Ranse Jones Classic

In an oddly karmic twist of fate, Ranseford Jones—known as “Ranse” to his friends and family—passed away just hours after a fundraising volleyball tournament was held in his name. Jones passed away on Nov. 8 after fighting for his life for seven months after suffering a brain aneurysm during a volleyball tournament.

Tragedy struck when the 34-year-old Jones was playing in the Panama City Young Guns AVP Qualifier Beach Volleyball Tournament in Florida last May. In the best shape of his life and giving steady competition to the other participants, tournament officials were alarmed when Jones sat down during his semi-final match. Paramedics were contacted and Jones was rushed to the hospital and eventually diagnosed with a brain aneurysm. Jones, who was currently living in St. Augustine Fla., was on and off life support, placed in a medically induced coma, suffered swelling of his brain, and battled with an array of complicated infections before his eventual passing. A funeral was held on Nov. 14 in Flagler County.

The first Ranse Classic was held Nov. 5-7, with a kick-off party at Bru’s Room in Deerfield Beach, Fla., which was attended by volleyball players from all over the country and from various places around the world, including Misty May-Treanor and Nick Lucena. During the course of the two-day tournament, $30,000 was raised through entrance fees, ticket sales, sponsorships and other donations. In addition to playing volley, Jones surfed and kite-surfed, was an avid traveler and boater, and worked as a Paramedic/EMT/Firefighter.

Originally published in February 2011

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