The Golden Sacrifice2018-03-29 14:40:00 | @barringer_a
Winning on home sand at the Fort Lauderdale Major meant a lot for Nick Lucena and Phil Dalhausser – but for more reasons than you think
Winning on home sand at the Fort Lauderdale Major meant a lot for Nick Lucena and Phil Dalhausser – but for more reasons than you think
Fort Lauderdale Major bronze medalist performance highlighted by KINEXON
Barbara and Fernanda aim to keep progressing after their #FTLMajor victory
Duo Doha bound hours after ending wait for #FTLMajor gold
The American was the best scorer, best attacker and best blocker in Florida
Fort Lauderdale, you rock!
Lupo and Nicolai had a solid week in the #FTLMajor, but couldn’t handle Nick and Phil
A dream come true for Americans
Samoilovs and Smedins prevail in the bronze medal match in Florida to start the season strong
Dalhausser and Lucena are one win away of the gold medal in the #FTLMajor
Lupo/Nicolai on the brink of glory on US sand after semi triumph
From country-quota to the silver medal, what a week for the Brazilians in the #FTLMajor!
Battle of Brazil goes to Barbara and Fernanda
Americans win podium place to deny Europe a medal
Samoilovs and Smedins took down Polish duo to stay in contention for medals in the #FTLMajor
Brazilians come back from the dead to stun America
Fernanda and Barbara knockout Ross and Sweat and will face Taiana/Carol Horta for the gold
The Brazilian duo got their eighth win the in the #FTLMajor to advance to the final
Beach elite thawing out in Fort Lauderdale
The women's champions will be crowned on Saturday - one of 10 huge games taking place at the #FTLMajor
Summer/Ross stun Canada to reach the semifinals
Bieneck/Schneider and Taiana/Carol Horta set to compete for a spot in the gold medal match
Kantor and Losiak play Plavins and Tocs for the third time in 2018 and advance to the quarterfinals
Olympic silver medalists on a roll in Florida
Barbara and Fernanda advance to the quarter-finals, but expect to get further than in 2017
Taiana and Carol Horta will face Borger/Kozuch for a spot in the semifinals
Stay hydrated and safe in the sun is the message from the medical experts
Guto and Vitor came from behind to knockout Russians Liamin and Krasilnikov
Italian wildcards stun Evandro/Andre to advance to last 16
American favorites ease into last 16 after another night match victory
All it's all happening on day four of the Fort Lauderdale Major...
Sweat/Ross and Agatha/Duda get the final berths after an intense night section
Coaches honored by their counterparts for 2017 success
Old heads on top as Americans fightback on Center Court
Kholomina and Makroguzova have advanced to the Round of 16 with an impressive win
It was another victory for the Americans in the Red Bull Beach Arena
Alison and Bruno get their second #FTLMajor win over Dutch Brouwer and Meeuwsen
Three teams from the South American team survived after the conclusion of women’s pool play in Fort Lauderdale
Dalhausser and Lucena return to the sands with their regular firepower at the #FTLMajor
Here’s three important games you can’t miss at on day Thursday
Hard-working Italians too good for US wildcards
As the elimination games start, Thursday morning will be interesting in the #FTLMajor
American top seeds going for gold on home sand
Fendrick/Branagh and Claes/Hughes among the pool leaders in Fort Lauderdale
Six years after his Olympic medal, the veteran Latvian is enjoying a great start with Edgars Tocs
After a successful 2017 season, Stoyanovskiy and Yarzutkin start 2018 with different partners – but that’s just temporary
The American team prevailed over Belgium’s Koekelkoren and Van Walle in the first match on Center Court
Germans Borger and Kozuch end USA’s Ross and Klineman’s winning streak
An early defeat to Behrens and Ittlinger on Pool G puts the Brazilians is a tough spot
Laboureur/Sude going for gold at Fort Lauderdale Major after bronze last year
The Canadian played against her former partner Taylor Pischke on her first match in Fort Lauderdale
As the men’s main draw kicks off, here are some matchups you cannot miss
Day one of pool play – check out these beach battles!
