USA Beach Junior Open Attracts More than 200 Teams

July 25, 2008, 12:43 p.m. (ET)

B.J. Hoeptner Evans
Manager, Media Relations and Publications
Phone: 719-228-6800

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (July 25, 2008) – More than 200 teams participated in the USA Beach Junior Open Championships on July 19 in Manhattan Beach, Calif.

It was the largest attendance ever at any USA Junior Beach Tour event. The event was a joint effort by USA Volleyball and Elevation, which produce the USA Junior Beach Tour, and the California Beach Volleyball Association.

Teams from California dominated the event, winning every age category, except the boys’ 18-and-under division, where Manuel De Jesus and Rafael Melendez from Guaynabo, Puerto Rico, defeated Vaun Lennon (Westchester, Calif.) and Steven Irvin (Pacific Palisades, Calif.), 21-15, 21-19, to win the gold medal.

In the girls’ 18-and-under devision, Ashley Tennant (Long Beach, Calif.) and Liz Younglove (Corona, Calif.) defeated Lydia Rudnick and Kara Vincitorio of Encinitas, Calif., 23-21 in the final.

Eric Mochalski (Manhattan Beach, Calif.) and John Caroompas (Laguna Niguel, Calif.) won the boys’ 16-and-under title by defeating Alex Reed (Dana Point, Calif.) and Sam O’Brien (Laguna Niguel, Calif.), 21-19 in the final. Natalie Hagglund and Kelly Reeves of San Diego took the girls’ 16-and-under title from Kelcie Randazzo (Whittier, Calif.) and Julie Consani (Newport Beach, Calif.) with a 21-4 victory in the final.

Matt Butler (Huntington Beach, Calif.) and Vinnie Rios (Torrance, Calif.) defeated Kyle Baily (Huntington Beach, Calif.) and Parker Brown (Corona Del Mar, Calif.) in the boys’ 14-and-under final, 22-20. Sara Hughes (Costa Mesa, Calif.) and Justine Wong-Orantes (Cypress, Calif.) won the girls’ 14-and-under final over Kate Sommer (Pacific Palisades, Calif.) and Lauren Fuller (Manhattan Beach, Calif.) with a 22-20 score.

Davis and Hyden Boehle of Los Angeles defeated Cole Miscek (Sherman Oaks, Calif.) and Trevor Cooper (Camarillo, Calif.) in the boys’ 12-and-under final, 28-22. Mary Anselmo and Lan Nguyen of Manhattan Beach defeated Elise Zappia (Huntington Beach, Calif.) and Christian Jones (Lakewood, Calif.) in the final of the girls’12-and-under bracket, 21-11.

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