Author and sports writer Travis Mewhirter dives into the sport of beach volleyball, interviewing players and coaches ranging from Olympians Phil Dalhausser and Todd Rogers to up and comers Mike Brunsting and Chase Frishman. Listen in and hear the stories of the best players in beach volleyball.
Tim Hovland, five-time Manhattan Beach Open winner, joins Paper Courts26/08/2017 Duration: 36min
Phil Dalhausser didn't waste much time. Just moments after winning his sixth Manhattan Beach Open title on August 20, he pointed to the front row of the stadium, where Tim Hovland was seated, and said "That six, Hov!" Six indeed. One more than Hovland, who won five consecutive Manhattan Beach Opens with Mike Dodd. No matter if his five MBO titles have been surpassed by the Thin Beast, Hovland remains a legend, having formed one half of one of beach volleyball's greatest teams alongside Dodd. Listen in as he joins Travis Mewhirter on the Paper Courts podcast, discussing the golden era of beach volleyball, the Manhattan Beach Open, and where the sport is headed. Catch all other podcasts on iTunes and papercourts.com.
Manhattan Beach Open champ Adam Johnson joins Paper Courts12/08/2017 Duration: 45min
There are few beach volleyball players on the planet who have won as many tournaments -- and by extension, money -- in the sport as Adam Johnson. Nicknamed AJ, he won more than 40 professional tournaments, 16 of which came alongside the legendary Karch Kiraly. Though he was never able to represent the United States, Johnson was perpetually on the tantalizing cusp of qualifying for the Olympics. With the legendary Manhattan Beach Open coming up in less than a week, we felt it would be appropriate to throw it back old school on the podcast to talk to Johnson, a two-time MBO winner, about the Grandaddy of them all.
AVP Hermosa: Jake Gibb, Trevor Crabb join Paper Courts25/07/2017 Duration: 19min
The AVP Hermosa Open was everything beach volleyball fans could have asked for -- Cinderellas, mobbed stadiums, big draws, big upsets, a Crabb on Crabb matchup (twice!). Paper Courts interviews Gibb, who won with Taylor Crabb, and Trevor Crabb, the AVP's newest and much-needed villain. You can find all coverage of the Hermosa Open at Papercourts.com or these links in particular: Event preview: https://papercourts.com/2017/07/20/avp-hermosa-calling-all-ghosts-of-beach-volleyballs-past/ Qualifier recap: https://papercourts.com/2017/07/21/avp-hermosa-sometimes-you-must-simply-be-the-man-in-the-arena/ Tournament recap: https://papercourts.com/2017/07/24/avp-hermosa-trevor-crabb-and-the-emergence-of-the-villain-beach-volleyball-needed/
Phil Dalhausser, Olympic gold medalist, joins Paper Courts17/06/2017 Duration: 01h02min
He is The Thin Beast, a gold medalist, perhaps the greatest American blocker of all time, if not in the whole world. But if you'd have asked him in college if he would have ever been a beach volleyball player, his answer would have been a resounding no. But when you're nearly 7 feet tall, can set better than anyone on the planet, side out nearly every time and are peerless at the net, well, a career on the beach is a no-brainer. Enjoy my conversation with Dalhausser, and excuse the rough sound quality.
The Paper Courts podcast returns: AVP rookie Ben Vaught08/06/2017 Duration: 01h01min
I made a bet with Ben Vaught, my de facto West Coast little brother, prior to the season. After every podcast I put up, he asked when he could be on it. So I told him, not thinking he would actually accomplish this until perhaps Manhattan, that he could be on the podcast when he qualified. Well, it took him one event to do so. Ben, also known as Uncle Ben or Benny Boo Boo or Crack Shack, rolled through the Huntington Beach qualifier, stunning four-time Olympian Reid Priddy and Canadian Olympian Chaim Schalk in the final round. He cried a little. Hell, I was damn near tears, too. So here is our conversation. We'll cover: - His experience qualifying on the AVP as a 20-year-old. - What it's like being in the players' tent for the first time. - The number of training opportunities it has since opened up. - Ben's progression through the years, and how he got so damn good so fast. - Beating Olympians - Playing Jake Gibb and Taylor Crabb Enjoy, and welcome back to the Paper Courts Podcast!
Sara Hughes, USC National Champion, joins Paper Courts04/03/2017 Duration: 44min
Sara Hughes was eight years old when she knew exactly what she wanted to do: She was going to play beach volleyball. And she was going to do it in the Olympics. Fifteen years later, she's on pace to do just that. A standout at Mater Dei, Hughes was the Orange County Player of the Year and an All-American, which has preceded a brilliant, unprecedented career at USC. As a Trojan, Hughes has won three consecutive pairs national championships. In her junior year, partnered with Kelly Claes, the two went undefeated, dropping just one set the entire season. Though still playing under the amateur status of the NCAA, Hughes has already made an AVP final and taken a set off of Kerri Walsh and April Ross. Listen in as we discuss her life of beaches and volleyballs and uninterrupted dominance.