Three teams from Canada dominate the women’s pool play draw
Competition will reach its climax with 32 teams fighting for spots in the elimination round
Two teams from the country survived the qualifier and will join Sorum/Mol in the main draw
Martin Ermacora and Moritz Pristauz beat two American teams to make the main draw
The Dutch Olympian advanced to the main draw on her first-ever Beach Major Series appearance
The reigning champions of the Fort Lauderdale Major were eliminated in the qualifier
Ondrej Perusic and David Schweiner stun Brazil
The Brazilian debuted his new team with George Wanderley and advanced to the main draw in Fort Lauderdale
After achieving success in the National Tour, the Americans now want to shine in the Beach Major Series
Scottish girls set their sights on Australia
Broder and Pischke prevail over Japanese Ishii and Murakami to advance to the main draw
Casey Patterson and Stafford Slick join Anouk Vergé-Dépré and Joana Heidrich waterside in Fort Lauderdale
After steady progress since 2015, van Walle and Koekelkoren are confident the podium waits for them
Meet the English duo living the dream at the Fort Lauderdale Major
Reigning champions and Olympians will be among the teams competed for main draw spots on Tuesday
The duo joined forces for the Fort Lauderdale Major and got started by winning the Brazilian country-quota
In their second and last tournament together, the Americans prevailed in the #FTLMajor country-quota
From the local heroes to the early surprise of the season, here are the teams you should keep an eye on this week
Check out these women's teams this week!
Italian star hopes the good times will return in 2018
Seven teams that will compete in Fort Lauderdale finished the weekend in the podium in Iran and Brazil
American star tells us he’s got the all clear to make a comeback
Only one European team has ever won gold on a World Tour tournament in America in FIVB history. We spoke to legendary Norwegians Björn Maaseide and Jan Kvalheim and asked them how they did it
World champions Andre and Evandro return to Fort Lauderdale, where they first played together
Introducing a twist to the Beach Majors Series group stages
Fort Lauderdale Major favorites Kantor/Losiak on why it’s good to stick together
The Dutch blocker enters the 2018 season with his third different partner in three years
The Dutch Olympian, who returned to the sands after a four-year break, is set to debut in the Beach Major Series in Fort Lauderdale
14 years after they first played together, Lauren Fendrick and Nicole Branagh will be back on the sand together next week
From studying to the Florida sand in a year for Canadian star
Alvaro Filho and Saymon return to Fort Lauderdale aiming to repeat their qualification-to-gold medal campaign
Alison and Bruno are ready to bounce back….and they want it now!
Czech Republic’s Kolocova and Kvapilova are already in Florida preparing to the #FTLMajor
Casey Patterson on a new teammate, family life and Fort Lauderdale
When in Florida, do as the Floridians do
American and Dutch teams receive main draw wildcards
Check out which men are in the hat for Fort Lauderdale
From a remarkable win to a special moment on his personal life, Fort Lauderdale is Alvaro Filho’s place in the world
When in Florida, do as the Floridians do
Spanish star returns to the beach in Fort Lauderdale after having her first baby
Behold the tentative entry list for the #FTLMajor…
Beach volleyball teams are traveling around the world in training camps getting ready for Fort Lauderdale!
Patience is key this time for three-time Olympic champ
Don’t even read this unless you live and breathe beach volleyball
Boxing champ Haye swaps sparring for serving and spiking!
Fort Lauderdale bosses tell it like it is!
Those nights under the lights our favorite moment from the Fort Lauderdale
Samba sensations start the season in style
Olympic legend pays tribute to sell-out Center Court crowds
We count down our top five moments from the first tournament of the season
Huge proceeds from Cocktails with the Champions to benefit cancer charity
We countdown our top five moments from the first tournament of the season
The best of social media from six days in the Fort Lauderdale sun
Read the second installment of Ben Saxton's Swatch Major Series blog
What a week it was for the Brazilians in Fort Lauderdale
2017 begins with a bang!
Brazilian golden girls too hot for Agatha/Duda
Larissa/Talita versus Agatha/Duda in another all-Brazilian final
Disappointment for Walsh/Ross but Sweat/Ross keep the American dream alive on Sunday
Samba stars come from no where to clinch gold in Fort Lauderdale
Laboureur/Sude shoot into Sunday’s semis
Gold will go to Brazil...
Former Olympic champ takes us on a whistlestop tour around town
Men’s medal matches decided on Saturday at #FTLMajor
Rising star Duda and Olympic silver medalist Agatha are teaching each other new things
Boxing came to the beach on Friday as David ‘The Hayemaker’ Haye dropped by for a very special appearance at the Fort Lauderdale Major
We’re down to the final eight in the men’s competition
Women’s elimination round dominated by US and Brazil
Casey, Theo and Julius get taught by the ‘Turbo Spinner’
American girls progress doing the business on the beach
End of the #FTLMajor road for Olympians
Men’s pool play: done!
