Time to wear your religion on you sleeve:
Q: From an outdoor spectator perspective which version of beach
volleyball is more interesting/exciting to watch...2-person (AVP
WPVA) or 4-person?
I bring up this question in the wake of the Prime Ticket broadcast of the
AVP's Atlanta stop last weekend. For those that didn't get a chance to catch
it, it was Karch/Kent against Mike/Mike (K/K took it 15:9).
The notable thing about this match was decidedly not the outcome, but the
fact that the match was enormously uneventful to watch for several reasons:
- there was no defensive intensity or interest in exciting rallies
exhibited by either team
- the bleachers were less than 1/2 full (a sorry showing for our
- the crowd was dead (you could have heard a pin drop during 98% of
Now don't get me wrong, I love the team of Dodd/Whitmarsh and have a ton
of respect for Karch (greatest player ever, works on a totally different
level), but there was little defense from either team and a large number
of over-on-two's from K/K. While that is certainly the way to methodically
gather 15 points, I find it terribly uninteresting to watch and don't fault
the crowd for not getting into it.
Is this good for volleyball?
Personally, while I've been going to most AVP stops within 100 miles of
my house for 4 years now, I really enjoyed watching the 4-man stop last year
and find the 4-man beach game more appealing, since it carries with it
more of the complexity, action and rally duration of the indoor game.
ps: If you're wondering what I think of Steffes, suffice it to say that
I don't think he's half the player Karch is, and he's less than a
quarter the player _he_ thinks he is.
[indoor, grass, beach] X [outside, middle, setter] X [6, 4, 2]
play the permutations to become the total player...