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Friday, July 25, 2014
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Mustafa Bengu 53
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Kim Berrington 51
Petri Sainio 48
Emanuel Fernandes 47
Alison Scorghie 45
Steve Nall 44
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Erik Moore 42
Mouktar Mohamed Salleh 40
Scott Perry 40
Massimo Di Risio 36
Shamsu Awudu 35
Marcella Armarelis 33
Guillermo Hernan 32
Jeffrey Bunge 32
Chris Cooper 32
Esther Biedermann 30
Lindsay Stalzer 30
Anicia Wood 29
Tanja Diechtler 29
Alexander Huber 29
Yuliya Nozhyna 28
Andris Jonass 27
Michael Prindiville 26
Manuel Sutter 26
Antreas Savvidis 23
Julia Schmidt 23
Nairobi Agramonte 20
Anton Menner 20
Barobora Pilatova 19
Aleksandra Wroblewska 19
Tyler Cobian 18
 
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Beach Volleyball History
In 1971
Bob Clem and Larry Rundle won the Parks & Rec Corona del Mar Open.  It was the 4th win for Bob Clem, the 8th win for Larry Rundle, and the 2nd win for the team.
In 1982
Sinjin Smith and Randy Stoklos won the Parks & Rec Jose Cuervo Laguna Beach.  It was the 24th win for Sinjin Smith, the 3rd win for Randy Stoklos, and the 2nd win for the team.
In 1982
Nancy Cohen and Kathy Gregory won the Parks & Rec Orville and Wilbur's Marine Street Open.  It was the 15th win for Nancy Cohen, the 31st win for Kathy Gregory, and the 11th win for the team.
In 1993
Karch Kiraly and Kent Steffes won the AVP Miller Lite Belmar Open.  It was the 77th win for Karch Kiraly, the 48th win for Kent Steffes, and the 37th win for the team.
In 1993
Karolyn Kirby and Liz Masakayan won the WPVA Coors Light Pismo Beach Open.  It was the 40th win for Karolyn Kirby, the 18th win for Liz Masakayan, and the 10th win for the team.
In 1993
Cammy Ciarelli and Holly McPeak won the AVP Women's Tour Belmar.  It was the 6th win for Cammy Ciarelli, the 8th win for Holly McPeak, and the 4th win for the team.
In 1998
Sandra Pires and Adriana Samuel won the FIVB French Open.  It was the 17th win for Sandra Pires, the 7th win for Adriana Samuel, and the 2nd win for the team.
In 1999
Jose Loiola and Emanuel Rego won the FIVB World Championships.  It was the 40th win for Jose Loiola, the 27th win for Emanuel Rego, and the 10th win for the team.
In 2004
Emanuel Rego and Ricardo Santos won the FIVB Mazury Open.  It was the 53rd win for Emanuel Rego, the 26th win for Ricardo Santos, and the 10th win for the team.
In 2004
Eric Fonoimoana and Kevin Wong won the AVP Hermosa Beach Open Presented by Bud Light.  It was the 14th win for Eric Fonoimoana, the 8th win for Kevin Wong, and the 2nd win for the team.
In 2004
Marie-Andree Lessard and Sarah Maxwell won the FIVB Italy Challenger.  It was the 1st win for Marie-Andree Lessard, the 1st win for Sarah Maxwell, and the 1st win for the team.
In 2004
Giorgio Domenghini and Paolo Ficosecco won the FIVB Morocco Satellite.  It was the 1st win for Giorgio Domenghini, the 1st win for Paolo Ficosecco, and the 1st win for the team.
In 2004
Martins Plavins and Aleksandrs Samoilovs won the   CEV U20 European Championships.  It was the 1st win for Martins Plavins, the 1st win for Aleksandrs Samoilovs, and the 1st win for the team.
In 2004
Ruth Flemig and Ilka Semmler won the   CEV U20 European Championships.  It was the 1st win for Ruth Flemig, the 1st win for Ilka Semmler, and the 1st win for the team.
