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Brothers compete on the sand in Seaside

More than a thousand teams in action
By Kaelia Neal

The Daily Astorian

Published on August 11, 2017 8:25AM

Last changed on August 11, 2017 9:49AM

A competitor in the 2017 Seaside beach volleyball tournament spikes the ball on Thursday during a match in the 18 and under category.

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A competitor in the 2017 Seaside beach volleyball tournament spikes the ball on Thursday during a match in the 18 and under category.

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A competitor goes diving for a dig during an 18 and under match at the Seaside beach volleyball tournament on Thursday.

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A competitor goes diving for a dig during an 18 and under match at the Seaside beach volleyball tournament on Thursday.

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The Seaside beach volleyball tournament kicked off this week as teams from across the country gathered to compete in what is billed as the largest tournament of its kind in the world.

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The Seaside beach volleyball tournament kicked off this week as teams from across the country gathered to compete in what is billed as the largest tournament of its kind in the world.

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A participant in the Seaside beach volleyball tournament gets a face full of sand as he dives for a ball on Thursday.

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A participant in the Seaside beach volleyball tournament gets a face full of sand as he dives for a ball on Thursday.

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SEASIDE — The Basarab brothers started playing volleyball only a year ago, but they found themselves entering the boys doubles 18 and under gold bracket at the 36th annual Seaside beach volleyball tournament.

This is 18-year-old Max Basarab and 16-year-old Erik Basarab’s first contest, but the Vancouver, Washington, duo have been competitive in the world’s largest amateur beach volleyball tournament, which has roughly 1,400 teams competing.

“Mad Max still owning the net!” the game announcer called as the brothers, with matching camouflage shorts, played their last match of the day Thursday.

The Basarab brothers easily defeated a California team 21-12. However, the second set was intense as each team constantly took turns leading.

With Erik’s deep kills and Max’s monster blocks, the Basarab brothers pulled out the victory, 23-21.

After Day One, the brothers won two matches and lost one, advancing into the gold bracket, the highest for their age group.

Being brothers provides them with a different experience on the court.

“I feel like we have more chemistry because we know each other,” said Erik, who started playing volleyball in his high school physical education class.

“It’s pretty fun because we see each other every day,” Max said.

But sometimes it is harder for family members to control their emotions when mistakes are made.

“As brothers we get more on each other,” Max said.

However, the two learned to work well together and move on after errors to get ready for the next play, Erik said.

They said they have learned a lot during the beach volleyball tournament and will be back next year.


If you go


The Seaside beach volleyball tournament runs through Sunday on the sand near The Prom. Follow along online at seasidebeachvolleyball.com





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