Spiked! Pro volleyball tourney to skip Coney Island this summer

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The recession has claimed another casualty: Frolicking bikini-clad athletes in Coney Island.

A professional volleyball league that has made the Boardwalk home for the past four years will skip Coney Island this year — all because of the downturn in the economy.

“It’s no one’s fault,” Matt Dodd, commissioner of the American Volleyball Professionals 2010 tour. “It’s just the world and economy that we’re trying to deal with now.”

Last year, the AVP held tournaments in 16 cities around the U.S. This year, that number has been trimmed to 12 — and half are in California.

The decision to skip Coney Island has left Brooklyn’s biggest cheerleader feeling like someone has just kicked sand in his face.

“I am disappointed that AVP won’t be returning this year after several successful summers in Brooklyn,” said Borough President Markowitz.

The AVP debuted in Coney Island in 2006 and gave Brooklynites an opportunity to see Olympic gold medalists Misty May-Treanor and Kerri Walsh in action (and in bikinis).

Dodd said that he would love to return to the “People’s Playground” one day, but pointed out that AVP will need more sponsors to make that happen.

Updated 5:18 pm, July 9, 2018
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Pooter from Brooklyn heights says:
What a babe - I'm sure that she knows how to spike a good set of balls while wearing a sports bra.
Finally some arrousing news!

Now show some hunky men, and i might just learn to love your paper once again.
May 8, 2010, 7:33 am
Big Lou from Bay Ridge says:
Perhaps Norm at can blog about this since there is nothing more to bore his three readers with on the Nets arena project.
May 9, 2010, 12:35 am
jerry from brighton beach says:
Mr. Markowitz : If the AVP were sucessful in Coney Island they would have been back. Sorry, MR BP, it was a flop. No money made for the AVP, & you probably gave away too many of their tickets. They just didn't make any money. Another bust for you my dear Mr. BP.
May 9, 2010, 7:02 pm

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