Saxton/Schalk set for the new season
Five matches you can’t afford to miss on day three of the Fort Lauderdale Major
The beauty of beach volleyball illuminated at #FTLMajor
Brother, sisters and cousins in action at the Fort Lauderdale Major
American teams rock the morning session at Fort Lauderdale Major
There’s no stopping the debutants at the Fort Lauderdale Major
It’s a whirlwind of adventure off the sand at the Fort Lauderdale Major
We highlight the go-to games on the first day of pool play at the Fort Lauderdale Major
Get a load of who’s playing who in the Fort Lauderdale Major pool play
Europeans dominate men’s qualification at Fort Lauderdale Major
Brazilians march through to main draw
American star and 2016 Olympian Brooke Sweat dishes the dirt
Find out what makes beach volleyball legend Phil Dalhausser tick
Don’t miss a thing at the #FTLMajor
Beach volleyball’s return to the limelight is within touching distance
#FTLMajor wildcards and new American partnership Casey Patterson and Theo Brunner explain their new partnership ahead of the 2017 season
Aussie rulebreakers headline the list of famous faces in Fort Lauderdale
Watch Olympic legend and enjoy a night of cocktails
Brazilian wildcard can’t wait for his first taste of Fort Lauderdale
Yet more stunning images from our iconic Spike the Sun photoshoot with Phil and Lauren
Here at the Swatch Major Series we like to do things differently...
The best of Brazil are heading for the Fort Lauderdale Major
German Olympic hero Kira Walkenhorst knew exactly who to turn to when looking for a partner in Fort Lauderdale. We caught up with Julia Groβner ahead of the first Major Series tournament of the season…
A win in Fort Lauderdale would cement this legend’s position at the top of the beach volleyball record books
Swatch Major Series history will be made in Fort Lauderdale
Brand new partnerships set for Fort Lauderdale Major
Ricardo and Harley join forces for Fort Lauderdale Major
Olympic and Swatch World Tour Finals champs all set for Fort Lauderdale
The latest social stories from the beach stars
Can Alison/Bruno start the season with yet more gold?
61 entries, 33 new teams and many medals among them…
It’s getting closer…
Tuesday Talent: April Ross
Tuesday Talent: Casey Patterson
Olympic bronze heroes to go for gold in Florida after all
It’s so close we can almost feel the sand between our toes!
Shoulder set-back could rule out Olympic champ in Fort Lauderdale
Tuesday Talent: The Brothers Crabb
Get a load of these new partnerships…
Nick Lucena set for Fort Lauderdale showdown
Your chance to be part of the stunning start to the season!
Starved of beach volleyball? Want time to go quicker? We’re here to help…
Season’s opening tournament will kick off in Florida
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President Dr. Graça met beach volleyball legends past and present during the Swatch Beach Volleyball FIVB World Tour Finals in Fort Lauderdale.
Sunday’s medal rounds at the inaugural Swatch Beach Volleyball FIVB World Tour Finals set a new standard for the sport, and provided a jawdropping preview of the level of play to come when beach volleyball takes center stage at the 2016 Olympics.
#1 Brazilians, Alison and Bruno deliver decisive 2-set win over local Americans Phil and Nick, earning yet another gold medal and the USD 100,000 prize purse for the gold and green.
The Brazilian dominance continues on Center Court with Larissa and Talita defeating Germany’s Ludwig and Walkenhorst in 2 sets. (21-17, 21-18)
Thousands of excited fans showed up early to catch the morning’s bronze medal matches at the Swatch Beach Volleyball FIVB World Tour Finals in Fort Lauderdale.
The Brazilians came out on fire in the men's bronze medal match on Center Court in front of a capacity crowd. Pedro and Evandro handed Brouwer/Meeuwsen a loss and snagged 3rd place.
In a great 3-set match this morning, Brazil’s Agatha and Barbara claimed the bronze medal by defeating Canada’s Pavan and Bansley (22-10, 14-21, 15-10)
The sixth and final day of competition will decide which teams are going to be crowned as World Tour Finals Champion.
Heads were turning at Fort Lauderdale Beach Park as beach volleyball players and fans alike spotted three iconic players from the past: José Geraldo Loiola of Brazil and Americans Randy Stoklos and Sinjin Smith – who, as it turns out, are pretty big fans themselves.
