This episode of SANDCAST: Beach Volleyball with Tri Bourne and Travis Mewhirter features an annual fan-favorite: Kristen Nuss and Taryn Kloth. In for a month-long training camp in California, Nuss and Kloth are perhaps the most unique team in the sport, and maybe the most unique pair USA Volleyball has ever had. Living in Louisiana? Five-foot-6 defender? A blocker from South Dakota? And they’re…No. 2 in the world? How does that happen? We chat all about it, as well as:

  • The moment they realized they had qualified for the Olympics
  • How they feel like veterans already, and it’s just year three
  • What led to their breakthrough season in 2023, one in which they won seven medals in 12 events.
  • What makes them so special as a team, the secret sauce that is TKN

And so much more. AWESOME CONVERSATION with two of the best people (and players) in the sport.



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