30 episodes

VolleyTalk is a podcast of the players, by the players, for the players! The mission is to share the amazing stories of beach volleyball players from all walks of life because beach volleyball players are way too underrated. This is a place where players can share and gain insights on how to become a better beach volleyball player mentally, emotionally, spiritually, and physically. So sit back, relax, and enjoy the podcast!

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VolleyTalk is a podcast of the players, by the players, for the players! The mission is to share the amazing stories of beach volleyball players from all walks of life because beach volleyball players are way too underrated. This is a place where players can share and gain insights on how to become a better beach volleyball player mentally, emotionally, spiritually, and physically. So sit back, relax, and enjoy the podcast!

    30- VolleyTalk w/ Kerri Walsh Jennings 🇺🇸

    30- VolleyTalk w/ Kerri Walsh Jennings 🇺🇸

    “The man who loves walking will go further than the man who loves the destination!”

    Today's guest of honor is Kerri Walsh Jennings. Most of us know her as a 5-time Olympian who has won 3 golds and 1 bronze, a 3-time World Championships Gold Medalist, countless world tours and AVP events winner, and is considered to be one of the greatest of all times in beach volleyball.  We usually only hear the successful and happy parts of her journey to the top, but many of us don’t know what it took for her to get there- the discipline, hard work, losses, self-doubt, and heartbreaks that she has had to experience to go down in history as a legend.  In this episode, Kerri talks about:-

    - How she never had the courage or humility to try beach volleyball in her young adult life!

    - How she feels she’s in an “in-between” stage of her life right now

    - Why her toughest challenge is overcoming her own self-doubt, and how she has learned to turn that into her superpower

    - How she feels that beach volleyball athletes need to stand for themselves more and stop settling for less (very interesting insights!)

    - How she trains during different seasons and the various training method she uses to get in shape

    - Why she focuses her nutrition plan around protein and hydration

    - The story behind her organization p1440, and tips for people who want to build a successful organization

    - The difference between being great vs. good

    And as usual, much much more!

    This episode with Kerri is definitely one that I have to come back and listen to again and again and I’m sure every time I will still learn something new. I really hope that you enjoy it and that you’ve learned as much from her as I did!

    Follow Kerri on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/kerrileewalsh/

    Follow The VolleyTalk Podcast: https://www.instagram.com/thevolleytalkpodcast__/

    Check out p1440: https://www.p1440.com/

    Check out XPT water training: https://www.xptlife.com/xpt-swimming-training-program

    • 1 hr 21 min
    29- VolleyTalk w Audrius Knasas 🇱🇹

    29- VolleyTalk w Audrius Knasas 🇱🇹

    “Live your life today as if you would want to live it a 1000 times over!”

    Today's guest is Audrius Knasas- beach volleyball player from Lithuania who is currently playing professional indoor volleyball in Austria! A literal “walking quote book”, Audrius dives deep into his personal headspace and shares many experiences that he has had in life through a philosophical lens. In this episode, Audrius talks about:-

    - How he first started beach volleyball in Lithuania but is currently playing pro indoor volleyball in Austria

    - What being “more than an athlete” means to him

    - How he began the process of “searching” and finding ways to cope mentally with the strenuous schedule

    - Why “alone time” is so necessary for him

    - How playing in Austria has been like for him (this one is really funny!)

    - What being an Olympian means to him

    - How he would still like to be in the sports scene in different ways even after he is retired

    - Why being a “self-learner” is his greatest strength

    - How anxiousness actually affects him in many ways, but how he has learned to have a “friendly relationship” with himself

    - How volleyball has taught him self-love on and off the court

    And as usual, much much more!

    Speaking with Aurdrius has opened my eyes and mind to a lot of things that I never gave much thought about before. I really hope that you enjoy it and that you’ve learned as much from him as I did!

    Follow Audrius on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/audriusknasas/

    Follow The VolleyTalk Podcast: https://www.instagram.com/thevolleytalkpodcast__/

    Check out “When Nietzsche Wept”: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/21031.When_Nietzsche_Wept

    • 58 min
    28- VolleyTalk w/ Daniela Alvarez 🇪🇸

    28- VolleyTalk w/ Daniela Alvarez 🇪🇸

    “Trust the process, trust the timing of life!”

    Today's guest is Daniela Alvarez- a Spaniard who is currently a sophomore at TCU! She recently won silver in the U21 World Championships alongside her partner Sofia Gonzalez. In this episode, Daniela talks about:-

    - How it felt like winning silver in the U21 World Championships

    - How she made the switch from a very high level of tennis to beach volleyball

    - The story of how she ended up studying at TCU

    - Who she would love to play against if she had the chance

    - How her experience in tennis has helped shaped her mentality for beach volleyball

    - How she’s officially starting her partnership with Tania Moreno

    - How she fell in love with actuarial science and is majoring in that now

    And as usual, much much more!

    It was a lot of fun speaking with Daniela. She is really sweet and was happy to share her life story with us. I really hope that you enjoy it and that you’ve learned as much from her as I did!

    Follow Daniela on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/danielaalvarezz_/

    Follow Daniela and Tania’s team: https://www.instagram.com/alvarezmorenobeach/

    Follow The VolleyTalk Podcast: https://www.instagram.com/thevolleytalkpodcast__/

    Watch Daniela and friends play live! https://gofrogs.com/sports/womens-beach-volleyball/schedule

    • 42 min
    27- Lessons I learned from my injury, and how you can apply them too ❤️‍🩹

    27- Lessons I learned from my injury, and how you can apply them too ❤️‍🩹

    Hi everyone! In today's episode, I'm going to share some of the biggest lessons that I learned through injuring my foot last year. Injuries are tough, but they teach us a lot about ourselves. I hope that these lessons can help someone who needs it! Just know that whatever you're going through, you are not alone and we have a beautiful community that can help us all out 🤍 

    • 12 min
    26- VolleyTalk w/ Tina Graudina 🇱🇻

    26- VolleyTalk w/ Tina Graudina 🇱🇻

    “Keep that feeling of truth inside you and do what you feel like you want to do!”

    Today's guest is Tina Graudina- a proud Latvian superstar who just recently won “Athlete of the Year” in her country! She is the first NCAA athlete to qualify for an Olympic tournament and has had many amazing comebacks and wins under her belt. In this episode, Tina talks about:-

    - How she felt when she was receiving the “Athlete of the Year” award in Latvia!

    - Did you know that she did high jump before she switched to beach vb?

    - How she’s starting her master’s program in Political Science now

    - The toughest challenge she has had to face in her career

    - How she and her partner, Anastasija Kravcenoka coordinated their training despite her being in USA and Anastasija in Latvia

    - Her journey to USC!!

    - How she is finally going to be a professional player and her transition towards that

    And as usual, much much more!

    It was such a pleasure to speak with Tina. She is so down-to-earth and humble, and genuinely sharing from the bottom of her heart. I really hope that you enjoy it and that you’ve learned as much from her as I did!

    Follow Tina on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/graudinatina/

    Follow The VolleyTalk Podcast: https://www.instagram.com/thevolleytalkpodcast__/

    • 47 min
    25- The biggest lesson I learned from this podcast!

    25- The biggest lesson I learned from this podcast!

    For this final episode of 2021, I decided to do a short recap to share the biggest lesson I learned from making this podcast, and also my goals for 2022! Thank you so much for all your support, I wish you a very happy new year and best of luck! Can't wait for what's in store next year! 🤩 

    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/thevolleytalkpodcast__/ 

    https://www.instagram.com/tashmae__/ 

    • 9 min

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