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Belmar AVP Volleyball

The AVP volleyball tour is returning to Belmar.

Officials have kept a vow they made last year to bring the national volleyball tournament back to borough sands.

“This year the economy is tough and sponsors are hard to find, but by next year the situation will improve, and the AVP plans to return to what it considers one of the top five beaches in the country,” operations vice president Dave Williams had said when last year’s tour was in Ocean City, Md., instead.

While the Northeast leg was in Seaside Heights in 2006 and 2007, it was held in Belmar for 16 years, including 2008.

The June 25 return to Fifth and Ocean avenues will include a commitment from ESPN to televise the women’s finals at 2 p.m. June 27.

“Why we ever decided to leave Belmar, I’ll never know,” Hans Stolfus said in written statement releasing the 2010 schedule. “It’s easily the most beautiful city for volleyball on the Jersey Shore. I don’t care what (cast member of MTV’s “Jersey Shore’) Snooki says.”