CLEARWATER – The Spalding Volley America Nationals are returning to Clearwater Beach on Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 26 and 27, co-sponsored by Rider Sandals. The tournament will be the largest amateur tournament ever held on Clearwater Beach and may be outgrowing this site for future years.
The tournament will be the national championship tournament for Volley America, the largest grassroots program in the country. It will attract players from throughout the United States as well as teams from Canada and Sweden. They will all come to the Clearwater beaches across from the Magnusun Hotel near Pier 60. The tournaments will be the final tournament in a series promoted by East End Volleyball throughout the east coast.
Tournament play will begin at 9 a.m. on Oct. 26 and 10 a.m. on Oct. 27. 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 players’ party is open to the public and is set for Saturday evening at Shephard’s.
Top male players competing include Florida players, Adrian Carambula, the best player on the East Coast, according to an East End press release; and Matt Henderson, the top Tampa Bay area player. Also playing will be Volley America Midwestern Champions, Bryan McDermand and Joe Baker from Chicago; Southeast Champions, Jake Elliott and Hudson Bates; New York City Metro Champions, Ihor Akinshyn and Adam Niemcynowicz; and New England Champions, Kyle O’Neil and Matty Ferreira.
Top female players will include local star NYC Metro Champions, Svetlana Simic and Roberta Holehouse; Southeast Champions Caley Redden and Branagan Fuller; and Midwest Champions, Jitka Stehnova and Erin Personen.
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, Reflekt Polarized Sunglasses, SOB Vacations, Rox Volleyball, Bally’s Casino, ZEMgear, Sprout Watches, 1st Place Volleyball, Park & Sun net systems, Dig Magazine, Sportime, Horry County, and Spike Key.
The schedule is as follows:
Saturday, Oct. 26
• 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. – Men’s and Women’s Open, AA, A and B Divisions • 4 to 6 p.m. – playoffs
Sunday, Oct. 27
• 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Coed Open, A and B Divisions • 4 to 6 p.m. – playoffs
Cost for teams is $60 per team.
Call East End Volleyball at 631-728-9397 or visit www.eevb.net.