ITMA Volleyball Tournament 2017

Thank you Volleyball

The 2017 ITMA Volleyball Tournament & Family Fun Day was held on October 7th at Third Coast Volleyball.  It was a beautiful day for the tournament. The weather cooperated except for a little too much heat and humidity at the end of the day.
The tournament was played with eight teams - pool play into two different tournament brackets.  Each team got six games in pool play and at least one more game in tournament play.  The winner of the championship bracket was GT Express and the winner of the silver bracket was NDS/GIS.  Congratulations to both winning teams.  
None of this could have happened without the help of all our sponsors for this event.  I especially want to thank our main sponsors - our Gold Sponsors - Pinch Transportation (Thank you to Mr. Brooks Elliott) and BBC - (Thank you to Ms. Myriam Diephaus) - our Silver Sponsor (Thank you to Ms. Kayla Yates) - And our lunch sponsor Avalon Risk Management (Thank you to Ms. Christie Brush).
I want to thank our court sponsors - West Gulf Maritime Association, Gulf Stream Marine, Clark Freight Lines, World Trade Distribution, Staff Logistics, Bahri Logistics, Versabucket, and Bertling Logistics.  A special mention to Versabucket and Bertling Logistics who when they saw a difficulty in fielding a team allowed their team sponsorship to be converted into a court sponsorship.  A special thank you to Chuck Rollin and David Boozer for doing that.  Our main sponsors - BBC, Pinch Transportation, and HubTrucker were also court sponsors.  
A thank you to all the companies involved with team sponsorships:  Fagioli, MACS, Panalpina, Hubtrucker, FR8AGENT, BBC, NDS/GIS, Staff Logistics, and GT Express.  Without team sponsors, we would not be able to play.
We also had some student volunteers come out and help us set up and collect money.  A special thank you to Jiyoung Kim and Elizabeth Catata.  I especially want to thank Simon Luong for not only helping out but for staying all day and playing on a team.  
Thank you to the other board members that came out and helped on this day, Mitch Heiserman, Kayla Yates, and Christie Brush.  A special thank you to Christie Brush for all her help throughout the day.  
I want to thank our other sponsors as well.  Thank you to Bigge Crane & Rigging for their beer sponsorship, FR8AGENT for the DJ Sponsorship, NDS/GIS for the Gatorade Sponsor, New You Texas for their water sponsorship, Proven Logistics Solutions for their Soft Drink Sponsorship, and Avalon Risk Management for the Lunch Sponsorship.  
I also want to thank the vendors who helped us with the event.  A special thank you to Third Coast Volleyball for their spectacular venue and Don Carlos Mexican Restaurant for the awesome fajita lunch.  
All the thanks and help mentioned above are personal to me.  Without everyone's involvement, this would not have happened.  I do have one more special thank you - to the love of my life Rayna Vessels - who without her help I would not have been able to get this done.  
I hope to see all of you next year at the 2018 ITMA Volleyball Tournament and Family Fun Day.
As they say at Third Coast Volleyball, "cya in the sand"!
Loren Bruening
ITMA Special Events Director
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