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JUNE 13, 2022 MUSKEGON, MI – It’s magic. Plain and simple.That’s how Lili Maestrini described her partner, Larissa, in the immediate moments following the first AVP victory of their decorated beach volleyball careers, a 21-17, 21-16 win over the fun new partnership of Geena Urango and Julia Scoles in Muskegon, Michigan on Sunday afternoon. It’s a fitting descriptor, magic. Other than dipping into the realms of the ethereal, how else can you really explain Larissa’s amassing the type of resume that puts her firmly in the Mount Rushmore discussion for the greatest to ever play this sport? Ten times, Larissa was...

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JUNE 9, 2022 MUSKEGON, MI – You won’t find much information online about the 29-seed in this week’s AVP Tour Series in Muskegon, Michigan. Betsy Ronda and Kacey Sheldon do not have an extensive resume on BVBinfo, as many of their peers this week do. All you can find out about Sheldon is that she lives in Grandville, went to Central Michigan, and that this is her first recorded professional beach volleyball tournament. Ronda has a bit more info on her, details of a college career at Grand Valley State, where she was the league’s Freshman of the Year and...

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JUNE 8, 2022, MUSKEGON, MI – The last time the AVP took a stop in Muskegon, Michigan, a team you may have heard of surprised exactly nobody when they won. Phil Dalhausser and Todd Rogers were crowned champions on August 23 of 2009. For the sake of this story, however, we are not interested in the Thin Beast and the Professor, Olympic gold medalists so they were. We’re more interested in the team who finished 13th: Albert Hannemann, and Jon Mesko.   There are two players in the field for this week’s AVP Tour Series in Muskegon who competed here in...

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JUNE 7, 2022, MUSKEGON, MI - Somewhere in Grand Rapids, Michigan, likely stuffed in a cabinet or pinned on a cork board somewhere in Logan Webber’s mom’s house, is a pair of $20 bills. They’re old, those bills, and won’t get you all that far today. But like those dollars you’ll see hanging behind cash registers or enshrined in a case at restaurants, there’s a significance and value there that cannot be overstated. Those were the first dollars Logan Webber won playing beach volleyball. “It was the first time somebody had given me money for beach volleyball,” Webber said. “I...

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JUNE 6, 2022 - MUSKEGON, MI - The initial reason the township supervisor of Lowell, Michigan paid a visit to the overly active home of Bill Genovich was a singular one: Shut down the mom and pop style beach volleyball operation happening in Genovich’s backyard. What had begun as a handful of kids playing beach volleyball in Genovich’s private court exploded, in the blink of an eye, into a 300-plus kid operation.“It went from 20 to almost 300 that summer,” Genovich said of the summer of 2020. “I was just doing it in my backyard court. I’d have four or...

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