Powderkeg tourney to draw top volleyball doubles

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Steamboat Powderkeg Volleyball Tournament

  • Friday, July 11, 2008, 8 p.m.
  • Howelsen Hill, 845 Howelsen Parkway, Steamboat Springs
  • Not available

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— Players from 12 states comprising more than 350 teams are expected to make up this weekend's 27th annual Steamboat Powderkeg Volleyball Tournament.

The tournament, which begins at 8 a.m. today with Dinosaur Doubles play at Howelsen Hill, will feature 12 divisions with some of the top players from the region.

In addition to the Dinosaur Doubles division - two-person teams in which competitors' ages have to add up to at least 80 - will feature coed, men's and women's grass tournaments as well as men's and women's open divisions.

The grass tournaments will have three divisions, while the men's open division will have 24 teams and the women's open will have 16 teams.

"In the open division," tournament director Doug Arritola said, "you'll see some top-level competition and people that have played on the (Association of Volleyball Professionals) tour."

The grass divisions will start play at 8 a.m. Saturday and continue with finals Sunday if they aren't able to finish on the first day. The coed grass tournament begins at 8 a.m. Sunday and concludes that afternoon.

The open divisions will start play in the sand courts at 7 a.m. Saturday with the finals taking place Sunday afternoon.

"We'll play 8 a.m. until dark each day, pretty much," Arritola said.

The Dinosaur Division finals today will feature live music from Ken Lee.

Arritola said he anticipates about 10 local teams in the tournament. He said there are 350 teams registered, but he anticipates that number to increase to at least 375.

The open divisions are closed, and the men's and women's grass tournaments have limited openings. The coed tournament Sunday, however, has room for people interested in playing. There will be a booth next to the sand courts at Howelsen where teams can check in or sign up.

For more information, visit www.steamboatdoubles.com.

- To reach Luke Graham, call 871-4229 or e-mail lgraham@steamboatpilot.com

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