FIVB World Champions Crowned In Vienna

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With a three-set victory over Americans April Ross and Lauren Fendrick in the women's final of the 2017 FIVB Beach Volleyball World Championship in Vienna, Kira Walkenhorst and Laura Ludwig of Germany completed the triple crown of beach volleyball.

Just over a year ago, Walkenhorst and Ludwig won the gold medal at the Rio Olympics and then took home the Swatch World Tour Finals title in the final big tournament of the 2016 season.

The 19-21, 21-13, 15-9 defeat of Ross and Fendrick at the World Championships gave Walkenhorst and Ludwig their 10th World Tour gold medal.

Despite the loss in the championship match, the silver medal marked the end of a fantastic performance for the American duo as well. It was by far the the best finish and biggest payday ($22,500 each) for Fendrick and Ross since the pair formed their partnership earlier this year.

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The tournament's top seed Talita Antunes and Larissa Franca won the bronze medal at the conclusion of a 21-12, 16-21, 18-16 battle with Canada's Sarah Pavan and Melissa Humana-Paredes.

Summer Ross and Brooke Sweat finished fifth, losing to Ludwig and Walkenhorst in the quarters. Kelly Claes and Sara Hughes were eliminated by the eventual champions from Germany a round earlier to finish ninth. The fourth American team of Nicole Branagh and Emily Day took a 17th.

On the men's side of the World Championships, the local Austrian beach volleyball fans came oh-so-close to cheering their hometown heroes Clemens Doppler and Alexander Horst onto the title. However, it was Brazil's Evandro Goncalves and Andre Loyola who were left standing at the end of the gold-medal match, defeating the Austrians 23-21, 22-20.

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Evandro and Andre were the fourth-seeded team in the tournament, and with the straight set victory over the No. 12-seeded Austrians, they became the seventh men's team from Brazil to win a World Championships title. Twenty-two-year-old Andre will also go down in history as the youngest world champion ever.

Krasilnikov and Liamin won bronze, defeating Maarten Garderen and Christiaan Varenhorst of the Netherlands 21-17, 21-17.

The USA's Phil Dalhausser and Nick Lucena, who were seeded third, finished fifth, losing 21-15, 21-18 to the future bronze medalists in the quarters.

Theo Brunner/Casey Patterson, Taylor Crabb/Jake Gibb, and Ryan Doherty/John Hyden all lost in the first round of the elimination bracket to finish 17th.

Raegan Steiner Is The Perfect Ambassador For Montana Volleyball

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Yes, they play volleyball in Montana.

No, they don’t ride horses to volleyball practice.

In fact, Raegan Steiner would like you to know that high school volleyball is very much alive and kicking in a state better known for rodeo, skiing and — until recently — basketball. Steiner should know: the 6-foot-0 opposite from Billings Senior High is the first Montanan ever selected to the AVCA Under Armor High School All-American team.

Meet The 2017 Under Armour All-Americans: Raegan Steiner

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Becoming the first Under Armour High School All-American from the state of Montana is the perfect way to conclude Raegan Steiner’s prep volleyball career. 

Meet The 2017 Under Armour All-Americans: Emma Schriner

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Tennessee-bound outside hitter Emma Schriner is as physical as they come. Standing 6-foot-3 and touching over 10 feet, Schriner was one of only two starters returning for her Jamestown High School team this fall. 

Last Four Teams Standing Book Their Tickets To Kansas City

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On Saturday night, the eight remaining teams in the 2017 NCAA Division I women’s volleyball tournament faced off to determine which four would advance to the Final Four in Kansas City next week. 

Meet The 2017 Under Armour All-Americans: Adanna Rollins

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Adanna Rollins led Hebron High School to the 6A Texas state championship last year as a junior and was named the MVP of the tournament. This fall, Hebron, missing graduated setter and reigning Texas Gatorade Player of the Year Kylee McLaughlin, wasn’t expected to repeat, but with some inspired play from Rollins, they did just that.

Regional Hosts Survive Sweet 16 Tests

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The regional semifinal rounds of the 2017 NCAA Division I women’s volleyball tournament wrapped up last night, leaving only eight teams remaining in the hunt for the championship. 

Meet The 2017 Under Armour All-Americans: Ella May Powell

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The list of colleges Ella May Powell considered before making her commitment to Washington features some of the most decorated women’s volleyball programs in NCAA history: Stanford, UCLA, Florida, and Nebraska.

This Week's College Commits: 12/8/17

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A Texas high school state champion from the class of 2020 made her verbal commitment to Florida this week, Florida State added a 2021 libero from Walton High School in Georgia, and the beach programs of Missouri State and TCU celebrated the addition of talent to their 2019 teams.

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Meet The 2017 Under Armour All-Americans: Jonni Parker

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Miami East senior Jonni Parker led the 2017 Viking squad with 449 kills and 315 assists, but perhaps the most impressive line item on her stats sheet is the 153 aces; that mark ranks her fifth in state history for aces in a single season, according to the Ohio High School Athletic Association website.

Meet The 2017 Under Armour All-Americans: Ade’ Owokoniran

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To get an idea of what Ade’ Owokoniran’s contributions at the collegiate level might be like when she makes her debut at Duke next fall, think of Danielle Cuttino of Purdue. Like Cuttino, Owokoniran is a middle blocker with the skill and athleticism to play on the outside, while putting on a display of explosive power when in the middle.