2 Man Beach Tourney set for Sunday

(Press Release) — The Saipan Volley Club is assisting the Northern Mariana Islands Volleyball Association in conducting a tournament this Sunday at the Hyatt Beach as part of a series of qualifying events in order to select athletes for Men’s Beach Volleyball Competition.

NMIVA is aiming to send a men’s team to Samoa to participate in the 2019 Pacific Games. Beach volleyball Head Coach Russ Quinn encourages all two-person teams to come out and play even those who are not interested in competing in the Pacific Games. There will be two qualifiers, the first is this Sunday April 28 and the second will be May 12.

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Steven Goodwin bends down for the bump return during a previous beach volleyball tournament held at Hyatt Regency Saipan.  Photo by James F. Sablan Jr.

“The tournament will run from 9:00 a.m. to about 3:00 p.m., and we need teams and good competition so grab a partner and join in the fun,” says Quinn.

Registration will be at 8:30 a.m. at Hyatt Beach Courts and the games will start at 9:00 a.m. The tournaments will start with pool play and then finish with double elimination depending on how many teams join.

Minimum age to participate is 16 and cost is $20 per player.

Weekly practice sessions are being held on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 4:00 p.m. and Saturday mornings at 8:00 a.m. weekly.

Those who wish to be considered for the qualifying process must meet the eligibility requirements for the Pacific Games. Must be a member of NMIVA (Membership is $20 per year per person), attend “Q & A Sessions” as announced, fill out and bring the Athlete Survey Form to your first “Q & A Session,” play in a minimum number of Qualifiers and attend scheduled trainings or otherwise show proof of set training schedule requirements. Interested players who are presently off at school or otherwise traveling must send a message (nmivolleyball@gmail.com) with your information Players will be scored individually and as teams. Scoring criteria is in the Athlete Selection Criteria and is based on athlete participation.

For more information email nmivolleyball@gmail.com.