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posted: 7/19/2014 7:23 AM

Beach volleyball tournament comes to Rosemont

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  • Margarita Guzman of Colombia dives for the ball during the EVP Rocks Rosemont professional beach volleyball tournament.

       Margarita Guzman of Colombia dives for the ball during the EVP Rocks Rosemont professional beach volleyball tournament.
    Mark Welsh | Staff Photographer

  • The EVP Rocks Rosemont professional beach volleyball tournament started Friday and continues today at MB Financial Park.

       The EVP Rocks Rosemont professional beach volleyball tournament started Friday and continues today at MB Financial Park.
    Mark Welsh | Staff Photographer

  • Karolina Sowala, left, celebrates a victory with teammate Helen Rancourt at the EVP Pro Beach Volleyball Tour Friday at MB Financial Park in Rosemont. The EVP Rocks Rosemont professional beach volleyball tournament continues today; admission is free.

       Karolina Sowala, left, celebrates a victory with teammate Helen Rancourt at the EVP Pro Beach Volleyball Tour Friday at MB Financial Park in Rosemont. The EVP Rocks Rosemont professional beach volleyball tournament continues today; admission is free.
    Mark Welsh | Staff Photographer

 
 

The center of Rosemont's entertainment district has been transformed into a beach to play host to a professional volleyball tournament this weekend.

The EVP Rocks Rosemont championship tournament that kicked off Friday at MB Financial Park features 27 professional men's and women's beach volleyball teams who have qualified after competing in 20 cities across the country, organizers say.

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The athletes are facing off in a series of matches to receive $10,000 worth of cash prizes. The tournament concludes with male and female championship title matches on Saturday.

Among those competing in Friday's contests were 2008 U.S. Olympic gold medalist Lloy Ball and former WNBA star Kelly Schumacher.

Last week, 300 tons of sand were delivered to the park to create the temporary beach.

The games are free to attend.

MB Financial Park is located at 5501 Park Place, east of the Tri-State Tollway and north of Balmoral Avenue.

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