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A weekend volleyball players can dig

Steve Yingling, Tribune sports editor

From Karch Kiraly to Gene Selznick to Kerri Walsh, beach volleyball on the South Shore has a history that isn’t too shabby given that an ocean isn’t nearby.

Even though the pro circuit no longer makes a stop in the Lake Tahoe area, volleyball tournaments remain popular.

Michael Plansky and Will McKissock are continuing that rich history this weekend by offering two tournaments at Zephyr Cove Beach. On Saturday, the 17th annual Legends Beach Volleyball Tournament returns, and on Sunday, the Kings of the Beez hits the sand.

Plansky said that anybody with volleyball experience shouldn’t hesitate to enter one of the tournaments.

“This is the time to come out,” Plansky. “We don’t want people coming out if they are completely novice, but if you got any volleyball skills and are aspiring to get better, don’t be intimidated.”

In the Legends tournament, teams will consist of four players who are grouped by a random draw. Player levels are A, B, C and D.

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“The emphasis is not so much on competition as it is on teamwork. We’ll have the old guys playing with the young kids,” Plansky said.

B-level and legend players are encouraged to enter the King of the Beez tournament on Sunday. Plansky said there is room for 20 teams in the two-on-two format.

“Make sure to preregister to secure a spot,” Plansky said. “They always fill up the day of. If somebody shows up on Sunday morning a little late, they might not get in.”

To register for the tournaments, phone McKissock at (530) 416-1290. The $45 fee for the Legends tournament and $25 fee for the King of the Beez tournament includes a T-shirt. Teams are guaranteed three or four matches in pool play, then the top eight teams will advance to the quarterfinal round. Full-grain leather volleyballs will be awarded to the top teams, and there will be a prize raffle.

Participants should note that parking at Zephyr Cove Beach is $8.

Check in for each tournament is at 8:30 a.m., and action to follow at 9:30 a.m.