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Charlie Saikley 6-Man Attracts Volleyball, Basketball Pros

Jul 30, 2014 09:02PM ● By DigMB Staff

Longtime Saikley 6-Man Team Fletch players include Matt Leinart, Luke Walton and Richard Jefferson.

Locals and professional athletes hit the sand south of the Manhattan Beach Pier Wednesday as competition in the legendary Charlie Saikley 6-Man Beach Volleyball Tournament began.

As is typical, Team Fletch, a consistent top team in recent history (the 6-Man tournament began in 1960), had the likes of 2013 Manhattan Beach Open champion Casey Jennings on its roster as well as NBA stars Luke Walton and Richard Jefferson, and NFL star Matt Leinart.

Fans had fun watching Fletch pound down its competition.

Play continues Thursday at 9 a.m. with division championship battles expected to start sometime after 2:30 p.m. in the Open and Master's categories.

The Simmzy's/Becker's Bakery & Deli team won the Open division in 2011 and 2013, and is looking for a three-peat.

6-Man teams typically play in costumes and set up theme tents for gathering, giving the tourney a festive air.

The tournament is free to attend, and is part of the International Surf Festival.

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