A typical day for Donald Sun involves putting pieces in place so professional beach volleyball players can spike and dig and show off their sport on American sand.
But on one afternoon last year, there came a serve from across the globe.
Sun is the managing partner of the Assn. of Volleyball Professionals, and he was up to his neck organizing the 2017 tour when he got a phone call from a Federation Internationale de Volleyball official who broached a collaboration between the opposing tours.
“Are you ready?” Sun was asked.
“Ready for what?” he replied.
From there, the volleyball got rolling on a unique partnership between the AVP and FIVB to stage this week’s...