Volleyball Olympian Kerri Walsh Jennings Boycotting Chicago Beach Volleyball Event

Kerri Walsh Jennings

Four-time Olympic medalist Kerri Walsh Jennings says she’s boycotting an event on the AVP national beach volleyball tour because of two rule experiments that weren’t “really discussed with players ahead.”


Walsh Jennings said in a 950-word Facebook post on Wednesday that she and her husband, Casey Jennings, are skipping the event in Chicago this weekend.


One rule to be examined would give a server another serve attempt if their first one falls and hits on the net inbounds, much like on a serve in tennis. Under the present rule, the ball is in play.


“This has never occurred since I began playing this game 15 years ago (for good reason), and it’s crazy to me that the AVP would choose their “Championships” to test out some new rules,” Walsh Jennings wrote.


The other rule would prevent a team from winning the match unless it’s serving.


Commissioner Donald Sun and an AVP owner did not immediately respond to an e-mail seeking comment.


Walsh Jennings said on Facebook the reason for the rule changes is that ownership desires to make the game “more compelling.”


“I believe 2 weeks ago that the love our sport and the popularity garnered at the Olympics, reveals our sport is highly persuasive,” she said. “ But it’s not about the rule changes themselves, it’s about the lack of athlete input and a suitable process.”

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