Episode #52: Master These Volleyball Skills -Sarah Pavan talks about How to Become an Olympian and World Champion

How to Perfect Your Volleyball Skills!

Sarah Pavan, one of the best volleyball players in the world, combines a mix of these abilities to succeed at the highest level. So go ahead and sharpen them in today’s podcast episode with Coaches Mark Burik and Brandon Joyner!



  • 01:22 - Introduction
  • 13:40 - First Indoor Tournament
  • 21:05 - Lightning Round Questions
  • 30:07 - Sarah's Goals
  • 39:54 - The Mindset Shift
  • 49:26 - How do you set goals?
  • 58:58 - Do you always start in the middle when your partners serve as a blocker?
  • 1:11:37 - Bait For the Hitter
  • 1:22:45 - Q and A
  • 1:33:43 - Best Piece of Advice from Sarah
  • 1:42:44 - Better at Beach Announcement

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.

Sarah Pavan completed her first full AVP season in 2019, winning the Manhattan Beach Open and Hawaii Open with partner Melissa Humana-Paredes. A long-time indoor athlete, Sarah played for the University of Nebraska, where she was NCAA Champion, a 4-time First-Team All-American, and National Player of the Year. She played for the Canadian Indoor National team and professionally overseas before starting to play beach volleyball on the FIVB World Tour in 2013. Sarah split time between pro indoor and the beach for several years before making the full-time switch to the sand in 2018. A 2016 Rio Olympian and 3-time FIVB Best Blocker, Sarah won the 2019 World Championships with Melissa Humana-Paredes in Hamburg, Germany. With that win, Sarah and Melissa are guaranteed a spot in the Tokyo Olympics.

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Mark Burik

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Brandon Joyner

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Sarah Pavan

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