Top players competing include Florida players Adrian Carambula, the best player on the East Coast, and Matt Henderson, the top Tampa area player. Also playing will be Justin Phipps from Dunedin who has been playing all season on the Pro Beach Volleyball Tour.
Top female players will include local star Tara Kuk, and Sarasota Florida stars Chara Harris, and Megan Wallin. Kristen Batt and Raquel Ferreira, who made it to their first Jose Cuervo Pro Beach Volleyball Tour final in Belmar, NJ in June are also expected to play.
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 EEVB’s 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 4C Totally light 2Go, Spalding, Rider Sandals, SOB Vacations, Rox Volleyball, Bally’s Casino, 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, 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 player’s party open to the public, will be held Saturday evening at the Shephard’s in Clearwater. For further information and applications contact East End Volleyball at 631-728-0397 or www.eevb.net.
Event: Volley America National Championships in Clearwater Beach
Schedule: October 27-28: Volley America Nationals in Clearwater Beach
Finals scheduled for 6 pm Saturday, 10/10
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, A, & B Divisions
Playoffs 4-6 pm each day
$5,000 in Clearwater Beach
$2,500 Men’s Open
$2,500 Women’s Open
Additional prizes from 4C Totally light 2Go, Spalding, Rider Sandals, SOB Vacations, Rox Volleyball, Bally’s Casino, Zem Booties, 1st Place Volleyball, SOB Volleyball Vacations, Sweet Tomatoes, Park & Sun net systems, Dig Magazine, Sportime, Sixpak.com Volleygear, Horry County, Spike Key will be awarded in the A and B Divisions.
Additional information and photos are available on the EEVB Internet Web Page
About East End Volleyball
East End Volleyball has been organizing beach volleyball tournaments for 35 years since 1977. Based in the East End of Long Island, EEVB has grown into the largest beach volleyball series in the East End of the country with tournaments from Newport, RI to the Florida Keys. Sanctioned by Volley America, EEVB runs over 35 events for over 5,000 players.
About Volley America
Volley America is the largest grass roots organization in the US for beach volleyball players. With over 11,000 dues paying members from 25 states, Volley America runs a national ranking system used to seed all tournaments. It also offers a $25,000 Grand Prix that awards prize money to players in 8 separate divisions at the end of the season based on their results during the season. Twenty different organizations have joined Volley America in its first year. More organizations are expected to join as the season progresses.