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Beach volleyball: New partnerships featured in Long Beach this weekend

Beach volleyball: New partnerships featured in Long Beach this weekend

The drama will unfold on the sand, not in their hearts. Former partners Kerri Walsh Jennings and April Ross could face each other this week for the first time in nearly four years, but breakups in beach volleyball can be as commonplace as bad first dates on Tinder.

Just scan the list of participants at the reconfigured World Series of Beach Volleyball, which will debut a United States-vs.-the-world format Thursday in Long Beach. In addition to Walsh Jennings and Ross, fellow Olympians Casey Patterson, Jake Gibb, Brooke Sweat and Lauren Fendrick will all compete with new partners.

Hard feelings? They’ve scattered like sand through the toes.

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