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Edward Keller 43
Maria Tvede 43
Doug Everett 42
Katherine Zakrzewski 40
Danica Repakova 39
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Ethan Rosenberg 30
Chris Gregory 30
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Arsa Duanpen 29
Orradee Phupanee 27
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Beniece Douch 25
Oxana Pilipenko 24
Nadja Glenzke 24
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Xinchen Zhang 20
Jade Sadeiko 19
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Beach Volleyball History
In 1974
Tom Chamales and Ron Von Hagen won the Parks & Rec Mission Beach Open.  It was the 10th win for Tom Chamales, the 59th win for Ron Von Hagen, and the 6th win for the team.
In 1974
Kathy Gregory and Sandy Malpee won the Parks & Rec Hermosa Beach Women's Open.  It was the 4th win for Kathy Gregory, the 2nd win for Sandy Malpee, and the 1st win for the team.
In 1985
Sinjin Smith and Randy Stoklos won the AVP Miller High Life Hawaii Open.  It was the 50th win for Sinjin Smith, the 26th win for Randy Stoklos, and the 25th win for the team.
In 1990
Sinjin Smith and Randy Stoklos won the AVP Miller Lite U.S. Championships.  It was the 119th win for Sinjin Smith, the 95th win for Randy Stoklos, and the 94th win for the team.
In 1991
Linda Chisholm and Liz Masakayan won the WPVA Flamingo Hilton World Championships.  It was the 28th win for Linda Chisholm, the 3rd win for Liz Masakayan, and the 1st win for the team.
In 1996
Lisa Arce and Holly McPeak won the FIVB Korea Open.  It was the 4th win for Lisa Arce, the 38th win for Holly McPeak, and the 4th win for the team.
In 1996
Karch Kiraly and Kent Steffes won the AVP Miller Lite U.S. Championships.  It was the 125th win for Karch Kiraly, the 86th win for Kent Steffes, and the 75th win for the team.
In 1996
Ze Marco de Melo and Emanuel Rego won the FIVB Italian Open.  It was the 8th win for Ze Marco de Melo, the 8th win for Emanuel Rego, and the 8th win for the team.
In 2001
Christopher "Sinjin" Smith plays the final match of his impressive career, a 21-19 and 24-22 loss with George Roumain to Dax Holdren and Todd Rogers in the 4th round of the contender's bracket at the AVP Manhattan Beach Open. Sinjin retires as the leader in tournaments played with 416, 2nd in all-time victories with 139, and 4th in all-time winnings with over US$1.6 million earned.
In 2002
Eric Fonoimoana and Dax Holdren won the AVP Nissan US Championships of Beach Volleyball Presented by Xbox.  It was the 10th win for Eric Fonoimoana, the 11th win for Dax Holdren, and the 3rd win for the team.
In 2002
Emilia Nystrom and Erika Nystrom won the   CEV U20 European Championships.  It was the 1st win for Emilia Nystrom, the 1st win for Erika Nystrom, and the 1st win for the team.
In 2002
Pavel Kolar and Pavel Rotrekl won the   CEV U20 European Championships.  It was the 1st win for Pavel Kolar, the 1st win for Pavel Rotrekl, and the 1st win for the team.
In 2002
Eva Celbova Rysava and Sona Novakova won the   CEV Zagreb Challenger.  It was the 3rd win for Eva Celbova Rysava, the 3rd win for Sona Novakova, and the 3rd win for the team.
In 2002
Mykola Babich and Dmytro Khudoley won the   CEV Zagreb Challenger.  It was the 1st win for Mykola Babich, the 1st win for Dmytro Khudoley, and the 1st win for the team.
In 2004
Emanuel Rego and Ricardo Santos won the FIVB XXVIII Olympic Games.  It was the 55th win for Emanuel Rego, the 28th win for Ricardo Santos, and the 12th win for the team.
In 2004
The third Olympic Beach Volleyball competition takes place from August 14 to 26 in a specially constructed 10,000 seat facility within the Faliro Coastal Zone Olympic Complex in Athens, Greece. Twenty-four men's and women's teams compete for Olympic medals. Top-seeded Brazilian Emanuel Rego, competing in his third Olympic Games takes the gold medal with new partner Ricardo Santos. Spain's 15th-seeded Javier Bosma and Pablo Herrera are the surprise Silver Medalists while the 5th-seeded Swiss pair of Patrick Heuscher and Stefan Kobel take the bronze. In the women's competition, top-seeded Americans Misty May and Kerri Walsh capture the gold medal without dropping a set. The Brazilian women continue their streak of medals with second-seeded Shelda Bede and Adriana Behar taking the silver as they did in Sydney, four years earlier. Fourth-seeded American Holly McPeak, also playing in her third Olympic Games, wins the bronze along with her new partner Elaine Youngs.
In 2007
Phil Dalhausser and Todd Rogers won the AVP Brooklyn Open presented by Cushman & Wakefield.  It was the 20th win for Phil Dalhausser, the 32nd win for Todd Rogers, and the 19th win for the team.
In 2007
Vasiliki Arvaniti and Vasso Karadassiou won the CEV Nestea European Championship.  It was the 8th win for Vasiliki Arvaniti, the 9th win for Vasso Karadassiou, and the 7th win for the team.
