Come One, Come All
The 2016 Seaside tournament at a glance
The Signatures of Seaside
Brian Owen (Seaside, OR) – Executive Director Seaside Chamber of Commerce
“The unique thing about Seaside is the sheer mass of it. We had 145 courts and 1,500 teams this year. It’s the biggest amateur sand tournament west of the Mississippi. There were 1,600 people playing on Thursday and Friday alone, and that creates an energy amongst itself.”
The Oregon Mystique
Betsi Flint (Hermosa Beach, CA) – Placed first in women’s open with partner Kelley Larsen, first time playing Seaside
“It was definitely a different feel than other tournaments I’ve played in. It was nice seeing trees and nature all around. Twelve of us rented a house in Gearhardt on the ocean. You could hear the water and in the morning elk would come right up to the house. On the way back to Portland after the tournament we stopped at a berry farm and picked our own berries. They had really good blackberries.”
The Youth Element
Marty Lorenz (Hermosa Beach, CA) – Placed first in men’s open with partner Miles Evans, second time playing open at Seaside
“Seaside really sparked my interest in playing volleyball. When I was 16 I would go down to the tournament from Spokane. My sister would play in the juniors tournament and I would go down just to watch. It was the first time I got to see high-level ball. There’s not a lot of volleyball for guys in the Northwest, so its inspiring for young players to get to see people playing at a high level.”
Roman Onischenko (Portland, OR) – Placed ninth in men’s open, 11th time playing at Seaside
“For such a little town Seaside is a fun place to hang out. You’ve got the main street area where you can go play at the arcade, go hang out at bars, check out all the little restaurants. You can also rent bikes and cruise around. At night there are the bonfires on the beach. You can just walk out to any bonfire and the people there are like ‘Hey, come join us.’ So you can just walk around and talk and meet people.”
The Center Court Atmosphere
“I’ve never seen a center court where the fans are so into the finals, cheering for someone they’ve just seen play for the first time that weekend. There are absolute crazy fanatics of volleyball there, I can’t compare it to any other tournament I’ve been to. I haven’t seen that level of atmosphere anywhere else.”
Seaside 2016: By the Numbers
11 – Matches played by junior players Maki Bispham and Pearl Moore in two days, the most of any junior team in any division at Seaside. Bispham and Moore, who hail from the Seattle area, won the U-14 AA division in a double final on Friday.
3 – Elk captured on camera by AVP pro Avery Drost on Saturday morning before the tournament. Drost finished third in the men’s open with Bill Kolinske
0 – Fans Marty Lorenz had in the crowd after staying mum about touching a ball on the block during the men’s open final. Lorenz and partner Miles Evans would go on to defeat Derek Olson and Paul Araiza in three games to win the tournament.
90 – Arcade credits awarded for winning a game of Fascination Roll ‘Em, the feature attraction at Funland, an entertainment center on Seaside’s main street.
4,348 – Kilometers traveled by Canadian team Jake MacNeil and Gabriel Burlacu to get to Seaside. MacNeil (20) and Burlacu (22), who live and train in Toronto.
13-13 – Score in the third game when Chris Littleman called a timeout so he could spend more time heckling his opponent, Steve Nash, before he served. Littleman and partner Roman Onischenko would win the match and go on to finish 9th in the men’s open, the highest finish of any “local” team (Littleman lives in Seattle and Onischenko resides in Portland)
$8 – Average cost of a sandwich at Tsunami Sandwich Company, a popular sandwich shop a short walk away from the tournament site. Sandwich options include The Lighthouse, The Lewis and Clark, and The Tillamook Rock.