Fourth-Annual Fiesta on Siesta Key now a Two-Day Event


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Fiesta on Siesta Key

January 17, 2012

Contacts: Thomas D. Collett  352-317-0794

                  David Carstenson  727-397-5677


Fourth-Annual Fiesta on Siesta Key now a Two-Day Event


Siesta Key, FloridaThe Fiesta on Siesta Key, one of the largest collegiate sand volleyball competitions ever held, returns for its fourth year on April 13 & 14, 2012, in Siesta Key, Fla., presented by Ultimate Beach Volleyball Promotions, LLC.


David Carstenson and Tom Collett are the co-directors for the event.


“Requests from coaches to participate in the Fiesta have compelled us to add another day of competition” said Fiesta co-director David Carstenson.  He added: “We’ve added competition on Friday, so institutions that have launched sand volleyball programs may compete in dual contests.  Plus, the coaches who have brought their indoor program student-athletes will have access to the courts for practice.  And, many will participate in a clinic we have put together for disadvanted kids from the inner-city.”


The format for the 2012 Fiesta on Siesta Key will feature schools competing in true NCAA competition. Florida State University, Tulane and other institutions who have added sand volleyball programs have lined up to compete.  “The Fiesta will be two-day event, but with a difference… on day one, Friday, now with Sand Volleyball an NCAA Emerging Sport, many of the participating schools will be fulfilling requirements for their sand programs” said Carstenson.  In previous years, coaches who were proponents of beach or sand volleyball, brought their indoor/court squads to Siesta Key on one of their Spring Indoor play dates.”  He continued “we’ll still have many of the indoor/court squads here competing on Saturday.”


One thing that has not changed from years past is the Seniors Only division. The Seniors Only division is a separate competition open to female athletes who have exhausted their indoor NCAA or NAIA eligibility and will not play NCAA sand.  The winners of Seniors Only division will earn an automatic berth into the NCVBA National Championships in Long Beach, California.  The entry fee for tandems in the Seniors Only division is $ 50.00 per team.


Institutions committed to participate in the 4th Annual Fiesta on Siesta Key: (as of 1/16/2012)


·     Florida Atlantic University

·     Florida Christian College

·     Florida Gulf Coast University

·     Florida International University

·     Florida State University

·     Georgia State

·     Jacksonville University

·     Liberty University

·     Louisiana State University

·     Mercer University

·     Palm Beach Atlantic

·     Pasco-Hernando Community College

·     Rollins College

·     Savannah College of Art & Design

·     St. Leo University

·     St. Leo University

·     St. Petersburg College

·     State College of Florida

·     Stetson University

·     Trinity College of Florida

·     Tulane University

·     UAB

·     University of Central Florida

·     University of Florida

·     University of Miami

·     University of North Florida

·     University of South Florida

·     Webber International University



Friday, April 13, 2012


NCAA Sand Volleyball Program Dual Competition: 9am-3pm


Indoor/Court Program Team Practices: 3pm-Dusk

            Individual Team Practices: Times T.B.D.


Volleyball Skills Clinic: Time T.B.D.


Saturday, April 14, 2012


Indoor/Court Program Competition

Play begins at 9am



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