Rider Sandals Big Shot Volleyball Comes to Florida
The Rider Sandals Big Shot Volleyball Series, presented by 4C Totally Light 2Go Energy Drinks, will start the 2010 season at sites throughout Florida during March and April. Teams from throughout the East Coast will compete as they warm up for the 2011 Pro Beach Volleyball Tour.
Top male and female doubles teams will compete for over $75,000 cash prizes during the 2011 season including $12,000 at the Spring Florida events. Tournament play will start at 9 am with women’s finals scheduled for 6 pm Saturday and men’s finals 12 noon Sunday. Admission is free for all spectators.
Spring Tour Schedule
3/5-6 Aspire Volleyball Center, Winter Haven
3/19-20 Siesta Key
3/26-27 St Augustine
The Big Shot Volleyball Series holds 35 events leading to the August $8,000 Big Shot Championships in Atlantic City, NJ and the $5,000 Rox Volleyball National Championships October in Clearwater Beach.
Top players in the Rider Sandals Big Shot Series include Miami Beach star Adrian Carambula, who is the defending 2011 Men’s Open Grand Prix winner after accumulating more Tour Points than any other male player in the Open Division. Other top male players include Orlando star Bill Chenoweth, and Florida stars Mike DiPierro and Steve Grotowski (who has an inside line on representing Great Britain at the 2012 Olympics in London). Many of the tour players have Pro Beach Volleyball Tour experience with Mike DiPierro/Steve Grotowski posting the highest finish last season with two 7th place finishes. The defending Olympic Gold Medalist Phil Dalhausser played on the Big Shot Tour before advancing to the Pro Tour and the Olympics.
Top women’s players include Clearwater Pro Player Tara Kuk, New Port Richey resident Shayna Munson, Sarasota stars Megan Wallin and Chara Harris, Estero’s Brooke Sweat and Venice’s Kristen Batt.
Separate divisions will be held for players of intermediate and novice levels on Saturday and Sunday. The $60 entry fee entitles players to a full day of tournament play, an official Rider Sandals Big Shot Volleyball t-shirt, and a chance to win merchandise prizes from tournament sponsors Rider Sandals, Rox Volleyball, 1st Place Volleyball, SOB Volleyball Vacations, Sixpak Volleygear, Vincere Sports, Dig Magazine, Sweet Tomatoes, Bally’s Casino and Park and Sun Sports. The public can met the players every Saturday evening at the official Player’s Party.
A new event has been added to the tournaments for 2011, the Rox Volleyball Junior Series. Every Sunday at the Florida tournaments there will be divisions for junior players in the following boys and girls divisions:
18 and under
16 and under
14 and under
12 and under.
Complete info about the Junior Divisions is online at www.eevb.net/junior_tournaments.html sponsored by Rox Volleyball and 1st Place Volleyball.
For further information and applications contact East End Volleyball at 631-728-0397 or www.eevb.net
About East End Volleyball
East End Volleyball has been organizing beach volleyball tournaments for 34 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 Hollywood, Florida. Sanctioned by the Volley America, EEVB runs over 35 events for 4,000 plus players. The highest level in the tournaments, the Open Division, is equivalent to AAA Baseball and funnels players into the Pro Beach Volleyball Tour.
About Volley America
Volley America is an organization for beach volleyball promoters whose goal is to promote beach volleyball throughout the US. By cooperating and charging a national membership fee, players are able to compete in numerous tournaments, earn national ranking points and qualify for end of the season cash prizes in the $25,000 Volley America grand Prix.