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Because of the many
difficulties of playing outdoors, such as the sand, the sun
and the wind, Beach Volleyball players must have outstanding
ball skills and court speed. Partners must be well matched
or opponents will win easy points by exploiting the weaker
Volleyball has now reached
great heights of popularity in the United States and Brazil,
largely thanks to the discipline of Beach Volleyball.
The Beach Volleyball
phenomenon, although hugely visible, is still just in its
infancy. From the first FIVB World Tour event just over ten
years ago, to the overwhelming spectator and television
success of 'Beach' at the Atlanta 1996, Sydney 2000 and
Athens 2004 Olympic Games, Beach Volleyball has opened up
Volleyball to a completely new market.
In beach volleyball, matches
are played best of three sets using the rally point system.
The first two sets are played to 21 points, with the final
tie-breaker set being played to 15 points. A team must win a
set by two points. There is no ceiling, so a set continues
until one of the teams gains a two-point advantage.
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