Beach volleyball tournament draws wide range of co-ed talent
October 1, 2017 | Lynchburg, Va.
Liberty University's beach volleyball team opened its fall season with a co-ed doubles tournament Sunday on Liberty's eight East Campus courts.
"It was a good first tournament," said sophomore Olivia Jensen, who teamed up with junior Kaden Knepper, a setter on Liberty's men's indoor volleyball team. "The new players really enjoyed it and got some good first experience. For the returners, it set the tone for the season and really showed us what we need to work on. Everybody played really well and I'm really excited for the upcoming season."
The event drew nearly twice as many players as last year's Fall Tournament, including members of both the Flames' and Lady Flames' teams as well as other students, prospective students in town for College For A Weekend (CFAW), and residents from around the Lynchburg community.
"It was really encouraging to see our players praying with people that aren't on the team that they may not have known … and being able to share the Gospel and share Liberty University with people who were here for CFAW, for younger kids in the area that don't really know much about beach (volleyball) or look up to people on the team," Liberty Head Coach Kaleb VanDePerre said. "It was a great opportunity to use the sport … to glorify Jesus through beach volleyball and bring honor to our Lord and Savior. Locally, in this community, the more we can impact these people and establish those relationships is huge."