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AVP Next looks to develop Hawaii's local talent

AVP Next looks to develop Hawaii's local talent

WAIKIKI (HawaiiNewsNow) -

 It had been more than a decade since the AVP tour made a stop here in Hawaii, but today thanks to local sand volleyball superstar and former Olympian, Kevin Wong, the most elite beach volleyball tour in the world returned to the 808; looking to develop all the local talent the island has to offer.

Wong served as director of the AVP Next tournament which was held at Queen's Beach on Saturday. 

The event is the official qualifying tournament for amateur elite players who hope to eventually join the pro tour.

It serves as an avenue for local players to accumulate points toward their national ranking, 

One of those players looking to establish her dominance on the national scene, current Rainbow Wahine, Nikki Taylor who was pleased to see Hawaii's next generation of volleyball players aiming  to compete at the highest level.

"They're able to hold their own at this level and they are they've been proving themselves and holding their own and it's a really great sight to see to see them have that courage and the willingness to be in this type of sport at this level."

As a former competitor on the AVP tour Wong, hopes that competing with players like Taylor, will serve as a stepping stone for Hawaii's youth to aim for a similar type of success.

"I think what this allows it's an elevated level of playing. We have the junior events here this is kind of closer to the level that the collegiate girls play here as well. So it think this is that half way to the professional ranks."

Taylor along with former bow, Natasha Bell took the title in the women's division. Kamehameha grad, James Ka, and current UH Men's volleyball assistant coach, Spencer McLachlin won the men's division, which means they've earned a wildcard tournament berth to the AVP Manhattan beach open.

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