Out-of-towners won most age divisions at the Mi Familia beach volleyball tournament on Navarre Beach Saturday.
On nine courts by the Navarre Pier, two-person teams battled for berths to qualifying events leading up to the USA Volleyball national championships.
The highest placing hometown pair – and Mi Familia Volleyball Club players — were Jayden Padgett and Angel Morris. They finished third in the 18-and-under bracket. Navarre’s Isabella Hollis teamed up with Gulf Breeze’s Abigail Bossert to take top honors in the “grassroots” division.
Fifty teams – mainly girl tandems – competed in six divisions under sunny, then gloomy, and then cloudy skies. But the afternoon storms steered north, and expected wind-gusts didn’t suspend play.
“Normally the Gulf Coast Region hosts the majority of the tournaments for beach; however, they were very excited when we asked them last year if we could host a couple of tournaments,” said Jason Rangel, the director of Mi Familia. “The two that we hosted were on two dates that we could collectively align things for Mi Familia Volleyball Club, the Gulf Coast Region and Windjammers at the Pier.”
Rangel said this tournament brought USA Volleyball back to Navarre’s beaches.
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