In 2009
Americans Phil Dalhausser and Todd Rogers defeat Germans Julius Brink and Jonas Reckermann 21-18, 21-15 in 48 minutes in the Semifinals at the World Series 13 Grand Chelem in Marseille, France to snap their 25-match winning streak -- the longest in SWATCH FIVB World Tour history. The German duo began their streak at the World Championships in Stavanger, Norway one month earlier where they won that event plus the next two Grand Slams in Gstaad, Switzerland, and Moscow, Russia. The gold medal match in Moscow had set the record of 22 straight breaking Dalhausser's and Roger's record of 21 set in 2008 when they also won three straight events in Berlin, Paris, and Stavanger.
In 2010
Phil Dalhausser and Todd Rogers won all five of their matches on their way to the title at the Long Beach Open to complete the 2010 AVP season with a perfect 34-0 match record. In winning five of the six events in which they played (along with a shared 2nd place in Ft. Lauderdale due to weather), the duo was only pushed to three sets in 6 of their 34 matches, winning by an average score of 21-16. They become the only men's team to finish a season undefeated, matching a perfect 39-0 season in 2003 by fellow Olympic gold medalists, Misty May-Treanor and Kerri Walsh.
In 2010
Maria Antonelli and Talita Rocha won the FIVB World Series 13.  It was the 8th win for Maria Antonelli, the 10th win for Talita Rocha, and the 5th win for the team.
In 2010
Artis Caics and Toms Smedins won the   CEV Challenger Novi Sad.  It was the 2nd win for Artis Caics, the 4th win for Toms Smedins, and the 2nd win for the team.
In 2010
Phil Dalhausser and Todd Rogers won the AVP NIVEA Tour Long Beach Open presented by Malibu Rum.  It was the 57th win for Phil Dalhausser, the 68th win for Todd Rogers, and the 55th win for the team.
In 2010
Penggen Wu and Linyin Xu won the FIVB World Series 13.  It was the 2nd win for Penggen Wu, the 2nd win for Linyin Xu, and the 2nd win for the team.
In 2010
Nicole Branagh and Misty May-Treanor won the AVP NIVEA Tour Long Beach Open presented by Malibu Rum.  It was the 18th win for Nicole Branagh, the 107th win for Misty May-Treanor, and the 2nd win for the team.
 
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7/25/2014
Top teams thrive at U21 World Championships
Larnaka, Cyprus, July 25, 2014 – Top teams in both the women’s and men’s competition of the FIVB Beach Volleyball U21 World Champions in Larnaka laid down early markers on the second day of main draw.
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Germany’s Wickler on track for another age group medal
Larnaka, Cyprus, July 25, 2014 - Reigning U19 world champion Clemens Wickler is on track for another medal, but this time on a higher level; the FIVB Beach Volleyball U21 World Championships.
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Lithuania and Russia on course to clash for top position in pool E
Larnaka, Cyprus, July 25, 2014 - With four straight wins each Ieva Dumbauskaite and Monika Povilaityte from Lithuania and Russia’s Ksenia Dabizha and Anna Gorbunova will clash on Saturday for top position in pool E at the FIVB Beach Volleyball U21 World Championships in Larnaka.
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Akers Applies Authentic Accentuate
Long Beach, Calif., July 25, 2014 - Life was moving slowly last December for American Beach Volleyball standout Angie Akers when she was on crutches and was looking for something to do.
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Hagen Smith destined to play beach volleyball
Larnaka, Cyprus, July 25, 2014 - Beach volleyball has always been his destiny, although Hagen Smith’s famous father Sinjin wanted him to play tennis.
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‘Egypt only lacks one out of three S’s to make beach volleyball work’
Larnaka, Cyprus, July 25, 2014 – Egypt only lacks one out of the three S’s to make beach volleyball work, says Egypt U21 coach and former player Ahmed Atta. “We have Sun, Sea, but unfortunately not the Sponsors yet.”.
