• Girls’ volleyball: Top talent is choosing beach over indoor
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    Girls’ volleyball: Top talent is choosing beach over indoor

    It’s soft, soothing sand versus stiff, unforgiving hardwood. It’s warm sunlight versus harsh LED lights. It’s the tide’s salty air versus the stink of sweat in dingy gyms. For Cypress High’s Zoey Henson, the girls’ indoor Empire League MVP last season, life in club volleyball was a constant cycle of rehab. Her shoulder was messed up. Her back was in constant pain. She almost tore her meniscus in a tournament. So despite only playing beach volleyball for three years, with indoor Division I offers ahead, she dropped club and switched to the sand. It’s easier on the joints. You can finish a hard-fought match and splash into the ocean afterward.…

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  • ‘We have the talent:’ Five days in the air, on the road with the Florida Gators on the recruiting trail
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    ‘We have the talent:’ Five days in the air, on the road with the Florida Gators on the recruiting trail

    CHICAGO — Summer basketball recruiting is an ethos built on, among many other things: being a walking/talking logo; showering with your wristband(s) on; inevitable wasted time; unavoidable wasted money; paying hundreds of dollars just to look at a roster; bad eating habits; worse sleep cycles; a continuously sore ass; and most treasured of all, story-swapping with coaching brethren all morning, all afternoon and all night long. Along the way, maybe you find a player or two who changes the course of your career. Even better: Maybe you get to do the same for them. The final run of the summer live period has arrived. This Wednesday-to-Sunday sprint prompts thousands of…

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