The sun was out and the nets were up for a good cause on Saturday at the 13th annual Phi Ball volleyball tournament.
Hundreds of people gathered at Greek Park for the volleyball tournament, which was hosted by Alpha Phi and sponsored by local businesses like Miss Behavin’ and Silvergreens, as well larger companies such as Red Bull. All participants were provided with free sandwiches, various refreshments, a bounce house and snow cones.
The event featured 17 teams from various fraternities, sororities and campus clubs, and ended with a championship match between the volleyball players from Sigma Alpha Epsilon and UCSB’s Surf Team. The Surf Team came out victorious in the final game in spite of SAE’s efforts to clinch the championship.
“It was an intense game, and it was a bummer that we lost, but we all had a ton of fun,” Brad Belote, a SAE player and third-year global studies major, said. “The whole day was a blast.”
The event was the finale of Alpha Phi’s “Phi Week,” which featured numerous events in Isla Vista including a fundraiser at Giovanni’s and the 4th annual “Alpha Male” male beauty pageant.
Megan Spire, vice president of marketing for Alpha Phi, said proceeds from the week of events will be donated to organizations associated with the Alpha Phi foundation that combat heart disease.
“The volleyball tournament was a lot of fun and everyone in Greek Park seemed to really enjoy the music, food and activities,” Spire said. “We ended up raising over $10,000 for cardiac care thanks to Phi Week, the UCSB student body and the local community. I am already looking forward to next year’s event.”
Kalyn Tweet, a third-year communications major, said Phi Ball is consistently a fun way to raise money for cardiac disease.
“Just watching the games was really fun by itself because everyone was so into it,” Tweet said. “Phi Ball is just such a great way to support a really important cause and have fun while doing it.”
The event was organized by the sorority’s Phi Ball Committee, which has spent the majority of the year planning the event.