Play has begun in a 4-on-4 beach volleyball league contested by 11 teams on the beach at Gurney’s Inn in Montauk every Thursday evening, Kathy McGeehan, the longtime coach of East Hampton High School’s girls volleyball team, announced this week.
McGeehan, sidelined at the moment because of meniscus surgery, is the league’s director. Gurney’s, Smart Water, and the Diplomatico Rum Company are the sponsors. There are teams from East Hampton, Montauk, and Shelter Island, and the players range in age from 15 to 50, she said, adding that the competition is keen.
Last Thursday was the first night; the round-robin matches go from 6 p.m. until dark. In first place, with a 6-0 record by the end of the evening, was a team of lifeguards sponsored by Sloppy Tuna — Marta Johann, Peter Johann, Andrew Foglia, David Carman, Katie Osiecki, and Garner Minetree. Air & Speed (Kim Valverde, John Foley, Jon Jamet, Dylan Cucci, and Dan Weaver) were in second, at 5-1.
Among the other competitors are Chris Carney, Jesse Libath, Josh Brussell, L.B. Lownes, Matt Lownes, Carley Seekamp, Jenna Budd, Katie Brierley, Jack Behan, Calli Stavola, Todd Carberry, and Melanie Mackin.
“It’s fun for spectators,” said McGeehan. “We’ve got a D.J. and a bar. . . . We’ll play through Aug. 23.”
In other volleyball news, the girls coach said that “recently our whole team went to a four-day camp at Penn State, and Katie Brierley [a sophomore] and Christina Cangiolosi [a junior] were selected to attend the G.E.V.A. [Garden Empire Volleyball Association] high-performance camp from July 14 to 17. Twelve of the 24 girls from that camp will be picked to play in the high-performance national championships.”