In 2010
During the second-round of the men's qualifier at the Milner Open in The Hague, Netherlands, a FIVB Beach Volleyball record for team participation was set when Norway's Vegard Hoidalen and Jorre Kjemperud defeated Guillermo Williman and Nicolas Zanotta of Uruguay 21-14 and 21-19 in 36 minutes. The match marked the start of the Norwegians' 135th FIVB event breaking the previous record of 134 appearances set by Portugal's Joao Brenha and Miguel Maia who played together from 1994 through 2008. Two-time Olympians for Norway, Hoidalen and Kjemperud's partnership covers a 12-season span as the pair captured a SWATCH FIVB World Tour gold medal at the 1998 stop in Berlin. After losing their next match to compatriots Eskil Holtan and Oyvind Wergeland, Hoidalen and Kjemperud now have won 273 of 521 FIVB matches.
In 2013
Aleksandrs Samoilovs and Janis Smedins won the FIVB Moscow Grand Slam.  It was the 6th win for Aleksandrs Samoilovs, the 4th win for Janis Smedins, and the 2nd win for the team.
In 2013
Carolina Salgado and Maria Clara Salgado won the FIVB Moscow Grand Slam.  It was the 4th win for Carolina Salgado, the 3rd win for Maria Clara Salgado, and the 2nd win for the team.
In 2013
Lombardo Ontiveros and Juan Virgen won the NORCECA Norceca Beach Volleyball Circuit Cuba.  It was the 6th win for Lombardo Ontiveros, the 19th win for Juan Virgen, and the 5th win for the team.
In 2013
Melissa Humana-Paredes and Taylor Pischke won the NORCECA Norceca Beach Volleyball Circuit Cuba.  It was the 1st win for Melissa Humana-Paredes, the 1st win for Taylor Pischke, and the 1st win for the team.
In 2013
Matt Fuerbringer and Casey Jennings won the AVP The Manhattan Beach Open.  It was the 8th win for Matt Fuerbringer, the 10th win for Casey Jennings, and the 7th win for the team.
In 2013
Whitney Pavlik and Kerri Walsh Jennings won the AVP The Manhattan Beach Open.  It was the 15th win for Whitney Pavlik, the 110th win for Kerri Walsh Jennings, and the 1st win for the team.
In 2019
Jingzhe Wang and Shuhui Wen won the FIVB Zhongwei Two Star.  It was the 5th win for Jingzhe Wang, the 6th win for Shuhui Wen, and the 5th win for the team.
In 2019
Aleksandrs Samoilovs and Janis Smedins won the FIVB Jurmala Three Star.  It was the 21st win for Aleksandrs Samoilovs, the 18th win for Janis Smedins, and the 16th win for the team.
 
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8/25/2019
Germany’s Erdmann/Winter take it to FIVB World Tour Finals
Jurmala, Latvia, August 25, 2019 – Jonathan Erdmann/Sven Winter are one of the four teams that will travel to Rome for the upcoming 2019 FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour Finals on September 4.
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8/24/2019
Iranian and Qatari duos off to winning start in Salalah
Salalah, Oman, August 24, 2019 – Iran’s Amir Shoushtrizadeh and Mohammad Sadeghi Malati and Qatar’s Saifeddine Aziz Elmajid and Benlouaer Ziad Ziadon their respective matches in the qualification round to reach the FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour Rubavu 1-star main draw.
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Rubavu, Rwanda, August 24, 2019 – Top-seeded Japanese pair Shoji Kurasaka and Kensuke Shoji clinched the men’s gold medal in the FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour Rubavu 1-star on Saturday.
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Rubavu, Rwanda, August 24, 2019 – The Netherlands’ Mexime van Driel and Iris Reinders reigned in the women’s final of the FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour Rubavu 1-star with a 2-0 (21-16, 23-21) win over Denmark’s Signe Zibrandtsen Haaning and Cecile Kollner Olsen on Saturday.
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Zhongwei, China, August 24, 2019 – Top-seeded Wen Shuhui and Wang Jingzhe of China and second-seeded Chiyo Suzuki and Yurika Sakaguchi of Japan will vie in the semifinal of the FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour Zhongwei 2-star, following their two victories on Saturday.
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8/23/2019
England’s Bello brothers prevail in tiebreaker to reach Rubavu semifinals
Rubavu, Rwanda, August 23, 2019 – England’s Javier and Joaquin Bello made a comeback after losing the opening set to record a victory that secured them a final four spot in the FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour Rubavu 1-star.
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China’s Wen and Wang start title defence at Zhongwei with two wins
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Nõlvak/Tiisaar feeling at home in Jurmala
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Berntsen/Mol, H gear up for FIVB World Tour Finals
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8/22/2019
Hovmann and Stormly extend winning run in Rubavu
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Samoilovs & Smedins defend Moscow title
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Borger & Sude reminisce about Rome experiences in anticipation of World Tour Finals
Moscow, Russia, August 17, 2019 – Karla Borger & Julia Sude, currently the highest ranked German women’s pair, are keen on going back to Rome for the 2019 FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour Finals next month.
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Aug 21-25, 2019 FIVB Zhongwei Two Star, China W US$25,000
Aug 22-25, 2019 FIVB Jurmala Three Star, Latvia M US$75,000
Aug 24-27, 2019 FIVB Salalah One Star, Oman M US$5,000
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Sep 13-15, 2019 NORCECA NORCECA Continental Tour Punta Cana, Dominican Republic M TBD
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