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7/24/2014
24 Men’s teams set for Long Beach single-elimination rounds
Long Beach, Calif., July 24, 2014 — Let’s play three seemed to be the word of the day Thursday as the world’s best men’s teams completed the last two of three pool play matches at the double-gender ASICS World Series of Beach Volleyball, a US$1,000,000 FIVB Grand Slam.
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Women’s field reduced to 24 for single-elimination rounds in Long Beach
Long Beach, Calif., July 24, 2014 — Emerging from two days and three rounds of round-robin pool play Thursday, 24 women’s teams have earned a spot in the single-elimination rounds that start Friday at the double-gender ASICS World Series of Beach Volleyball, a US$1,000,000 FIVB Grand Slam.
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Getting to know: first U17 world champions ever Florian and Yves
Bern, Switzerland, July 24, 2014. It has been only four days since Florian Breer and Yves Haussener wrote history by winning gold at the inaugural U17 FIVB Beach Volleyball World Championships in Acapulco, Mexico.
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Main draw of the FIVB U21 World Championships on its way
Larnaka, Cyprus, July 24, 2014 - The first two rounds of pool play at the FIVB Beach Volleyball U21 World Championships in Larnaka on Thursday brought forth a major upset in the women’s competition.
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Pressure gets to U21 title defenders Kociolek/Gruszczynska
Larnaka, Cyprus, July 24, 2014 - Everybody expects Poland’s Katarzyna Kociolek and Jagoda Gruszscynska to win another gold medal at the FIVB Beach Volleyball U21 World Championships. All this pressure got to them as they lost their opening match on Thursday in Larnaka.
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Beach Volleyball under the Big “T.O.P.”
Long Beach, Calif., July 24, 2014 - The US$1-million ASICS World Series of Beach Volleyball is “Beach Volleyball under the Big Top - Tour, Other Organized Opportunities and Performances.
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Brazil’s Andre and Vinicius take lead in tough pool at U21 World Championships
Larnaka, Cyprus, July 24, 2014 - Brazil’s Andre Loyola Stein and Vinicius Rezende Costa Freitas put their mark down with two straight wins on the first day of main draw at the FIVB Beach Volleyball U21 World Championships in Larnaka.
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Paraguay’s Michelle: from shy World Champ debutant to leader in the field
Larnaka, Cyprus, July 24, 2014 - In 2013 a very shy and timid Michelle Valiente Amarilla made her debut at the FIVB Beach Volleyball World Championships in Poland at the age of 15.
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7/23/2014
13 Women’s duos win first two of three rounds of Pool Play Wednesday at Alamitos Beach
Long Beach, Calif., July 23, 2014 — Making their presence felt in a major way, 13 women’s teams from seven countries won their first two of three pool play matches Wednesday at the double-gender ASICS World Series of Beach Volleyball, a US$1,000,000 FIVB Grand Slam.
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Men complete first of three rounds of Pool Play in Long Beach
Long Beach, Calif., July 23, 2014 — Getting things rolling like the waves on the Pacific Wednesday, men’s action saw the first of three rounds of pool play completed with only one major seed-breakthrough out the 16 matches at the double-gender ASICS World Series of Beach Volleyball, a US$1,000,000 FIVB Grand Slam.
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Eight qualification winners and five lucky losers make it into U21 main draw
Larnaka, Cyprus, July 23, 2014 - Eight qualification teams, four for each gender, made it into the main draw of the FIVB Beach Volleyball U21 World Championships by winning their final round match on Wednesday in Larnaka, Cyprus.
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Researcher Reaps Rewards
Long Beach, Calif., July 23, 2014 - With this week’s FIVB World Tour event in the United States for the only time this season, the US$1-million ASICS World Series of Beach Volleyball is attracting more than fans and the usual group of print and electronic media that are attracted to an international sport event has features the planet’s best players.
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Czech team Benes/Perusic reach U21 main draw thanks to adrenaline and luck
Larnaka, Cyprus, July 23, 2014 - With a fair dose of adrenaline, some luck and a good amount of experience Ondrej Benes and Ondrej Perusic reached the main draw of the FIVB Beach Volleyball U21 World Championships on Wednesday.
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