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Local team looks to win pro beach volleyball tournament

Steve Yingling, Tribune sports editor

How will the best local two-player teams stack up against some seasoned beach volleyball professionals?

Find out Saturday and Sunday when the annual King of the Mountain tournament unfolds at the courts at Zephyr Cove Beach.

“This is the biggest volleyball tourney in Tahoe,” said local player Dustin Shinn. “Due to the large cash prize, teams from around the state come to compete for the money.”

Shinn and Peter Chiarpotti, a former standout goalie for the South Tahoe High boys’ soccer team, will be in the field, competing for the $1,200 first prize.

“They have the best chance of winning this weekend,” said Will McKissock, a director for the recently concluded Legends volleyball tournament. “Their team has beaten some of the big boys that will come around.”

Shinn said the tournament has previously drawn top touring pros such as Sean Rosenthal and Jake Gibb.

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“Us locals do our best to hold our own,” Shinn said. “My partner Peter and I placed third last year and are at the top of our game, hoping to win for the first time and keep the money local.

“The bottom line is that this is the highest level of volleyball at the lake, and anyone interested in seeing volleyball at its best should come to Zephyr Cove Saturday or Sunday.”

Tournament action runs from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. both days, with the finals expected to start at 4 or 5 p.m. Sunday.