Beach tourney set for this weekend
Eight male teams have confirmed their participation in the annual beach volleyball tournament, set to spike off this weekend, at Junkanoo Beach (Long Wharf). The tournament, that is being hosted by the Defenders Volleyball Club, will also have open female and junior male and female divisions.
Tournament organizer DeVince Smith hopes that everyone is ready to “spike-on” and that they all took full advantage of the two-week postponement. He said he is expecting an intense battle for the ‘King and Queen of the Sands’ crowns.
Smith said: ”Players had an extra two weeks to prepare, so I strongly believe that the competition level will be high. We expect some of the top players from around the country to participate. Like I said earlier, this tournament will allow the indoor players to explore the other aspect of volleyball, which is beach volleyball. It will be unfamiliar territory for some because most of the players are used to having six players, whereas beach play requires only two in some instances and more communication and fundamentals. It will test the players fitness levels and individual skills.”
This year’s tournament is scheduled to start at 9:00 a.m. The format will be based on the registered teams. So far, the eight male teams were placed into two pools; the junior men’s division will also be in pool play. The open women will play a round-robin format with the top four teams advancing to the playoffs. This will be the set up for the junior women as well, but they will be the only division to play three-a-side. All other divisions will play two-a-side.
Cash prizes and trophies will be awarded to the winners in the open divisions. Winners in the junior divisions will receive trophies. Burns House is sponsoring the tournament.
Smith and the Defenders Volleyball Club are expected to organize more tournaments of this nature in the future. He encourages current and past players to further explore the beach aspect of the game, as it is the Bahamas Volleyball Federation’s(BVF)intention to select beach volleyball players to compete on the regional level in hopes of qualifying for international competitions.
In December last year, Team Bahamas qualified for the second round of play in the International Volleyball Federation’s (FIVB) Olympic Beach Volleyball Qualifiers. The team was inclusive of Renaldo Knowles, Muller Petit, Prince Wilson and Byron Ferguson. A time and date for the second round will be announced at a later date.
For further information on the local beach volleyball tournament, interested persons are asked to contact Smith at firstname.lastname@example.org.