Winning Defense for Beach Volleyball: “Digging, Blocking and How to Get a Touch on Everything”


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If you are to peruse the best beach volleyball teams of all time -- Phil Dalhausser and Todd Rogers, Sinjin Smith and Randy Stoklos, Kerri Walsh Jennings and Misty May-Treanor, Emanuel Rego and Ricardo Santos, Anders Mol and Christian Sorum, Jake Gibb and Sean Rosenthal, to name a few -- you'll find a number of common traits. 

While all of them could side out at a world-class level, that is not necessarily the differentiator between them and the rest of the world. Most teams at the top of the AVP and FIVB can side out at a remarkable clip. All of them can pass, set, hit, drop a high line, cut one into the angle -- they have all the tools you'd want. 

The difference between, say, a Mol and Sorum, Norway's phenomenal duo and the current No. 1 beach volleyball team on the planet, and a good but not quite great team is defense. 

It is no coincidence that the team that has won three consecutive European Championships, Mol and Sorum, is also the team with the 2019 FIVB Blocker of the Year and the 2019 FIVB Defender of the Year. Neither Mol or Sorum won best hitter (that went to, deservedly, the Netherlands' Alex Brouwer). Neither of them were the best server (that is almost annually awarded to Evandro Goncalves of Brazil). 

And yet they were the best team in the world, the most difficult one on which to score. 



Mol is changing the game in the way he is blocking, while Sorum is able to operate freely, digging virtually everything the opposing team throws his way. 

How, then, do we reach the defensive level of Mol and Sorum? Well, if we're being entirely honest, that level is unattainable for most (they're the best in the world for a reason; nobody can do what they do at the moment). But we can learn from them. We can learn why it's so hard to put a ball down on a team like Mol and Sorum, or Dalhausser and Rogers, or Walsh Jennings and May-Treanor. 

In the video below, AVP professional beach volleyball player Mark Burik breaks down defense in beach volleyball, and how you can get a touch on more balls than you thought possible, and how you can become a team nobody wants to play against. 



We all want to get digs and blocks more often, but how? How do I put myself in the best position every time? What should my footwork look like for running down a shot? Where should my hands be? Why are so many teams able to get points on 2?

Join us as we go through actual AVP and FIVB match footage and show you how the pro’s do it!


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