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The Revolutionary Rumble Volleyball tournament, in its 13th year, has become a hit for participating out-of-state clubs.
The tournament, which runs over two days and will feature 191 teams from six states, is expected to bring more than 5,500 players and parents to the Historic Triangle on Saturday and Sunday.
Williamsburg Volleyball Club Director Joe Ortiz said the tournament and area have received praise from out-of-state teams, who are quick to reserve their spots for the next year.
“We usually get really good feedback,” he said. “Most of the teams that come from a distance book their hotel rooms usually a week after they leave for the next year. Almost everyone that comes back, they know they’re coming back the next year.”
Ortiz said the Revolutionary Rumble, which will be played at 17 different venues around the Historic Triangle, has a slightly different format than other volleyball tournaments. The tournament is split into three divisions: Gold, Silver and Bronze. Teams that have not qualified to play in those brackets on Sunday are placed into flights, or consolation brackets based on age groups.
In other tournaments, Ortiz said, teams playing in the flights usually only play for the pride that comes with winning the bracket. The Revolutionary Rumble is different, rewarding each flight winner with a medal.
“We want to make sure every girl is playing for something on Sunday,” Ortiz said. “At the end of the day, we have teams in each division playing for a medal that’s unique. Those girls and teams that normally would be in flight one or flight two of other tournaments, they’re playing for something to take home.”
Ortiz also cited the tourism factor of the Historic Triangle as a reason why the tournament has remained so popular.
“It’s a tournament a lot of teams put on their calendar. Williamsburg has a lot of things to do,” he said. “It’s a city that tourism is a big part of what they do, and they’re good at it.”
With such a large field of teams, all of whom are guaranteed seven matches, the Revolutionary Rumble needs cooperation from Williamsburg, James City County and York County to pull off the event. Ortiz expressed his gratitude to the school systems that have offered up their gyms and facilities to help host the tournament.
The action will begin Saturday and Sunday at 8 a.m. with the finals tentatively scheduled to last from 1 to 6 p.m. Sunday. The matches are open to the public and are free of charge.
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