In collaboration with the Cayman Islands Volleyball Federation visiting Brazilian Coach, Pitter Rosa, hosted a King and Queen of the Court tournament on Sunday, August 4th. The format for this tournament required each player to play with a different partner for a single set to 15 points. Points were then awarded to the individual players on the victorious teams, which were then calculated at the end of the tournament to identify the King and Queen of the court. For the men, Olney Thompson was crowned the King of the Court and for the women JoAnna Poyssick took home the title of the Queen of the Court. The runners up for the men consisted of Nathan Dack, Casey Santamaria, and Daniel Pattico, and Maryn McCoombs, Alicia Proud, and Krystal Ferrari on behalf of the women.
Technical Director, Javid Ali, was quite impressed with the turn out as he noted: “The interest in doubles is definitely increasing, and this was evident with the 15 men and 9 women who competed in the tournament this past weekend. It’s great to see that more and more people are trying their hand at doubles, as we have players transitioning from the indoor leagues and from our fours Corona Beach league.” Having transitioned from indoor volleyball to beach himself National Senior Men’s player, Olney Thompson, discussed the increased intensity associated with the sport: “When you play beach volleyball all the weight is on your shoulders, as you no longer have 5 teammates helping you bear the load and responsibility. Although both games work on the same skills (i.e. passing, setting, blocking, spiking) beach is a much more skillful game that always keeps you thinking.”
The event was well received by all the participants as the First place winner JoAnna Poyssick explained: “CIVF and Coach Pitter did a great job at organizing the King and Queen tournament. It is a great way for all players to test their skills in the game of beach volleyball and have fun. All the athletes played well and brought good competition to the tournament. I hope they run more tournaments like this to continue to grow the game here in Cayman.” JoAnna can rest assured knowing that CIVF fully intends on continuing these worthwhile events going forward. The coaches and players alike recognize the benefit of these tournaments as the format allows for players of all ages and abilities to learn by playing with various partners throughout the competition. Be sure to stay tuned to CIVF’s Facebook page for the latest updates and events.