FAIRBANKS — After falling in an early round match to William “Boe” Edwards, Mike Quinn had to fight his way through the loser’s bracket for a chance at winning the men’s title in the Memorial Day King and Queen of the Beach volleyball tournament at Growden Park.
Quinn, a former West Valley High School athlete and Fairbanks Grizzlies football player, reached the final where he met Gavin Meggert, who had yet to lose in the 10-person men’s bracket. Quinn needed to beat Meggert twice to be crowned king.
After dropping the first match, Meggert came back to beat Quinn and win the title after more than seven hours of volleyball.
On the women’s side, which saw seven athletes compete, it came down to three matches between Julie Gilhuly, a former Lathrop High School and Alaska Nanooks outside hitter, and Jessica Hill, another former Nanook. After Hill won the winner’s bracket final, Gilhuly won the loser’s bracket final to set up a winner take-all match. Gilhuly beat Hill twice to win the women’s title.
The tournament used a two-on-two reverse-coed format. The net was set at women’s height and the men couldn’t attack or block the ball above the net unless they jumped from behind the 10-foot line.
Each player was paired with a partner of the opposite sex, with the partners being changed every game. The goal of reverse-coed is to have each athlete play with as many different partners as possible.
The proceeds from the registration costs went to helping fund court improvements.
Edwards finished third on the men’s side after being eliminated by Quinn in the loser’s bracket. Rulon Jensen took third.
Jennifer Shannon finished third on the women’s side and West Valley graduate Sierra Steele took fourth.
The next Fairbanks beach volleyball tournament is the Midnight Sun tournament on June 27. Following that will be the Independence Day tournament on July 4. The season concludes with the Golden Days tournament on July 19.
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