This episode of SANDCAST features My Friend, Your Friend, he’s Everybody’s Friend, he’s the one and only Kyle Friend.

He’s had a HUGE breakout season, and maybe even, as he’ll admit on the podcast, a somewhat unexpected one, with Tim Brewster. With a seventh at the Atlanta Gold Series and a fifth in Chicago – while also adding a second and a pair of thirds in three Tour Series events – Friend has had the best AVP season of his career. We chatted all about that, as well as:

  • How shagging balls and being a voluntary practice dummy for USA Volleyball was a boon for his career as a player
  • The best lesson he learned from Karch Kiraly about being a teammate
  • Why he believes this year has been such a breakout one for him
  • The benefits of surrounding yourself with the best

And, as always, a whole lot more.



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