Episode #36: Level Up Your Game with these Defensive Blocking Techniques! - Tri Bourne

Get Your Mind on Defense!

Blocking may sound simple, but what are you missing? How can you elevate your blocking and win more games? With Tri Bourne and Mark Burik, learn how to perfect your volleyball blocking and defense abilities. Check out our podcast for today!



  • 00:40 - Introduction
  • 09:30 - Mental or Physical Cue in Defense
  • 15:23 - What does a drill look like if you're diagramming one of your many touches?
  • 37:06 - What was the one thing that you thought you were doing right early in your career?
  • 45:30 - Do you think shorter players should set tighter and lower or should they set more off?
  • 1:06:47 - Q & A
  • 1:10:48 - Better At Beach Announcements

Head Coach Mark Burik has been coaching sports for 16 years and has over a decade of playing and coaching experience in volleyball. Burik has been a mainstay on the AVP Tour and also competes regularly on the FIVB World Tour. Recognized as one of the top beach volleyball players in the country, he has numerous championships under his belt and has won the legendary Pottstown Rumble three times. He has been a part of the Gold Medal Squared staff, which promotes a system of teaching designed by national team coaches.

Brandon started playing volleyball in Chester, Virginia when he was 16 years old for his high school volleyball team. As a senior, Brandon was named Virginia State Player of the Year and has been a coach for more than 10 years. He found success in the National Volleyball League as high as third and also took home the “Most Improved” award in 2016.

Tri Bourne played NCAA D1 Men’s Volleyball for the USC Trojans and overseas in Puerto Rico and Turkey. He then switched full-time to beach and has been playing on the AVP tour since 2013 when he earned Newcomer of the Year and Most Improved awards. In 2014, when Tri began representing the United States on the FIVB World Tour, he won the FIVB Berlin Grand Slam. That season he was named the FIVB Rookie of the Year as well as the AVP Best Offensive Player.

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