Cayman 27 – ARCHIVE

Cayman’s NORCECA players look to prove age ain’t nothing but a number

Cayman’s beach volleyball players this weekend are out to show it’s more about heart than age as they represent both extremes of the age spectrum.

On one end, Cayman’s 14-year old women’s player Marissa Harrison is the youngest player at the tournament… by far. On the other end, men’s player Olney Thompson is the oldest player at 48-years old.

Cayman 27’s Kevin Morales stopped by to chat with them about proving age ain’t nothing but a number.

“It’s really exciting to be the youngest,” said Harrison, who was a late addition to Cayman’s second women’s team. “Definitely think it’s gonna elevate my game just with all the competition and playing with the older girls.”

She’s an accomplished player who reached Team USA standards for her age division after moving from Cayman to California in 2010. As good as she is, she’s never played against professional players twice her age.

“I mean of course I’m gonna be a little nervous,” she said. “I’ve just got to focus on my own game and just focus on what I’m doing and not really who the competition is.”

Thompson, meanwhile has played on the NORCECA tour for roughly 15 years.

“It is fun to be honest, competing against the younger guys, knowing I still have that youth still in me,” Thompson said. “I don’t know where it comes from, but it’s still there. It’s not about numbers. It’s about just bringing that level across to the youth and letting them see the fun involved.”

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Kevin Morales

Kevin Morales

Cayman 27 News Director Kevin Morales is an award-winning journalist with more than 12 years of experience. Kevin is a Milwaukee, Wis., native. He graduated with a bachelor's degree in journalism in 2005 from the University of Minnesota. He's a proud father and a loyal fan of the Green Bay Packers, Milwaukee Brewers, Milwaukee Bucks and U of M Golden Gophers.

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