Cloudy skies did not stop the bikini-clad masses from flocking to Greek Park this weekend, as over 500 people attended the Alpha Tau Omega fraternity’s All-Sorority Volleyball Tournament on Saturday.
The event, which raised over $2,000 for the families of the victims of the Goleta Postal Distribution Center shooting, featured 18 teams of sorority girls competing in volleyball matches at Greek Park and at the Phi Sigma Kappa and Kappa Sigma volleyball pits. UCSB’s Kappa Alpha Theta sorority won the tournament, beating out teams from UCSB, UC Davis and UCLA.
ASVT Co-Organizer Schad VanLeeuwen, a third-year business economics major, said the annual tournament is designed to bring members of the Isla Vista community together to raise money for charity.
“It’s a fucking all-around great day,” VanLeeuwen said. “Girls in bikinis, playing volleyball and raising money for a local cause.”
VanLeeuwen said this is ATO’s second year hosting the tournament, which was previously coordinated by the now-defunct Lambda fraternity. ATO raised approximately $8,000 through the event, but after paying fees for private security personnel, extra I.V. Foot Patrol officers and the rental of Greek Park, the fraternity has between $2,000 and $3,000 to give to charity.
“[Isla Vista Recreation and Park District] charged us an arm and a leg [for the park rental fee],” VanLeeuwen said. “We also had to pay the IVFP for extra officers.”
ASVT Co-Organizer Kevin Pollack, a third-year English and philosophy major, said he thinks this year’s tournament ran smoothly, despite the concerns voiced by the IVRPD that the event would get out of control.
“In the past, [alcohol-related] citations have been a problem and [the IVRPD] didn’t even want us to do it this year,” Pollack said. “But everything went really smoothly with the DJ spinning tunes, everyone dancing and having a great time.”
Officer Mark Ward, one of five IVFP deputies assigned to patrol Greek Park, said he thinks it was easy to keep the crowds at the tournament under control. He said the security personnel at the park were just focused on ensuring the safety of everyone who attended the tournament.
“It’s a lovely day and we just want to look out for any criminal activity that would harm these wonderful people,” Ward said.
UCSB Alpha Phi volleyball team member Claudia Plascencia, a first-year political science major, said she enjoyed the tournament because it gave her a chance to get closer to the rest of the greek community in I.V.
“This is an amazing opportunity for all of the sororities and fraternities to bond together as one and help in a collective cause,” Plascencia said.
David Fuad, a senior law & society major, said he woke up early to attend the tournament, but he thinks it was worth the lost sleep.
“People look forward to this event all year long,” Fuad said. “It’s the best party of the year.”
UCSB Pi Beta Phi volleyball team member Stephanie Carter, a first-year English major, said the event was fun for her because she enjoys competing against the other teams.
“ASVT is an amazing event,” Carter said. “My favorite parts are the outfits, kicking butt and looking hot.”