Ocean City, Md. – #NVLOceanCity competition has not disappointed on the men’s or women’s sides, with two dark horse teams hoping to make their mark on the National Volleyball League (NVL) tour this tournament.
Panama City Beach champions Palm/Placek (2) will take on Russell/Schoonover (3), and Haddock/Rodriguez-Bertran (16) look to upset Keffer/Torsone (4) in the men’s quarterfinals bracket. Haddock/Rodriguez-Bertran are proving once again that they can go head-to-head with the top seeds, coming in second earlier this year at the Panama City Beach Championships. Madeira Beach champions Henderson/Marciniak (1) could still make a finals appearance but they’re going to have to do it the hard way, with two wins needed in the contender’s bracket to get into the semi-finals.
On the women’s side, Panama City Beach winners Niles/Sowala (1) are looking for another title but will have to get past Fuller/Zamparelli-Flavia (5) first. Batt-Rohr/Piantadosi-Lima (2) are hungry for a repeat win coming off of the Madeira Beach Championships, and will face Hayes/Snyder (3) to battle for a finals spot. The contender’s bracket is up for grabs with Menard/Williams (4) versus Harris/Tiegs (9), and Dickson/Duke (7) versus Alfaro/Charles (16).
NVL RIZE, the National Volleyball League’s official amateur series, will also host its finals on Sunday, with junior finals taking place on center court before and after the pro women’s finals.
Sunday, May 31 Schedule:
9:00am – Quarter & Semi-Finals
9:00am – NVL RIZE & Delaware Volleyball Academy Playoffs
2:30pm – NVL RIZE Junior Finals on Center Court
3:00pm – NVL Pro Women’s Finals
4:00pm – NVL RIZE Junior Finals on Center Court
4:30pm – Men’s Finals
*Finals times subject to change
The Ocean City Championships is one of eight professional events on the NVL calendar in 2015. Remaining tournaments include:
July 10-12: Milwaukee Championships – Milwaukee, Wisc.
July 16-18: Midwest Championships – The Beach Water Park – Mason, Ohio
August 6-8: Hermosa Beach Championships – Hermosa Beach Pier – Hermosa Beach, CA
August 28-30: Seattle Championships – Alki Beach – Seattle, Wash.
September 24-26: Players Championships – Club Med Sandpiper Bay/NVL Volleyball Academies – Port St. Lucie, Fla.
The NVL is currently sponsored by Australian Gold, Bud Light, Club Med, Gatorade, Menards, Mikasa Sports, The ONE Group, and Polaroid.
About National Volleyball League
Established in 2010, the NVL 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 eight professional events in 2015, a grassroots series, and the NVL Club Med 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. With sand volleyball now a sanctioned high school sport, the NCAA’s fastest-growing emerging sport in history with 50 schools sponsoring it as of January 2015 and a Division 1 approved championship, the NVL is building the infrastructure for young players to achieve their dreams.