Northern Mariana holds 7th annual Kids Beach Volleyball Cup
Saipan, Northern Mariana Islands, March 5, 2014 - The seventh annual Kid's Cup Saipan saw 123 youth participants out for a full day of volleyball fun at the 22nd annual Marianas Cup Beach Volleyball Festival on Sunday.
Team Luther Lasagna won the first place in the 13U division while Team Vaskuu topped the 17U division at the 7th annual Kids Cup.
The Kids Cup event consists of 17U and 13U four-person co-ed divisions. Both Guam and Saipan hold individual separate Kids Cups events as part of the overall Marianas Cup Beach Volleyball Festival. The Kids Cups are the third event in a series of back-to-back weekends that began with the Junior Cup (19U) and was followed by the Pro Am Cup (+16) when local amateurs paired with US and Japanese professional players.
The principle concept of the Kids Cup is to get young players accustomed to playing competitively in a festival type environment. This event is the icing on the cake for many players who take part in twice weekly trainings during the fall and spring in addition to six months of practice tournaments. Standard FIVB beach volleyball rules apply for the 17U division while the 13U are giving special advantages such as second chances at serves, serving closer to the net and scoring additional points for full 3-touches by a team. This year, the 17U division saw 60 players and 13 teams while the 13U division saw 63 players and 12 teams topping the 2013 record by just three players. The event took place at the venue of long term sponsors Fiesta Resort & Spa beach side.
Japanese pros training in Saipan for the last three weeks played one exhibition match for spectators and players while young players waited for the results of their pool play matches, which started at 09:00 am and finished around 13:30. The teams that advanced into the Double Elimination brackets began their matches at 14:00 and finished around 17:30.