Volleyball players battled it out Saturday afternoon on Seven Mile Beach, in the fourth Heatwave Volleyball Club of ‘‘Dig it to Win it’. The competition consisted of beginner, intermediate and advanced divisions. Four teams competed as beginners, playing on each other in a round robin to determine their ranking going into the semifinals. Husband and wife duo, Stephanie and Adrian , took on Adam Dolan and Joshua Browne in the final, after both teams advanced through round robin play and the semis. The palyers were well matched, but the Jacksons took the close game 21-18.
Six teams competed in the intermediate division, with Elena Testori and Mauro Giannini,and Mahendra Gahatraj and Diane Manoy, eventually booking their places in the final. The teams were neck and neck for most of the game, but Testori and Giannini emerged 21-18 victors.
The advanced division was action packed, with 10 teams competing. The squads were divided up into two pools and played across three different courts. After regular pool play, the two top teams from each division met in the semifinals. In the end, it came down to JoAnna Poyssick and Vince Gregotski taking on Alicia Proud-Rabess and Casey Santamaria. With those teams having already met in pool play, Poyssick and Gregotski intended to exploit Proud-Rabess’ and Santamaria’s weaknesses after winning their earlier match. Their game plan paid off, with Poyssick and Gregotski winning out as champions in their division.
“When we first started this event, our aim was to share our love for doubles with the community at large,” said Heatwave’s president Heather Thompson told the Cayman Compass. “For six weeks, we offered doubles tutorials before the recreational Corona league on Sundays, in hopes of luring some of the four players to try their hand at doubles. Since then, the number of teams registering has increased from an average of 12 teams per competition to 20.”