En numer välkänd professionell beachspelare tog sina allra första professionella svingar i Falkenbergs Volleybollklubb, Veckans Veteran är nämligen ingen mindre än Casey Patterson. Den fantastiska beachkarriären till trots kommer Casey alltid att vara mest känd för att, tillsammans med Martin Cronholm, blockat in matchbollen som gav FVBK första SM-guldet – i alla fall här i Falkenberg!
1. How come you started to play volleyball and how old were you?
I started playing at age 16 because my mom made me try out for the Volleyball team. I was 100% a basketball player and didn’t want to tryout for. Volleyball since I thought it was a girls sport. I am so happy she mad me tryout because I have loved it ever since.
2. How did you end up in FVBK?
After college I got married and got an office job. I decided that an office job would never work for me so I thought I would try to continue playing. I had an agent from Bring It USA that connected my wife and I with teams in Sweden. I luckily got Falkenberg.
3. For how long did you play for FVBK?
I played for one season. I was on the first team to win Gold. It was an amazing experience.
4. Why did you leave FVBK?
I left to play beach volleyball for USA.
5. Where did you go after you left FVBK?
I moved to Huntington Beach california. I played on the professional beach tour in the summer and pro indoor in Puerto Rico where I also won a championship and MVP.
6. Where do you live today? Do you still play volleyball?
I still live in Huntington Beach California and I still play part time with the USA indoor team and beach full time. I actually just beat the Gold Medalist Dalhuaser/Rogers in the first pro tournament of 2012.
7. Has playing elite sport helped you in any way regarding your life? If yes, how?
It has helped me 100%. Winning a SM Gold with Falkenberg was the beginning of a amazing career in volleyball.
8. What is your strongest memory from your time in FVBK?
The final block with BIG for the SM Gold!!!!
What is your best memory?
My best memory was the entire experience. So many amazing friends and great people. The fans were also amazing.
What is your worst memory?
Riding my bike home in 3 feet of snow after a match in Falkenberg. They did not plow the snow off the road yet and I had to carry my bike home. I also forgot extra socks for after the match so my feet were completely wet.
What is your craziest memory?
Either 1. Patrick Apricio hitting the hardest ball ever off a guys face then straight to the ceiling while blocking (The “Booyah Dance” was born at that moment. )
Or 2. Jimmie Ivarson while blocking a ball that went through his hands and down his back, while landing he accidentally kicked the ball right back over the net. Amazing!!!
9. Can you tell us a story about your time in FVBK that was a secret back then?
Patrick Apricio was the founder and president of ” Pimpers Paradise”!!
10. Do you miss anything from your time in FVBK?
I miss the team, coach and fans. Also the lifestyle. I felt so safe and at peace in Falkenberg.