Professional volleyball players to take to the sand in Halifax this summer

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Hillary Monette of New Minas attempts to block a shot from Norway's Sannarnes Irmelin Torsvik during the opening day of competition in the FIVB Beach Volleyball SWATCH Women's World Junior Championships in Halifax last summer.

Ruth Davenport

Metro

SandJam Halifax is going pro.

The beach volleyball tournament started three years ago as a junior event is returning to the Halifax waterfront this August as an international professional competition.

Derek Martin of Sports & Entertainment Atlantic said the four-day tourney, taking place Aug. 15 to 18, will feature top-ranked teams from Canada, the U.S., England and Germany, competing for the inaugural Canada Cup.

Although the games previously took place during the day, round-robin play on Thursday and Friday will take place at night in the 2000-seat stadium that will be created on the Salter parking lot.

The event will kick off with a professional tennis exhibition, featuring former top seed Jim Courier playing another former legend. Prior to the game, Courier will host a tennis clinic with local young tennis players.

Geographic location: Halifax, Canada, U.S. England Germany

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