How to plan out your lazy summer week ahead:
THIS WEEK’S BEST BET:
WORLD SERIES OF BEACH VOLLEYBALL, Long Beach, Monday-Sunday:
Sharknado warnings aside, this week-long festival near Marina Green Park off Shoreline Drive has “all things beach,” as the organizers call it. That’s the actual volleyball matches mixed in with music, sun screen and likely some adult beverages.“It will be the most extraordinary beach volleyball event in the history of the planet,” said creator Leonard Armato, the former AVP commissioner and CEO. “It will ignite the entire volleyball community. Nothing like this has ever been done. It combines beach volleyball and beach lifestyles.”
Sanctioned by FIVB, the sport’s international governing body, it includes AAU youth tournament, a NCSVA college event, amateur co-ed four-person and six-man competitions, and concludes with a women’s semifinal and final on Saturday, a men’s semi and final on Sunday (Channel 4, 1:30 p.m.).
Kerri Walsh Jennings decided not to play in the FIVB Grand Slam event because of an abdominal strain, but instead will play in the World Series Cup tournament that starts Saturday. FIVB participants include Whitney Pavlik, Annett Davis, April Ross, Jen Kessy, Todd Rogers, Phil Dalhausser and Sean Rosenthal among 128 pros attending from 16 countries. NBC Sports Network and Universal Sports also has coverage.
More info: www.wsobbv.com