Beach volleyball gives Leah Allinger path to Olympics (Vancouver Sun)

VANCOUVER - Serendipity is one of those words that slides off the tongue. It somehow makes you smile.

Canadian pro beach volleyball player Leah Allinger, who is competing with playing partner Dana Cook in this weekend’s Vancouver Open at Kits Beach, is using the word a lot these days — and she has good reason.

First, the 31-year-old athlete, who divides her time between Vancouver and the Los Angeles area, seems to have stumbled into her sport almost by accident in Mexico, only to find that she excels in it.