Harman, Rottman Brothers Having Big Summer on Volleyball Court | Sports


A pair of Santa Barbara families are enjoying a big summer on the volleyball court.

Twin brothers Ford and Will Harman, and the Rottman siblings, Will and Alex, have put together some impressive performances on the grass and sand and in the gym.

The Harmans, 16, standout junior student athletes at Santa Barbara High, spent July in Hawaii, training at the renowned Outrigger Canoe Club in Honolulu. While there, they combined with Hawaii prep stars Kai Rodriguez and Will Niethammer, both 16, to win the Boys U18 Division and the Men’s B Division titles at the Kailua Luau 4-Man Grass Tournament.


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High schoolers, from left, Will Niethammer of Hawaii, twin brothers Will and Ford Harman of Santa Barbara, and Kai Rodriguez of Hawaii, won two division titles at the Kailua Luau 4-Man Tournament in Honolulu. (Courtesy photo)

In the U18 final, they beat a formidable team that included 6-foot-7 Kainoa Wade, the son of University of Hawaii men’s volleyball coach Charlie Wade.

The Harman boys then played on an Outrigger Canoe Club-sponsored men’s indoor team in the Hawaii 5-0 Indoor Classic. Teams in the tournament included past and present University of Hawaii players, professional players and members of the US Men’s National Team.

Earlier this summer, the Harman brothers played on the Santa Barbara Coast Volleyball Club’s 16s indoor team that placed fifth in the top division at the AAU Boys National Championships in Orlando. Ford Harman earned All-American honors.

Last week, Ford Harman combined with Hawaii’s Rodriguez to win the U18 division title at the California Beach Volleyball Association “Tour Stop” event at East Beach. The victory earned them a berth in the CBVA Cal Cup on Aug. 21 in Santa Monica.

Ford Harman holds a CBVA “AA” rating.

The Rottman brothers both earned “AAA” ratings on the beach.

Will Rottman, who completed his junior indoor season at Stanford and led the Cardinal to the NCAA Final, took second place at the Manhattan Beach Pier Open last weekend with partner Shane Cervantes of Santa Barbara.

Alex Rottman, who graduated from Santa Barbara High in June and is headed to Stanford in the fall, earned the highest player rating in the CBVA by winning the Santa Barbara “AA” tournament at East Beach with local player Mike Stewart.

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