Raining volleyballs on spectacular Siesta beach

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By Trebor Britt 

Kaeli Crews of Winter Garden sets up her partner for a spike in the Women’s Pro Open Division of the Dig the Beach Volleyball Tournament on Siesta Key.

Six Hundred Twenty Pro, Amateur and Junior beach volleyball players participated in the “Dig the Beach Volleyball Series” tournament on spectacular Siesta Beach recently. The tournament involves a Pro Division, 8 Amateur Divisions, 3 Co-ed and 4 Junior Divisions. Thousands of dollars in prize money is awarded to top men’s and women’s Pro Division winners.

Kaeli Crews digs out a spike during the wildly popular Dig the Beach Volleyball Tournament, She’s played volleyball since she turned 9 years old and after graduation this year will head to the University of South Carolina to play volleyball on scholarship.
Ten-year veteran volleyball player, Justin Phipps of Dunedin leaping high above the net to spike a ball over his opponent in the Men’s Pro Open Division of the Dig the Beach Volleyball Tournament on Siesta Key.
Volleyball players and fans, Gabby Perrone, David Crab, Raul Mayers and Lindsey Kisaddon. Gabby and David are co-ed partners that played on Sunday. David and Raul are played as partners in the Men’s A Division.
About Siesta Beach Gabby said, “It’s the number one Beach in the world, we love it.”

AVP America, a national ranking system for the entire United States is a new sponsor of the tournament. National ranking points are now awarded to players in every division including amateurs, not just professional players. Additional new sponsors include, Holy Cross Orthopedic Institute, Simply Cheeky Bikinis and The Smooth Move, a maker of fresh smoothies, other healthy drinks and tasty wraps. Mad Dog Beach Volleyball was added as a permanent sponsor after the tragic death of founder, Chris Colgan and his wife in a boating accident a few weeks ago. Chris was Tournament Director, Diogo Sousa’s mentor for four years before Sousa began directing the Dig the Beach Volleyball Series alone for the past seven years.

Founded in 1991, the Dig the Beach Series is the longest standing and largest series of its kind in the United States.  The Dig the Beach Volleyball Series is the most established and successful grassroots series of its kind. Since 1992 they have catered to both professional and amateur players. This tour has graduated some of the top professionals on the Domestic & World Tours. Annually the series makes 8 stops throughout Florida from April through August. Each tournament features 2 person teams in Adult & Juniors divisions.

Friends and University of Florida Graduates, Gabby Perrone and
Lindsey Kisaddon of Tampa, enjoying a break from volleyball on beautiful Siesta Beach.

Taylor Auxier and and her partner of two years, Katie Digirolamo both of Bradenton competing in the Women’s AA Division.

 (Source help: www.digthebeach.com)

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