Volleyball

The leading podcast for beach volleyball and stories in the volleyball world.

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This episode of SANDCAST: Beach volleyball with Tri Bourne and Travis Mewhirter, features the hosts, Bourne and Mewhirter, as well as a new voice on the show, Savvy Simo, as we celebrate our three year anniversary of doing the podcast. 

On this episode, we recap the long and short three-year journey we've been on, and answer a wide variety of fan questions, such as...

- How would you rank the top 10 men's teams right now going into the Olympics in 2021? Norway still #1?
 

- How would you rank Taylor within the group of top 5 defenders and why?

- What is the direction that USAV is headed with Tyler Hildebrand going back to Nebraska? 

- Seems like the players would love more chances to play and you’ve seen first hand how into beach/sand volleyball places that don’t actually have beaches can be (Cincinnati) plus you’ve seen the indoor sand facilities. So what’s your take on playing sand indoors during the winter months?

- You’ve done a great job of interviewing the players and giving a bit more depth to the game from this fan’s perspective. You asked for some questions. You’ll undoubtedly get the most [surprising, best, worst, hilarious, .. etc], but I’m curious if you see the growth and acceptance of the game changing? Are you more or less positive looking forward? And what about existing and potential sponsors - how do you see that world now?

Many, many more. Thanks, as always, for listening to the show! If you want to drop us a review in iTunes, we'd appreciate it. 

And, as always, thanks to Wilson Volleyball for sponsoring the show! If you want 20 percent off the best balls in the game, check out Wilson using our discount code SANDCAST-20 for 20 percent off!

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This episode of SANDCAST: Beach volleyball with Tri Bourne and Travis Mewhirter features Julia Scoles, a phenomenal indoor player at the University of North Carolina who transferred to Hawai'i to play beach after a series of concussions. After an incredibly successful stint as a Bow, Scoles transferred to USC, where, a year later, she is still waiting to make her debut as a Trojan. 

On this episode, we discuss:

- Scoles' path from Carolina to Hawai'i to USC

- Her steep learning curve on the beach

- Winning her first tournament at the Waupaca Boatride with Hailey Harward

- How she has found peace amid all these momentous life decisions, and the stress of going from the East Coast to halfway around the world to Hawai'i 

- Her five-year plan as a professional volleyball player after she graduates from USC

As always, this episode is brought to you by Wilson Volleyball, makers of the best balls in the game. Use our discount code, Sandcast-20 to get 20 percent off all Wilson products! 

We would also LOVE it if you checked out our book, Volleyball for Milkshakes, which can be bought on Amazon. And, if you've already read it, drop us a review! It only helps spread the beach love :)

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This episode of SANDCAST: Beach volleyball with Tri Bourne and Travis Mewhirter is with Avery Drost, a longtime pro who has been competing on the AVP Tour for 10 years. 

On this episode, we discuss:

- Drost winning the Hyden Beach AVP Next with Miles Partain

- Just how good the 18-year-old Partain is becoming

- Drost finding the best practice regimen and weight lifting schedule for his body

- Finding the right playing weight

- His goals when it comes to beach volleyball

- Transitioning to a right-side defender with Ryan Doherty

- His overall confusion -- in a good way -- over what position to play, given his ability to thrive all over the court

This episode, as always, is brought to you by Wilson Volleyball, makers of the best beach volleyballs in the game. Use our discount code, Sandcast-20, for 20 percent off! 

We'd love it if you checked out our book, Volleyball for Milkshakes, on Amazon, and we'd really love it if you dropped us a review as well! It goes a long way. 

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This episode of SANDCAST: Beach volleyball with Tri Bourne and Travis Mewhirter, is with Jordan Cheng, the coach of Kelly Claes and Sarah Sponcil, the 10th-ranked team in the world and No. 3 in the American Olympic race. 

On this episode, we discuss:

- Cheng's career as a coach, how his intentions to play professionally were constantly derailed by "once in a lifetime" coaching opportunities at Pepperdine, under Marv Dunphy, USA Volleyball under John Speraw, UCI, Reid Priddy and, now, Sponcil and Claes

- How Cheng, 28 years old at the time, came to be the coach for Priddy, one of the best volleyball players of all time

- His coaching philosophy: "I don't want to be a JV version of Jose Loiola. I want to be a varsity version of myself."

- How he came to coach Claes and Sponcil

- The importance of pursuing something bigger than beach volleyball

This episode is, as always, brought to you by Wilson volleyball. They make the best balls in the game, and you can get 20 percent off by using our discount code, Sandcast-20. 

Be sure to check out our new book, Volleyball for Milkshakes, on Amazon and, if you're feeling extra magnanimous, drop us a review! It goes a long way. 

Thanks as always for listening!

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On this episode of SANDCAST: Beach volleyball with Tri Bourne and Travis Mewhirter, we answer fan questions in our "season ending" episode, even if there wasn't much of a season in the first place. Some of those questions include:

- What's this secret event Tri has been training for?

- Who are some of the younger players, other than Andy Benesh and Eric Beranek, we should be looking out for?

- Is Miles Partain the real deal or what?

- What beach players are getting out of the game after this year?

- If you could change one thing about the Olympic qualifying process, what would it be?

- What do you think the 2021 season will look like? We answer a few more as well.

