One of the admittedly many glaring holes in beach volleyball is that there are no [...]
Contrary to other major sports, which get an All-Star break or a dunk contest or some form of intermission, beach volleyball heads into the midpoint at its busiest juncture, with two five-star FIVBs, two AVPs, an NVL and the World Series of Beach Volleyball all in the same month. That said, it’s time to take a look at some mid-season awards, and what players are in line to take home some hardware at the end of the season.
The AVP is making its fourth stop of the year, in Seattle, and it is rife with excellent storylines. Former partners playing in first-round matchups? Finally a good break for Rafu Rodriguez-Bertran? Olympians in the qualifier...again? Another loaded women's field?
He is The Thin Beast, a gold medalist, perhaps the greatest American blocker of all time, if not in the whole world. Listen to Phil Dalhausser's path to becoming one of the GOATs.