The NVL opened its 2014 season with the Texas Pro Beach Championships in Dallas, May 22-24. Pri Piantadosi-Lima and Karolina Sowala (who was last year’s NVL Queen of the Beach) took the women’s title, defeating Jessica Stubinsky and Dalida Vernier 21-18, 21-8. Canadians Josh Binstock and Sam Schachter won their second consecutive Dallas NVL tournament with a 21-17, 21-19 victory over Floridians Drew Mallin and Dave Palm.
The Texas tournament featured the inaugural Saturday Night Lights format, with the finals played on Saturday night followed by a family-friendly beach party. It was also the debut of singer/songwriter Kelley James, who earlier this month signed on as the “Voice of the NVL.” The NVL will feature the Saturday Night Lights format in its next two tournaments in Atlanta, Georgia, and Cincinnati, Ohio.