By Deon Brown


Just before summertime temps start to “spike,” Arizona Gay Volleyball Association (AZGV) prepares to host its annual “Sets On The Sand” tournament at Steele Indian School Park in the heart of beautiful downtown Phoenix.

The popular sand volleyball tournament is open to anyone 18-years-old and up who’s looking for some competition. Ladies, this is co-ed! Show the dudes what you’ve got! Approximately ten-to-twenty competing teams come from Arizona as well as California and Nevada and anywhere from 44-to-120 athletes are expected to compete in the tournament.

The four-man tournament has a six-man roster limit and the fun all happens during Memorial Day Weekend. Everyone meets on Friday, May 22 for the Opening Pool Party at the host hotel, the Wyndham Garden Phoenix Midtown. This is a great opportunity to get acquainted with the other players poolside with DJ Urban at the turntables.

“The best thing about the tournament is that almost anyone can play,” said Eddie Cruz, AZGV assistant commissioner. “Teams can consist of family, friends and even people you’ve never met. By the end of the tournament everybody has had so much fun that even if they don’t make it to the end, they’re still there having a good time and attending the awards banquet, too.”

The real fun starts on Saturday, May 23 when everyone meets at Steele Indian School Park at 9 a.m. for Pool Play. Roscoe’s On 7th is the place to be for the Seeding Party. Things start in earnest on Sunday at 9 a.m. for the tournament, and after the dust settles, prizes and trophies are awarded. A special closing party will be held nearby at Stacy’s @ Melrose, a popular dance club and bar.

“It’s really fun,” enthused Kevin Bushaw, AZGV public relations manager. “We have a great barbeque at Steele Park that coincidentally has a tournament attached to it. We’re excited to host these games. You make new friends and meet so many people. Beyond the usual awards,” he continued, “we also have awards for Hardest Hitter, Best Hair, Cutest Uniforms and other fun categories.”

There is a tournament team registration fee of $120 due by May 8. Book your room at the Wyndham Garden Phoenix Midtown, 3600 N. 2nd Ave. in Phoenix. Call 602-604-4900 and mention AZ Gay Volleyball for special rates.

Monday, June 2 is open play while competitive play starts Monday, June 9. For more information and to register visit and “like” us on Facebook, search #AZGVORG.



Photo by Fernando Hernandez


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