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Pottstown’s ready to Rumble again

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Misty May-Treanor returns for the annual volleyball tourney

STORY WRITTEN BY ERIC DEVLIN 
edevlin@pottsmerc.com
@Eric_Devlin on Twitter

Pottstown >> Volleyball fans from around the country will converge on Pottstown this weekend for one of the area’s most popular events — ­the 24th annual Pottstown Rumble June 25-28. Memorial Park and surrounding fields will be covered with nets as thousands come to town to watch some of the top volleyball athletes in the country compete.
The four-day event begins Thursday morning, June 25, with a visit from three-time Olympic gold medalist Misty May-Treanor, who will hold a youth volleyball clinic called “The Dream in Gold Clinic” with her father, Butch May, himself a 1968 Olympian.
“It’s her marketing tour across the country,” Kaas said. “She wants to give back to the sport of volleyball and give back to the youth. Outdoor volleyball is waning and she’s trying to give back to current generation and show that outdoor is where it’s at.”
The Olympic athlete will hold two sessions at Memorial Park, where she will work one-on-one with junior athletes ages 12-18 to help improve their game. This will be the second time May-Treanor appears in Pottstown. She held the same clinic two years ago but was unable to attend last year’s event as she was pregnant at the time.

In this file photo Olympic gold medalist Misty May-Treanor demonstrates what skills she was looking for during her volleyball clinic held during the Pottstown Volleyball Rumble at Memorial Park. May-Treanor worked closely with several hundred young people, ages 8 to 18. Photo by John Strickler/Digital First Media

In this file photo Olympic gold medalist Misty May-Treanor demonstrates what skills she was looking for during her volleyball clinic held during the Pottstown Volleyball Rumble at Memorial Park. May-Treanor worked closely with several hundred young people, ages 8 to 18. Photo by John Strickler/Digital First Media

On Friday, June 26, volleyball action kicks off. Fans who work up a thirst from watching the games will be in luck as both the Sly Fox Brewing Company and Manatawny Still Works will be selling beer and mixed cocktails, respectively. Through the help of the Craft Ale House and the Pottstown Goodwill Fire Company, the Rumble will host a beer garden by center court on Saturday and Sunday and will feature seven Sly Fox beers on tap.
The games begin with the juniors grass doubles tournament. Registration begins at 8 a.m. and matches start at 9 a.m. Girls and boys ages 10-12, 14 and under, 16 and under and 18 and under will each compete.
Then in the afternoon and early evening, there will be an adult clinic lead by three time Rumble champion Hudson Bates and 2012 indoor Olympian Dave McKenzie. The first session will be from 1- 3:30 p.m. and the second will run from 5:30 – 8 p.m. Participants will work on strategy and technique to help improve their game.
On Friday night Kaas said the Rumble will hold its first ever master’s division two-on-two tournament for the 40 and over crowd.
“It’s for alumni of old who want to get out but don’t want to go against the young, very active players,” Kaas said.
Saturday, June 27, marks the start of the men’s and women’s doubles competition across Memorial Field, Sundstrom Field, the Police Athletic League field and a fourth satellite field at Coventry ball park.
The women’s competition will finish Saturday night, while the men will finish Sunday night. Sunday will also feature the coed doubles, gender blind quad and junior girls quad competitions.
For more information about the Rumble, visit https://pottstownrumble.com/index.php or visit the official Facebook page, which has a link attached to the main site.

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