A men's beach volleyball player sacrifices his body in a dive, positioning himself nearly horizontal to the sand.
A final note concerning the capture of fast-paced sports is to use the tracking (or continuous) focus feature on your camera. All dSLRs have this feature which allows the camera to continually adjust and maintain focus on the subject when the shutter button is continuously pressed halfway. In addition to activating this feature, make sure all your focus points are active instead of choosing a single spot focus. Activating all your focus points allows you to track the motion over a greater area of your frame instead of, say, only the single middle focus point/spot.
A men's beach volleyball player dives to save a teammate's errant pass.
This guy sure loved to throw himself around the sand! Great for dramatic effect but not so much for keeping the ball in play.