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MAY 5, 2022, MANHATTAN BEACH, CA – Hagen Smith and Jake Dietrich were, as Smith described it, “peeking around” plenty during pool play of Saturday’s CBVA in Manhattan Beach, California. It was the second of three events in the CBVA Hermosa Beach Wild Card Series, in which the top team in the series earns a bid into the main draw of AVP Hermosa Beach later this summer. Already, Smith and Dietrich had won the first in the series. They knew, going into it, if they won, the bid was theirs for the taking. Still: It wouldn’t hurt if a few of...

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The collective answer to David Shaw’s question turned out to be just a single word.  “How,” he asked Aurora Davis, Adrianna Nora, and Sarah Wood, “did this team come together?” Simple, Nora and Wood agreed: “Aurora.” Davis, of course, one of the humblest individuals you’ll meet, should you be fortunate enough to meet her and her lovely, constantly growing family, demurred. As quickly as Nora and Wood flipped the spotlight on her for putting the trio together, she turned it right back on her two teammates at the 33rd annual Clash, put on by AVPAmerica and Lake Murray Country. “I...

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April 29, 2022, Southern California, USA - Before Logan Webber and Seain Cook finished their marathon of a day in Panama City Beach two weekends ago, defeating Marty Lorenz and Caleb Kwekel in a breezy and chilly sunset final; before Carly Kan and Kaitlyn Leary fell to Brazilians Larissa and Lili Maestrini on that same beach; before Savvy Simo and Toni Rodriguez triumphed in their quarterfinal alongside Molly Turner and Jessica Gaffney, and the celebrations for qualifying for AVP Austin began, there was another qualifier taking place.It was a little-known tournament, this one, a CBVA across the country, in Santa...

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April 28, 2022, Lexington, SC - Maybe you’re tempted to fast-forward. Look ahead to next weekend, when the AVP begins its beach volleyball season in Austin, Texas. There is no need for the fast-forward button. There is AVP volleyball being played this weekend, in Lexington, South Carolina. This weekend debuts the AVP Grass Tour, beginning with the 33rd annual Clash, put on by AVPAmerica and Lake Murray Country.  It’s a rare format at the Clash: Teams are in triples rather than doubles, similar to the second day of Grass Nationals. Below are three teams from each gender to watch throughout the...

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April 26, 2022, Lake Murray Country, SC - For the past 32 years, the Clash has been a can’t-miss tournament among grass volleyball players in the Southeast and, increasingly, around the country. And in year 33, after watching various cities and counties in South Carolina host the annual late spring event, Jayne Baker alas put her foot down for Lake Murray Country. “It’s our turn,” said the head of public relations for Lake Murray Country. “We know the tournament’s been held around the state but we felt ‘Why not? It’s our turn.’ It’s our turn to have this tournament in our backyard.”...

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