On most FIVB World Tour events across the globe, the depth of the sand is almost never an issue.
At the World Series of Beach Volleyball, however, it’s a strategy-defining factor.
In the first men’s semifinal match on the final day of the WSOBV in Long Beach, Canadians Sam Pedlow and Sam Schachter used the shallower-than-normal sand to their advantage in their come-from-behind three-sets (16-21, 21-15, 15-11) victory over Piotr Kantor and Bartosz Losiak of Poland.
After dropping the first set to the Polish duo, who are well known on tour for their misdirectional style of play, Pedlow and Schachter knew that something had to change. They decided that Pedlow would be...