CINCINNATI, Ohio (July 13, 2014) – Americans Brooke Niles and Jessica Stubinski upset defending women’s champions Priscilla Piantadosi-Lima (BRA) and Karolina Sowala (POL) to claim victory at the National Volleyball League’s 2014 Midwest Championships in Cincinnati July 10-12 at The Beach Waterpark. Niles and Stubinski, the tournament’s three seed, won the final match 17-21, 21-19, 17-15.
In men’s action, the ninth seeded pair of Matt Henderson (USA) & Piotr Marciniak (POL) claimed the men’s title, defeating second seeded Drew Mallin and Dave Palm 21-15, 21-15.
The Midwest Championships included top pro beach volleyball players from around the world competing for a $50,000 prize purse. The tournament concluded with the NVL’s “Saturday Night Lights” format, featuring evening men’s and women’s finals followed by a beach party. Musical recording artist Kelley James, the official voice of the NVL, performed for fans and players on the main stage.
All of the Midwest Championship matches are available to view free on-demand on the NVL Network.
The tournament is one of six professional events on the NVL calendar in 2014. The remaining events include:
August 15 – 17: Milwaukee, WI – Milwaukee IndyFest
September 19 – 21: Hermosa Beach, CA – Hermosa Beach Pier
October 3 – 4: Port St. Lucie, FL – Club Med Sandpiper Bay
ABOUT THE NATIONAL VOLLEYBALL LEAGUE
Established in 2010, the National Volleyball League is a professional beach volleyball league built by players for all players, united in one mission: to create a sustainable future for pro beach volleyball in the U.S. Home to six professional events in 2014, a nationwide grassroots beach series and the first-ever beach volleyball academy, the NVL is the only national platform for current professionals and players of all levels to showcase their talents and pursue their aspirations in the sport. Driven by a pure passion to grow the game and share the love of the sport and beach culture, the NVL is the Soul of Beach Volleyball.