July 3, 1992 |
Cocky or just confident? Kent Steffes faces that question every day. "If someone comes up to you and asks, 'How good are you?' and you say 'I'm the best in the world,' they say you're cocky," Steffes said. "But if you say, 'Oh, I'm all right,' then they say you're stuck up. "You can't win." Arguments, no. Volleyball games, yes. Steffes, 24, is the top-ranked player on the Assn. of Volleyball Professionals-Miller Lite tour.
August 11, 2000 |
The expected loss of Karch Kiraly could be a gain for two beach volleyball locals. Kiraly, who dislocated his right shoulder Wednesday and probably won't be ready to play next month in the Olympics, could be replaced by Eric Fonoimoana or Dain Blanton. If Kiraly and partner Adam Johnson maintain their lead over Blanton and Fonoimoana in the qualifying standings, Johnson will have to choose a new partner.
August 10, 2000 |
Karch Kiraly, the only three-time gold-medal winner in volleyball history, dislocated his right shoulder Wednesday in an international beach volleyball tournament and probably will not play in the Olympics. Kiraly injured his shoulder while spiking a ball in an early-round match in an Olympic qualifying tournament at Ostende, Belgium.
June 15, 1997 |
The comeback road for Karch Kiraly and partner Adam Johnson was a long and grueling one Saturday in the $300,000 Hermosa Beach Grand Slam volleyball event. Kiraly and Johnson, seeded second, remained alive with four impressive victories in the losers' bracket after being upset Friday. Kiraly and Johnson, in only their fourth tournament together this season, started the day with a 15-13 victory over No. 16 Ricci Luyties and Jim Nichols. Then they went on to defeat No.
August 29, 1994 |
The $250,000 Miller Lite Championships in Hermosa Beach were marred by a freak accident shortly after the final between the top-seeded team of Karch Kiraly and Kent Steffes and fourth-seeded Eduardo Bacil and Jose Loiola. After winning the match, 11-7, Kiraly and Steffes took the stage to deliver speeches and receive trophies. As Kiraly stepped back to switch places with his partner and take the microphone, he fell through about a two-foot gap in the stage's rear.
May 30, 2004 |
The scene was strange and maybe even a little awkward Saturday during a men's third-round match in the AVP Nissan Series Huntington Beach Open. On one side of the net near the Huntington Beach Pier stood Karch Kiraly, one half of the tournament's defending champion team. On the other side was Brent Doble, the other half. Kiraly and Doble parted ways during the off-season after a successful, albeit sometimes rocky two-year partnership in beach volleyball.
July 2, 1989 |
The final point went down Saturday night, and suddenly Karch Kiraly and Steve Timmons were former members of the U.S. national volleyball team, on their way to becoming full-time members of the beach volleyball tour.
August 11, 2006 |
Karch Kiraly, the all-time leader in pro beach volleyball victories with 148, returns today for the Manhattan Beach Open after missing the last four events because of a knee injury. He said he is leaning toward playing another season on the AVP Pro Beach Volleyball Tour. Kiraly, 45, had arthroscopic surgery to repair ligament damage in his right knee after the Sacramento Open in June.
August 18, 2003 |
The wheel of parity kept spinning Sunday, and it finally landed on a familiar name. In one of the most unpredictable seasons in AVP Tour history, Karch Kiraly, who will be 43 in November, became the oldest player to win an AVP Tour tournament. Kiraly and partner Brent Doble are the seventh team to win in seven AVP tournaments this season. They beat Sean Scott and Todd Rogers, 21-16, 21-16, at the Nissan Series Huntington Beach Open.
August 9, 2003 |
Karch Kiraly, beach volleyball's career leader with 143 tournament titles and the sport's most recognizable name, will play another season, he said Friday. Kiraly, who turns 43 in November, is the only three-time gold-medal winner in Olympic volleyball history. He has been playing professionally since 1978. Kiraly and partner Brent Doble have had some hard-luck losses this season on the AVP Pro Beach Volleyball Tour Nissan Series, but Kiraly has remained one of the tour's top players.