Pounders Open Continues Volleyball Legacy

The wave of volleyball continues this weekend as the 12th Annual Pounders Open returns to the Foley Event Center, January 25 – 26.

Tournament Director, Rachel McMenimen, said the competition provides the West Florida Waves Volleyball Club an opportunity to celebrate their history.

“Randy Pounders was a Navy veteran and the 14-year head volleyball coach at Catholic High School,” McMenimen explained. “He started Volleyball Pensacola, which was the first USVA club in Pensacola (now the West Florida Waves Volleyball Club). He also started Lizardfest, which was renamed Wavefest. In 2008, the Pensacola Open was renamed for Randy, a year after he sadly passed away in 2007 at the age of 57.”

The Pounders Open anticipates to attract more than 75 teams from around the region to Foley. A number of teams will be classified as “grassroots,” which will designate them as teams made up of players under the age of 12. The hope is to share the sport with younger generations in order to expand its reach, something Pounders would have loved.

Foley Sports Tourism Event Operations Manager, Angela Sullivan, said the entire staff is looking forward to the tournament.

“It’s exciting to be a part of an event like the Pounders Open,” Sullivan said. “We are doing more than just hosting a tournament. We get to assist in growing a sport and keeping a legacy alive.”

The Pounders Open kicks off at 8 a.m. January 25 – 26 and there is a $5 admission charge.

For more information on this tournament or Foley Sports Tourism event, visit our events page.