Top players from throughout East Coast will be playing in Siesta Key starting at 9 am Saturday morning including Clearwater Beach star Justin Phipps, Tampas Matt Henderson, and Pompano Beach brothers Steve and Mark Van Zwieten. Mark Van Zwieten was the youngest player to earn a pay check on the AVP Pro Beach Volleyball Tour in 2008.
Top female players will include local stars Chara Harris and Megan Wallin who have fared well on the national Pro beach Volleyball Tours all summer and Kristen Batt and Raquel Ferreira who made it to their first Pro beach Volleyball Finals in Belmar, NJ on the Jose Cuervo Pro beach Volleyball Tour. Many top US players will be registering as the event date draws near.
The tournaments are sanctioned by Volley America, the largest grass roots program in the US. Volley America offers tournaments, clinics and leagues creating opportunities for players of all levels to improve their game. Players who really excel can qualify for the Pro Tour through EEVBs top events.
Players of all skill levels will be eligible for play in the tournament sponsored by Rider Sandals. There will be divisions for intermediate and novice level events with players competing for merchandise prizes from Spalding, Rider Sandals, SOB Vacations, Rox Volleyball, Ballys ***, Zem Booties, 1st Place Volleyball, SOB Volleyball Vacations, Sweet Tomatoes, Park & Sun net systems, Dig Magazine, Sportime, Sixpak.com Volleygear, Horry County, Spike Key
Tournament play will start at 9 am on Saturday and 10 am on Sunday. Player check in is one hour prior to start time. Men's and Women's Open, AA, A, and B Divisions will play on Saturday. Coed Open, AA, A, and B teams will play on Sunday. Admission is free for all spectators who are encouraged to come early for a front row seat. A players party open to the public, will be held Saturday evening at The Boatyard Grill at the south bridge onto Siesta Key. For further information and applications contact East End Volleyball at 631-728-0397 or www.eevb.net.
Schedule: October 20-21: Siesta Key
October 27-28: Volley America Nationals in Clearwater Beach
8 am to 6 pm Saturday for Men's & Women's Open, AA, A, & B Divisions
9 am to 6 pm Sunday for Coed Open, AA, A, & B, & Men's AA Divisions
Playoffs 4-6 pm each day
Cost: Free for spectators, $60/team except Open Divisions which are $100/team
Cash Prizes: $75,000 during the entire 2012 season
Additional prizes Spalding, Rider Sandals, Sarasota Convention & Visitors Bureau, SOB Vacations, Rox Volleyball, Ballys ***, Zem Booties, 1st Place Volleyball, SOB Volleyball Vacations, Sweet Tomatoes, Park & Sun net systems, Dig Magazine, Sportime, Sixpak.com Volleygear, Horry County, and Spike Key
Photos: Additional information and photos are available upon request.
Web Site: For further info go to www.eevb.net/Siesta.htm