March 26, 2023
Hollywood Beach, FL (Center of the Planet)
From Soccer to Footvolley
Most footvolley athletes come from soccer. Few win Championships; however, as such new arrivals to the sport. This oddity happened on Saturday as Marina Leal – a college soccer standout – at Palm Beach Atlantic University ended up winning the Mixed Doubles tournament with Gabriel Sodre (also a collegiate soccer player) from Atlantis University. This was Leal’s second Pro Footvolley Tour event; but this time she made sure she came away with the win.
‘Honestly footvolley is new to me despite growing up in Rio de Janeiro [Brazil]. When you’re so focused on soccer sometimes you don’t get to get into other things – especially footvolley – because now it’s not just a fun hobby sport anymore. The girls take it really serious. So either you go all-in or not. I now have an All-In second sport!’ – Marina happily stated after the win
Marina Leal having fun on Hollywood Beach, FL photo by Robert Aaron
In addition to the Champions – some other strong Mixed Doubles teams played very well including Fernando Plentz with Melony Blanco; Sergio Menezes and Ana Shardong; Carlos Montemor and Daniela Diaz; Martin Pache with Annita Gomes; and Thanos Ntousis with Andrea Gomes.
Phenomenal Mixed Doubles action from Hollywood Beach, FL on March 25, 2023 Pics by Robert Aaron