Sunday - 2:30PM ET: World Champs vs South Florida Heroes
In Sunday’s gold medal matches at the prestige tournament of the FIVB World Tour, the USA will face Brazilian men, and Brazilian women will try to topple a stellar team from Germany. After the explosive action of Saturday’s Semifinals, the medal clashes will be unmissable.
The Men’s Final is set. USA and Brazil defeat their rivals in the semifinals to set up the most anticipated finals of the year - Dalhausser/Lucena (USA) vs Alison/Bruno (BRA).
Over 4,000 expected on Center Court today to participate in the Swatch Beach Volleyball FIVB World Tour Finals at South Beach Park.
It was an absolute Brazilian/German Power Show on Center Court mid-day at the Swatch Beach Volleyball FIVB World Tour Finals.
Morning Quarterfinals for the men in Fort Lauderdale have set up afternoon Semifinal showdowns where World Champions from Brazil will face rivals from their home country and former World Champions from the USA and the Netherlands will face off in the other men’s Semi.
Early morning matches on Center Court gave us two new winners and set up an epic pair of semifinals scheduled for 2:30PM ET and 3:30PM ET.
Looking ahead to an action-packed Playoff Saturday with several high-profile match-ups that should give us an unbelievable weekend as we move into the elimination rounds.
Several high-profile match-ups should give us an unbelievable weekend as we move into the elimination rounds.
Results were coming fast and furious in the FIVB’s newest tournament on Friday afternoon, with women’s Quarterfinals and the conclusion of men’s Pool play. While two pairs of Dutch men windmilled their way out of the pool, two home-country US teams were eliminated.
With the women’s quarterfinal coming to a close here on day 4 of competition, the Canadians and Brazilians came out victorious.
Universal Sports Network will be airing two exciting live matches today.
The women’s matches have been the tightest and most unpredictable of the tournament. While Brazilian women clinched Pool B Friday morning, Germany upset their plans for Pool A.
Americans Lauren Fendrick and April Ross won an energetic 3-set match against the Spanish team of Liliana and Baquerizo this morning (21-11, 19-21, 15-9).
Americans Emily Day and Jen Kessy lost a 3-set heart-breaker to the Dutch team of Meppelink and Van Iersel early this morning (21-16, 20-22, 7-15).
The pressure is on today at the Swatch Beach Volleyball FIVB World Tour Finals with the women’s quarterfinals slated to begin at 2PM EDT.
The fourth of six days of competition in the USD 500,000 Swatch Beach Volleyball FIVB World Tour Finals will feature a 12-match schedule Friday with play on two courts at Fort Lauderdale Beach Park.
Four teams from Brazil, Germany and the USA remained unbeaten through Thursday and clinched playoff births. The rest of the field must battle on through Friday and come up with wins to solidify their positions in the elimination rounds.
The USA, Germany and two teams from Brazil were the first to climb out of the pools in the most momentous tournament of the FIVB World Tour season on Thursday.
The last match of the day proved to be as exciting as everyone hoped.
The German team of Ludwig/Walkenhorst handed USA’s top seeded Fendrick/Ross their first loss of the tournament today.
In the men’s and women’s play at the Swatch Beach Volleyball FIVB World Tour Finals, only the top three teams in each pool will advance.
USA’s wildcard team of Emily Day and Jen Kessy pulled out a tough win over Germany this morning in hopes of getting back into the top 3 in their pool.
If they can’t dig deep and pull out some wins, several teams are facing the possibility of an early exit from the Swatch Beach Volleyball FIVB World Tour Finals. Only the top 3 teams from each pool will move on into the weekend.
The action at Swatch Beach Volleyball FIVB World Tour Finals in Fort Lauderdale will escalate today when Pool play for men and women continues, as the winner of each pool earns a precious bye past the first elimination round.
Americans Emily Day and Jen Kessy will face off against the German up-and-comers Chantal Laboureur and Julia Sude at 11AM ET on Center Court.
In a day filled with exceptional matchups, the headline event at the Swatch Beach Volleyball FIVB World Tour Finals on Wednesday was a three-set thriller!
As a new prestige beach volleyball tournament makes its debut in Fort Lauderdale this week, high fliers from the powerhouse nations of Brazil and the USA took their rivalry to neutral territory.
The most anticipated match of the day did not disappoint as world “heavyweights” Dalhausser/Lucena (USA) defeated Bruno/Alison (BRA) in three sets today (18-21, 21-16, 15-11).
