King and Queen of the Court are crowned

Coach Pitter Rosa, left, with Queen of the Court JoAnna Poyssick and King of the Court Olney Thompson.

Olney Thompson was crowned the King of the Court and JoAnna Poyssick is the new Queen of the Court following a volleyball tournament on Sunday.

In collaboration with the Cayman Islands Volleyball Federation, visiting Brazilian coach Pitter Rosa hosted the King and Queen of the Court tournament.

The format for the tournament required each player to play with a different partner for a single set to 15 points. Points were awarded to the individual players on the victorious teams, which were then tallied at the end of the tournament to identify the King and Queen.

The runners-up for the men were Nathan Dack, Casey Santamaria and Daniel Pattico, while Maryn McCoombs, Alicia Proud and Krystal Ferrari were the female runners-up.

Technical director Javid Ali said he was quite impressed with the turnout, noting, “The interest in doubles is definitely increasing, and this was evident with the 15 men and nine 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 five teammates helping you bear the load and responsibility. Although both games work on the same skills – passing, setting, blocking, spiking – beach is a much more skilful game that always keeps you thinking.”

Queen Poyssick said, “CIVF and Coach Pitter did a great job at organising 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.”

According to CIVF, it intends to continue running these tournaments, as the coaches and players alike recognise the benefit of such matches because the format allows for players of all ages and abilities to learn by playing with various partners throughout the competition.