SIEASTA KEY, Fla. – The last day of the 6th Annual Fiesta on Siesta Key volleyball tournament wrapped up Sunday afternoon. Teams from 32 colleges and universities participated in the competition, including 16 of the best Division 1 NCAA sand volleyball programs with over 380 athletes combined. This tournament is the largest in the country for collegiate sand volleyball. Competition Director, Dave Carstenson, said there's a reason why Siesta Key Beach has been the venue for the last five years...it has "crystal white sand that the players love. It's a jumpers beach!" Organizers said this will be a huge economic impact for Sarasota, as it has been for the last 5 years. This event is a 'stay to play tournament' for coaches and players alike, which also helps the competition director getting the officials they need to call these matches. Professional volleyball player Priscilla Lima said this tourney will be held here for a for years to come and benefit all who participate in it. Lima said “The more we grow the more the tourney grows, the more the sport grows...(the more) they will come back!".
SARASOTA - With college scholarships now being given for beach volleyball, high school hard-court players spend their summers training, and playing, on the beach. The training is not necessarily more difficult, but it is different -- and hot.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Alix Klineman scored 19 points in her first match at the senior level and the U.S. women's national team swept Brazil in the second match of the USA Volleyball Cup on Sunday night.
VENICE, Fla. -- The AVP volleyball tour makes its stop in St. Petersburg this weekend, but when it does, it will have a decidedly un-Suncoast flavor.
GAINESVILLE, Fla. - The University of Florida football team and volleyball team will once again come together for a special fan day experience to kick off the 2014 season. On Saturday, August 16, from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m., both teams will take part in Fan Day in the Stephen C. O'Connell Center. Admission is free and gates will open at 2:30 p.m.
The Venice Indians volleyball team has its sight set on another state title this season. If they are to do that, they will need a big assist from Taylor Jais, our ABC 7 Athlete of the Week.
STAVANGER, Norway (AP) — Americans April Ross and Kerri Walsh Jennings won their third FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour title of the season Sunday, beating Spain's Liliana Fernandez and Elsa Baquerizo 21-12, 21-15.
VENICE, Fla. - A Suncoast watering hole has some bragging rights. A website called FloridaBeachBar.com picked Sharky's on the Pier in Venice as the #1 Florida Beach Bar.
MILWAUKEE (AP) — Three-time Olympic champion Kerri Walsh Jennings tied the women's record for beach volleyball tournament victories in the United States with 69, teaming with April Ross to win the AVP Milwaukee Open on Sunday.
IRVINE, Calif. (AP) — Jordan Larson Burbach had 16 points, including an ace to put the match away, and the U.S. women's national team beat Brazil 3-1 on Saturday night in the USA Volleyball Cup.
SARASOTA - Tennis players around the Suncoast have, or will represent, their schools in the state tournaments that began Monday and continue through Thursday.
ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — Even before a slew of casino closings hit Atlantic City, gambling operators, government officials and regulators had been working to improve the resort's prospects. Here's a look at five things they're doing:
SARASOTA - Wherever ESPN commentator Dick Vitale goes, benevolence is usually close behind. Thursday Dickie V was at the Lee Wetherington Boys and Girls Club in Sarasota to award five scholarships to deserving club members.
Ten years ago, April Holmes was boarding a train when her leg slipped and got caught between the platform and the moving train. As Holmes lay in her hospital bed recovering from a left leg amputation, her doctor told her about the Paralympics. Holmes, already a track and field college athlete, competed in the 2004 Athens Paralympics Games only three years later.
SARASOTA, Fla. -- The Sarasota Christian Blazers advanced to the regional semifinals in the high school softball playoffs Wednesday night. If they want to get to the state title game, they will need their catalyst: McKenzie Lantz.
(NAPSI)—After a grueling winter, summer is finally here and Americans across the country are trading their heavier layers for lighter wear. Whether your idea of fun in the sun is a picnic at the park, hiking, volleyball on the beach or grilling in the backyard, it’s important to be mindful of one outer layer in particular: your skin. As seen on ABC’s “Good Morning America” and NBC’s “TODAY”, board-certified dermatologist, Dr. Jeanine Downie, offers these easy tips to help protect your skin while you embrace warm weather activities.
SUNCOAST - February is the most highly visible college signing day for high school athletes, but Wednesday was no less important to Suncoast athletes that were signing letters-of-intent.
Massive headaches, nausea, vomiting, dizziness are the signs of a brain tumor.
The $6.2 million project is 85% completed, with its official opening happening next month.