PANAMA CITY, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - Saturday was a jolly good time for the North Bay Haven volleyball program, highlighted by a pair of firsts.
Head coach Frank Corbin said it was the first time in the program's seven year history the Buccaneers have hosted a regional round-robin volleyball tournament.
When the Jolly Roger Tournament wrapped up, North Bay Haven was crowned as the event's first champion.
The Bucs went 5-0, sweeping pool play and defeating Bay in a three-set championship match.
The tournament was conceived by Corbin as a chance for smaller schools to be the focal point of a major tournament rather than an after thought.
"Everybody was really surprised because nobody ever really focuses on the small schools or hosting a tournament just for them," Corbin said. "A lot of these schools have the opportunity to come in and get a lot of matches in one day, so it's really beneficial for them to do just that."
In addition to the hosts, Rocky Bayou, Altha, Franklin, Bozeman, South Walton, Bay, Cottondale, Chipley and Port St. Joe were divided into two groups, each side playing a match against the other four teams in division.
The Bucs improve to 11-1 on the season. For the champs and everyone else in attendance, the Jolly Roger is a quality litmus test at this point of the season.
"Our team is young, so we didn't know quite where we'd fit in," Corbin said. "All these teams, they're so equal in their skill level and their skill set, and not only that, some of these teams are going to see each other in the playoffs. It gives the coaches an opportunity to come in, see who's got what and who can do what."
North Bay Haven continues its season with a home rematch against Bay on Monday night.