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This episode of SANDCAST: Beach volleyball with Tri Bourne and Travis Mewhirter, is with one of the greatest players of all-time, with 123 victories, including four at the Manhattan Beach Open. 

More than that, Stoklos, along with his partner, Sinjin Smith, is one of the most influential individuals in beach history, instrumental in pushing beach volleyball worldwide. Without Stoklos and Smith, it's possible the sport would not currently be in the Olympic Games. 

On this episode, we cover a lot of ground, including:

- Stoklos' upbringing with his father, Rudy, a Polish immigrant who escaped a concentration camp in Nazi Germany. 

- Winning the Manhattan Beach Open at age 20 with the legendary Jim Menges

- How he and Sinjin Smith partnered, both of them turning down an offer from Karch Kiraly to do so 

- Stoklos' and Sinjin's epic 11-year partnership, in which they won more tournaments (115) than any team in beach volleyball history

- Their push for the FIVB, and international volleyball

- An incredible story from Ipanema, where he and Smith were dubbed the Kings of Rio

- So much more. Honestly, just listen. It's amazing. You'll love it. 

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This episode of SANDCAST: Beach volleyball with Tri Bourne and Travis Mewhirter, is with the legendary, and ageless, John Hyden. At 47 years young, Hyden is still one of the best defenders in the United States, with his own beach facility just outside Nashville, Tennessee.

On this episode, we discuss:

- Hyden’s transition from an indoor Olympian to a beach volleyball player grinding in qualifiers

- Hustling side jobs, like hanging Christmas lights, putting in synthetic turf putting greens, and almost getting attacked by a dog, until he turned the financial corner in beach.

- Building his team and system, beginning with Brad Keenan in 2007

- Why he and Sean Scott were so dominant

- Coaching up a young Tri – or Tree – Bourne, on volleyball and far more

- Launching his new facility in Nashville

- The final act of his playing career, and how much juice the young man has left in him

This episode is, as always, brought to you by Wilson Volleyball. Use our discount code, Sandcast-20, to get 20 percent off the best balls in the game! SHOOTS!

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This episode of SANDCAST: Beach volleyball with Tri Bourne and Travis Mewhirter, features Canadians Grant O'Gorman and Ben Saxton, who are the second-ranked Canadian team in the race for Tokyo 2021. 

More than pushing for Tokyo, however, they -- and especially O'Gorman -- are pushing for men's health awareness, as O'Gorman was diagnosed with, and beat, testicular cancer. 

On this episode, we cover:

- O'Gorman discovering his testicular cancer, beginning in Hamburg, Germany, at the World Champs

- How the coronavirus may have actually saved his life

- How O'Gorman and Saxton became partners, and O'Gorman's brief stint living in a van 

- Saxton's new mindset of not focusing on the Olympics, but simply trying to be the best he can be, every year

- The upcoming King of the Court event, the first time either has competed in the format

- The rise of Canadian volleyball, particularly the women's side

This episode, of course, is brought to you by Wilson Volleyball, the best balls in the game. Use our discount code, Sandcast-20, to get 20 percent off!

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This episode of SANDCAST: Beach volleyball with Tri Bourne and Travis Mewhirter, is with Livingstone "LT" Treumann, who has established one of the best unofficial beach volleyball training centers in the United States. 

On this episode, we cover:

- Treumann's days growing up in Brazil, and how a white lie turned into a career in volleyball

- Training with the best in the world, including Ricardo Santos and Emanuel Rego, as a teenager in Brazil

- His decision to pursue a career in the garbage business over moving to Santa Monica

- Getting back into coaching beach volleyball

- How he helped Bill Kolinske and Eric Beranek to a career-high third place finish at the 2019 Manhattan Beach Open

- How he established third street in Hermosa Beach as the training grounds for some of the best players in the country

- What he's currently doing in Florida with Beranek and Andy Benesh for the next three months

This episode, per usual, is brought to you by Wilson Volleyball, who makes the best balls in the game. Use our discount code, Sandcast-20 to get 20 percent off all purchases!

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This episode of SANDCAST: Beach volleyball with Tri Bourne and Travis Mewhirter features Adrian Carambula. Nicknamed Mr. Skyball for his towering, spinning serve, Carambula is one of the best players in Italy and in the race to qualify for the Tokyo Olympics with Enrico Rossi. 

On this episode, we cover:

- Carambula's move from Uruguay to the United States, and how he discovered volleyball on the shores of South Beach, Miami. 

- His rise up the ranks in beach volleyball in the U.S., and how he began utilizing a creative, never-before-seen playing style

- His tryout with the Italian Federation

- The long list of adversity he had to overcome to convince the Italian Federation to give him a shot at playing with Alex Ranghieri

- His breakthrough tournament in Porec, Croatia, where he and Ranghieri would take bronze, putting to rest all of the doubts the Federation had about him

- Finding his new partner, Enrico Rossi, and where his career is headed from here. 

Thanks as always for listening to SANDCAST! This episode is brought to you by Wilson Volleyball ! Use our discount code, Sandcast-20, to get 20 percent off all Wilson products. 

Tri and I would love it if you guys ordered a copy of our book, Volleyball for Milkshakes, which is filled with lessons from the pros on this podcast. 

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