

And, as always, much more.



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