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'Granddaddy of Beach Volleyball' hits the sand this week in Manhattan Beach

'Granddaddy of Beach Volleyball' hits the sand this week in Manhattan Beach

For basketball, New York City is unquestioned as the mecca of the game.

For beach volleyball? It’s Manhattan Beach.

The 58th annual Manhattan Beach Open, the longest continually running tournament in beach volleyball, begins Thursday, bringing 64 of the most talented teams in the sport to the local sand for what is known as the “Granddaddy” of the sport.

Taylor Crabb and Jake Gibb, who lead the AVP standings and won last month’s Hermosa Beach Open, will be among the competitors on the men’s side, along with three-time AVP MVP Phil Dalhausser and partner Nick Lucena, and fellow Americans Casey Patterson and Theo Brunner.

The women’s competition will feature...

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