Midwest Beach Volleyball Tour makes 1st stop in GH today

The fledgeling Midwest Beach Volleyball Tour makes its first of three scheduled stops in Grand Haven today. The MBVT Sun Drop Amateur Series event will take place at Grand Haven State Park, with the professionals beginning at 8 a.m. and the amateurs getting under way at 9 a.m. According to event organizer Scott VanderWerp, the women's professionals should begin their finals match around 3 p.m. with the men's finals around 4 p.m.
Matt DeYoung
Jun 11, 2011


The MBVT is a regional event that attempts to draw participants from across the Midwest as well as from all corners of the continent.

“In our first event (held in Muskegon) we had teams from California, Ohio, Texas, New Jersey, Indiana, Illinois, Wisconsin,” VanderWerp said. “We’re working with the Canadian Volleyball Federation, so we have some Canadian teams coming in. We’re trying to broaden our scope.”

The tournament is part of a national points system so teams participating in MBVT events can earn points toward a season-ending Beach Championship Series. The top six players form the men’s and women’s pro division receive cash prizes, and the top man and women receive an expenses-paid trip, along with a partner, to play in the Barefoot Wine Championships in Miami.

“It’s a new thing this year and we’re glad to be a part of it,” VanderWerp said. “We hope to grow the players like we have with Stevo.”

Stevo VanderWerp is a Grand Haven native who has climbed into the top 50 national beach volleyball rankings. He plays with the U.S. National Beach team, and has represented his country in several international competitions.

Stevo VanderWerp will play with California’s Evan Engle in today’s event.

For more information, visit www.thembvt.com.

To read more of this story, see today's print edition of the Grand Haven Tribune.


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