After an upset loss on Day One of the Swatch Beach Volleyball FIVB World Tour Finals, the top-seeded Americans showed just what they’re made of on Wednesday Morning with a win against Spain despite injury to Casey Patterson.
Today we get an overdose of dominating Brazilian teams taking on the favored American home teams.
For the American men’s team Patterson/Gibb and US women’s team Day/Kessy, the sense of urgency to come back with a decisive win today is very real.
The Swatch Beach Volleyball FIVB World Tour Finals launched Tuesday at Fort Lauderdale Beach Park where three of the four "wild card" entrants in the international Beach Volleyball event posted opening pool play match wins.
The first-ever Swatch Beach Volleyball FIVB World Tour Finals that got underway in Fort Lauderdale on September 29 is already shaping up to be the most important tournament of the season. Wild card upsets and medical drama were only part of the surprises, with more to come as Pool Play continues for the teams from eight nations on Wednesday.
Cheer on your favorite Swatch Beach Volleyball FIVB World Tour Finals players from all over the world during the global takeover at Fort Lauderdale Beach Park.
Jake Gibb and Casey Patterson hit an Italian wall today on Center Court.
Top international teams contend for $100,000 first-place prizes in historic first Swatch Beach Volleyball FIVB World Tour Finals on Sept. 29–Oct. 4
All games on Day One of the Swatch Beach Volleyball FIVB World Tour Finals are being held on the spectacular sands of the oceanside Center Court in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, giving spectators an exciting kickoff to the sizzling action this week.
Ending the 2015 regular-season last week in China, the Fédération Internationale de Volleyball (FIVB) is back in the United States for the inaugural USD 500,000 Swatch Beach Volleyball FIVB World Tour Finals.
Brazil has always been a world force in the sport of beach volleyball, but this year they have dominated on a level that can only be described as inspired.
Game is on, Party is on – Fort Lauderdale is ready for the Swatch Beach Volleyball FIVB World Tour Finals!
Athletes from all of the world arrived in Fort Lauderdale as the Swatch Beach Volleyball FIVB World Tour Finals Center Court undergoes finishing touches on the sands of South Beach Park.
Who's excited for the tournament of the year?
For Swatch Beach Volleyball FIVB World Tour Finals participants Phil Dalhausser and Nick Lucena, it was “milestone” Saturday in China.
Two of the top US model agencies will spike on Center Court during the semi-finals at the Swatch Beach Volleyball FIVB World Tour Finals. This is an exhibition match you won’t want to miss!
Have you ever wondered how professional female athletes juggle motherhood and staying at the top of their game? We sat down with Olympic athlete, Jen Kessy, to find out what that life is really like.
Is the coveted ‘beach body’ an actual fitness goal for beach athletes or is it the result of high performance training? We dig in with U.S.A. Strength & Conditioning Sport Physiologist, Timothy Pelot, to discuss that and more.
Swatch Beach Volleyball FIVB World Tour Finals starts on September 29. As the match schedule is released, the countdown to the greatest event in beach volleyball history begins.
With the withdrawal of the Italian team of Adrian Carambula/Alex Ranghieri, the tandem was replaced by compatriots Daniele Lupo/Paolo Nicolai.
The USA, Brazil, Canada, The Netherlands, Spain, Austria, Italy, and Germany will be represented at these 2015 Swatch Beach Volleyball FIVB World Tour Finals - going head to head on the sands of one of the most beautiful beaches in South Florida.
In two weeks’ time, the Swatch Beach Volleyball FIVB World Tour Finals in Fort Lauderdale will set a new standard of quality in beach volleyball.
The lines in the sand have been drawn. The best beach volleyball athletes in the world have earned the right to pack their bags and head to Fort Lauderdale, Florida for the ultimate showdown of 2015.
First-ever Swatch Beach Volleyball FIVB World Tour Finals to take place on Fort Lauderdale Beach, with the top beach volleyball teams in the world to assemble in South Florida for their final face-off on the road to Rio and the 2016 Olympic Games
The Field for the Swatch Beach Volleyball FIVB World Tour Finals in Fort Lauderdale is nearly set, but which teams will receive the much desired Wild Cards?
In its first year, the Swatch Beach Volleyball Major Series has seen three incredible stops around the world and now all eyes turn toward the USA. In one month the Swatch Beach Volleyball FIVB World Tour Finals, the last event of the 2015 FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour, takes over Fort Lauderdale, Florida.