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Triple Crown Beach Volleyball players expanding reach
by Marcel Pourtout
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July 24, 2013 12:23 PM | 2097 views | 0 0 comments | 16 16 recommendations | email to a friend | print
One of the fastest growing sports in women’s athletics has been beach volleyball, which has seen a strong increase of participants though all age groups, particularly at the prep level with Triple Crown Beach Volleyball (TCBV) leading the way in North Georgia.

The organization was originally started in 1994 as Triple Crown Sports and held grass volleyball tournaments in Georgia with the majority of events at Emory University.

Triple Crown eventually included junior indoor volleyball teams until a change in direction took place.

“Around two years ago, one of the players I was coaching indoors wanted to try the beach,” said TCBV founder and director Shaun Catlin.

“We started with four beach volleyball players and grew to 52 in a short amount of time. That’s when we made the decision to go full-time with a beach program in July 2012.”

Currently, TCBV has around 140 players in the program, including Roswell High School rising senior Emily Shults, who has committed to play college ball at California-Berkeley.

Other North Fulton residents include Fellowship Christian junior AJ Bauman, Johns Creek junior Caroline Hewhoff and incoming freshman for Blessed Trinity, Morgan Kuchar and Hanley Lomax.

TCBV’s offices are in Kennesaw but often hold practices in Johns Creek and Dawn White Park in Roswell. Catlin is assisted by his wife Lauren and has numerous coaches on his staff for various aspects of volleyball including speed and agility, strength and conditioning along with health and wellness.

“There are differences between beach and indoor volleyball such as the amount of players, the size of the court and dealing with the elements like rain, sand and wind in the beach game as opposed to the controlled atmosphere of indoors,” said Catlin. “Outdoor players can bring perspective to the indoor game because surviving the elements increases anticipation which makes some feel like indoors is slower.”

The current push within the beach volleyball community is to have 40 colleges with teams so that it may become an official NCAA sport and have a national championship tournament take place. “The biggest endeavor for beach volleyball is to increase competition but many players like the recreational aspect of the game as well,” said Catlin who believes that there are approximately 32 colleges currently with beach volleyball program. “The general goal for everybody is to grow the game and promote the sport.”
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