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