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Beach volleyball players use balancing act for domestic and foreign tournaments

Beach volleyball players use balancing act for domestic and foreign tournaments

The moment Kerri Walsh Jennings stepped off the court, people crowded around.

The three-time Olympic gold medalist and her teammate, April Ross, had just won their quarterfinal match at the AVP Huntington Beach Open, and now beach volleyball fans wanted to get her autograph.

"I love the AVP with all my heart," she said. "Having a strong domestic tour where we can make a living and people are coming out — I want to be a big part of that."

Playing within the continental U.S. is a lot easier than flying to international tournaments in China, Russia and Qatar. The food is familiar and the crowds are friendly.

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