Mike Dodd, 1996 Olympic silver medalist, joins Paper Courts18/02/2017 Duration: 28min
He was there for beach volleyball's inaugural appearance in the Olympic Games -- and he came away with a silver medal. Mike Dodd, partnered with Mike Whitmarsh, cemented his legacy as one of beach volleyball's greats, though his legacy goes far beyond what he did on the court. He has since coached Jake Gibb and Sean Rosenthal in two more Olympic Games, and Dodd will discuss in depth his Olympic experiences as both a player and a coach.
Mike Dodd, winner of five Manhattan Beach Opens, joins Paper Courts06/02/2017 Duration: 32min
It wouldn't be wrong to put Mike Dodd on the Mount Rushmore of beach volleyball. The man won five Manhattan Beach Opens and secured a silver medal in the 1996 Olympic Games, the first in which beach volleyball was a sport. On Paper Courts, we discuss his first love of basketball, being drafted by the San Diego Clippers, the founding of the AVP Tour and much more. Listen in!
Karch Kiraly, three-time Olympic gold medalist, joins Paper Courts29/01/2017 Duration: 34min
Volleyball's greatest player shows why he's also the sport's greatest ambassador, discussing his position with the United States womens national team, re-emphasizing the importance of humility, and having a laugh about how he was introduced into coaching in the first place. Listen in for part two of Travis Mewhirter's conversation with Kiraly.
Karch Kiraly, the greatest of all time, joins Paper Courts21/01/2017 Duration: 28min
There has never been a point in which Karch Kiraly has not met success. In high school, he won a state championship. At UCLA, where he majored in, of all things, biochemistry, he won three national titles. As a member of the United States indoor national team, he won two gold medals. As a beach virtuoso, he won the inaugural gold medal and was fittingly named the FIVB Player of the Century. Kiraly is, simply, the GOAT. And yet, his prevailing message is an inspiring one: Humility. In spite of his many accomplishments, Kiraly remains grounded in a growth mindset. Listen in to his inspiring message.
Sean Scott, former AVP champion, joins Paper Courts14/01/2017 Duration: 33min
Most first heard Sean Scott's name in 1999, when he earned the AVP Rookie of the Year. Over the next 13 years of his career, he would win 24 tournaments, rising to the top of the AVP ranks with partner John Hyden. On the podcast, Scott will discuss with Travis Mewhirter his upbringings in volleyball-mad Hawaii, grinding it out as a part-time worker to keep the volleyball dream alive, why he and Hyden didn't give the 2012 Olympics a shot, and much more. Listen in!
Todd Rogers, Olympic gold medalist, joins Paper Courts07/01/2017 Duration: 55min
In the echelons of the best defenders in beach volleyball history, Todd Rogers was a transcendent figure in the sport of beach volleyball. The 1997 AVP Rookie of the Year went on to win 54 domestic events and 24 international, including the 2008 Olympic gold medal in Beijing with partner Phil Dalhausser. On the podcast, Rogers will discuss how he almost pursued soccer instead of volleyball, his legendary partnership with Phil Dalhausser, and the role he has taken on since as the head coach of the Cal Poly volleyball team. Thanks for listening and don't forget to drop a review on iTunes!
Theo Brunner, AVP Seattle champion, joins Paper Courts23/12/2016 Duration: 47min
Theo Brunner almost gave up volleyball before he ever really got started playing on the AVP Tour. Now, he's one of the top blockers on the AVP Tour and making a name for himself on the FIVB Tour, with his recent partnership formation with Olympian Casey Patterson. On the podcast, Brunner and Travis Mewhirter will talk about his journey through volleyball: - Being recruited to UC Santa Barbara off of nothing but a basketball highlight tape. - Playing for and with beach volleyball legend Todd Rogers. - The difficulties of making a living in beach volleyball. - His future aspirations for the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games. Listen in, don't forget to leave a review on iTunes, and have a very, very merry Christmas - ya filthy animals.
U.S. Beach Olympic Coach Tyler Hildebrand joins Paper Courts17/12/2016 Duration: 01h05min
Tyler Hildebrand has more accolades to his name than the much of the AVP Tour. No player in Long Beach State history has recorded more assists. He became a three-time All-American and went on to become a four-time gold medalist at the Pan-American Cup. After eight (8!) knee surgeries, he retired as a player and began coaching at his alma-mater and on the beach, where he helped Casey Patterson and Jake Gibb to a win at the Manhattan Beach Open and a berth at the 2016 Olympic Games.
AVP champion Billy Allen joins Paper Courts10/12/2016 Duration: 48min
Billy Allen, a member of the AVP Tour for more than 10 years, joins Travis Mewhirter on Paper Courts. Allen discusses everything from rooming with the guy, Ty Tramblie, who was battling for the setter position at Cal State Northridge; life on the AVP Tour; winning his first AVP event in Seattle this past year; discovering the Frankfurt Airport, and Europe in general; and balancing family duties with a life on the beach.