Updates from around the world this weekend

It was an exciting weekend in the volleyball world.   In Long Beach, CA, the USA Men’s indoor national team competed against Russia for FIVB World League. Friday night, USA beat Russia in a close 5-set match, 25-17, 27-25, 20-25, 25-27, 15-12. They came back the next night in front of 5,000 fans and won…

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Tuesdays with Avatar: Casey Patterson and Jake Gibb

We meet again, Internet, for another episode of “Tuesdays with Avatar”. I apologize for the lack of a post last week; I was incredibly busy and just didn’t have time to write something up. (Does anyone actually believe that? I don’t have a real job or kids or any other responsibilities, but I didn’t have…

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Walsh / Ross and Keenan / Mayer Win AVP St Pete

  The women’s final was between Kerri Walsh Jennings / April Ross and Lauren Fendrick / Brooke Sweat. A grueling match, but Walsh and Ross ended up on top winning 19-21, 21-15, 15-11.   The men’s final followed right after. Jake Gibb / Casey Patterson and Brad Keenan / John Mayer went 3 sets in…

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AVP Tour Preview: Talking with the Top Two Seeds in Beach Volleyball

Just a year ago, 21-year-old Summer Ross and her 26-year-old partner Emily Day never expected to be the number one seed headed into the early action of the AVP Tour opener in St. Petersburg on Friday. “I would have been like ‘What? We won’t even qualify!’ I wouldn’t have believed it,” Ross says, laughing at…

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What to Watch for This AVP 2014 Season

The beginning of the AVP season is right around the corner. The AVP enters the second season of a seven city tour format with its first top this weekend in St. Petersburg, Florida. While there will be plenty of action to take in this summer, here are a few things to stay on the lookout…

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Skin cancer is on the rise in California and the nation

In 2002, fresh out of college, Jake Gibb moved from the small town of Bountiful, Utah to Huntington Beach, California to pursue beach volleyball. Months later he was diagnosed with melanoma, the most fatal type of skin cancer. He was 26 years old. “I had this mole on my shoulder that was bothering me,” Gibb…

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Shanghai again opens FIVB Beach Volleyball Grand Slam calendar

The FIVB Shanghai Grand Slam is the first of ten double gender Grand Slam events on the 2014 FIVB Beach Volleyball international calendar. The FIVB returns to China for the 17th-straight year with Dalian hosting the first women’s event in China in 1998 and Lianyungang hosting the first men’s event in 2004. Shanghai is hosting…

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Jake Gibb: When I’m 64

Jake Gibb expresses his love for volleyball and his hope to play when he’s 60+ years old.

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Cincinnati Men’s Highlights

Jake Gibb and Casey Patterson take on Nick Lucena and Theo Brunner in these highlights from the men’s final at the AVP Cincinnati Open.

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AVP Players Honored by FIVB Fans and Athletes

The AVP would like to congratulate Casey Patterson who fans chose as the 2013 FIVB Male Beach Volleyball Athlete of the Year. In an online poll of Facebook fans, Patterson was honored along with Germany’s Laura Ludwig, who was chosen as the FIVB Female Beach Volleyball Athlete of the Year. Patterson, along with partner Jake…

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AVP recognizes top performers as tour announces 2013 year-end award winners

Jake Gibb and April Ross win most valuable player awards; Gibb and Casey Patterson named men’s team of the year, while Ross and Jen Kessy take women’s honor.

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Latvia and Brazil lead beach volleyball season rankings

With the 10 Fédération Internationale de Volleyball (FIVB) Beach Volleyball World Tour Grand Slams, the 2013 FIVB Beach Volleyball World Championships and two of four FIVB Opens completed, Latvia and Brazil have teams leading the 2013 FIVB Beach Volleyball Season Rankings after last week’s double-gender $440,000 FIVB Xiamen Grand Slam, the final Grand Slam of…

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