Timeline of Volleyball History On The Beach

History About Volleyball On The Sand

Misty May Treanor, Kerri Walsh, Dain Blainton and Karch Kiraly Make Beach Volleyball History

This recent beach volleyball history timeline details the events that

contributed to the highs and lows of beach volleyball in the United


1965: The California Beach Volleyball Association (CBVA) was formed.

The "Quicksand Documentary" is a beach volleyball documentary detailing the history of beach volleyball which started in Southern California and epitomized the Southern California lifestyle.

1983: Twenty years later the Association of Volleyball Professionals

(AVP) was formed.

1986: The first professional beach volleyball association only for

women was created called the Women's Professional Volleyball

Association (WPVA) was formed.

WPVA(Women's Volleyball) 1994 Ft. Lauderdale Final

Timeline of Volleyball History on the Beach: 1990s

1992: The Four Person Pro Beach Volleyball League was started in the

United States.

Four-Woman Pro-Beach Team Champions

1995  Team Sony
1993  Team Champion (We won!)

1996: In the Atlanta Olympics the two-person beach volleyball

made its debut as an Olympic Sport.


1996 Olympics Beach Volleyball Quarter Final Match Pt. 1

1997: Dain Blanton becomes the first African-American professional

beach volleyball player in US beach volleyball history to win a

tournament on the Miller Lite/AVP Tour.


1999: For the first time in the history of volleyball in the Pan Am Games,

beach volleyball was introduced in the 13th edition held in Winnepeg,


Timeline of Volleyball History on the Beach: 2000s

2000: Eric Fonoimoana and Dain Blanton (USA) defeat Brazilian

champions Ze Roberto and Ricardo Santos claim the first Olympic

Beach Volleyball Men's Gold medalists.

2000: The women's Beach Volleyball America (BVA) announces their

inaugural season of play.


Dain Blanton and Eric Fonoimoana

Beach Volleyball 2000 Sydney Olympics Gold Medal

2001: Christopher "Sinjin" Smith partnering with George Roumain, played

his final match of his long and industrious career against Dax Holdren

and Todd Rogers in the 4th round of the contender's bracket at the AVP

Manhattan Beach Open.

Sinjin retires as the leader in the most beach volleyball tournaments

played with 416, second in all-time victories with 139, and fourth in

all-time winnings with over US $1.6 million earned.


2002: In an effort to make the beach game more fast paced and TV

friendly the beach volleyball court dimensions were reduced to

8m x 8m per side.

2003: Karch Kiraly created another milestone in beach volleyball history

by becoming the first volleyball player to earn three million dollars in

prize money and the oldest player to win an AVP beach volleyball

tournament at age 42 years, 9 months and 14 days.

2004: Without losing a set, Kerri Walsh and Misty May Win the gold

medal and the Women's Olympic Beach Volleyball Title in Athens,


Gold Medal Moments:

Misty May & Kerri Walsh (2004, 2008 & 2012 Summer Olympics)

2005: Olympic gold medalists Kerri Walsh and Misty May-Treanor

win their second Association of Volleyball Professionals (AVP) Open

women's title and the 2005 overall women's championship.


Timeline of Volleyball History on the Beach: 2006

2006: Elaine Youngs' second place finish with Rachel Wacholder in

Seaside Heights pushes her career earnings past $1 million.

She becomes the third American beach volleyball player to achieve that



Karch Kiraly retirement ceremony during the AVP Manhattan Beach Volleyball Open in 2007 by announcer Chris "Geeter" McGee.

2006: In Seaside Heights, both Casey Jennings with Matt Fuerbringer

and Kerri Walsh with Misty May-Treanor won titles, becoming just the

second husband-wife duo to win pro beach volleyball events on the

same weekend. They join Mike and Patty Dodd, who accomplished the

feat four times in 1989, but each time in different locations.


2006: Kerri Walsh and Misty May-Treanor win in Chicago as Walsh joins

the millionaire club.

She is the 18th person worldwide to win over $1 million in her career,

and did so in fewer events (90th tournament) as well as being one of

just four to reach the mark before turning 28 years old.


Timeline of Volleyball History on the Beach: 2007

2007: Misty May-Treanor passes Brazilians Adriana Behar and Shelda

Bede as the winningest player since the women's competition on the

international beach volleyball circuit began in 1992.

2007: Misty May-Treanor becomes the women's all-time wins leader by

capturing her 73rd victory, surpassing Holly McPeak's record by winning

with Kerri Walsh in Hermosa Beach. She reached this total in just 123

tournaments -- winning 57.5% of her events.


2007: In a championship match that lasted 1:41, Nicole Branagh and

Elaine Youngs defeat Jennifer Boss and April Ross 21-19, 18-21, 16-14

in Seaside Heights. The marathon set the record for the longest match

in rally scoring, men or women, in domestic or international play.

2007: Karch Kiraly retires to close an impressive career on the beach,

leaving as the all-time wins leader and money earner.

Insuring his mark in beach volleyball history, Karch's longevity was

marked by the fact he won a tournament in 24 different years, and he

advanced to the semifinals in over 75% of all the events he ever played

and was named as the AVP's Most Valuable Player a record six times.

Timeline of Volleyball History on the Beach: 2008

2008: Hot Winter Nights, a series of 19 events in January and February,

kicks off in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma marking the first ever indoor

beach volleyball tour. Mark Williams and Nancy Mason were the first

winners in the "King of the Beach format" events.

2008: At the Beijing Olympics in a rainy final championships game

against the host Chinese team Misty May Treanor and Kerri Walsh make

beach volleyball history by defending their gold medal title becoming the

first Americans men or womens beach volleyball team to win

consecutive Olympic gold medals.

2008: At the Beijing Olympics despite an unfortunate incident where

Olympic Men's volleyball coach's father-in-law was killed before the start

of the volleyball competition, the US men's volleyball team won a gold

medal while the women reached the finals and lost to Brazil which

earned them a silver medal tying the best finish ever for an American

women's volleyball team in the Olympics.

2010: The AVP closes its doors unable to raise the money needed to

conclude the 2010 pro beach volleyball season. 

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