Everyone is invited to come watch as volleyball players from around the globe take to Gulfport Beach for the AVP Gulfport Qualifier on Saturday and Sunday.
Matches begin Saturday at 9 a.m. Gulfport City Vice Mayor Dan Liedtke will be participating in the tournament, come out and cheer him on!
According to Liedtke's Facebook page, " Athlete registration numbers have exceeded expectations with some players coming from as far away as Europe."
The qualification format is Single elimination to qualify the final four teams. Four (4) men's teams and four (4) women's teams will advance from Gulfport Beach to compete in the St. Pete Open next weekend.
The Main Draw tournament will take place in St. Pete, Sept. 13-15. The format is a 16 team Double Elimination with 10 automatic berths, 2 wildcards, and four (4) teams from the Gulfport Qualifier.
Tickets are on sale now for the St. Pete Open on AVP's website.
The AVP (Association of Volleyball Professionals) is a leading lifestyle sports and entertainment company that produces, markets and distributes professional beach volleyball events worldwide. Organized in 1983, it has operated the industry's most prominent national touring series, the AVP Pro Beach Volleyball Tour, featuring the top American men and women competitors in the sport including athletes who have won numerous Gold, Silver and Bronze Olympic medals. The company is headquartered in Costa Mesa, CA. For more information on the tour, please visit http://avp.com/.