Washington hosts USA Beach Junior Tour

June 15, 2009, 6:33 p.m. (ET)

USAV Beach Contact: B.J. Hoeptner Evans
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Release by:  Maura Gladys
Intern, Media Relations and Publications
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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (June 15, 2009) – Junior beach volleyball teams from Washington and Oregon dominated the USA Beach Volleyball Western Open held June 13 in Seattle.

The tournament is part of the USA Beach Volleyball Junior Tour, a series of beach volleyball events held around the country. Age divisions range from under-12 to under-20.

Bridget Logan (Kenmore Wash.) and Kelcey Dunaway (Seattle, Wash.) won the U-20 girls division, defeating Brianne Gregory (Bremerton, Wash.) and Glenda Schuster (Lacey, Wash.), 2-0 (24-22, 21-6). Coming in third was the team of Anya Silva (Lynwood, Wash.) and Jessica Levine (Lynwood, Wash.).

In the U-18 girls division, Marlayna Geary (Tacoma, Wash.) and Janelle Chow (Mercer Island, Wash.) beat Molly McLain (University Place, Wash.) and McKenzie Teigan (University Place, Wash.), 2-0 (21-14, 21-15) to earn first place honors. Coming in third was Kayla Reno (Spanaway, Wash.) and Nicole Faircloud (Renton, Wash.), who won 2-0 (21-0, 21-0).

The U-16 girls division saw Kasey Schlatter (Camby, Ore.) and Tia Withers (Beaverton, Ore.) take top honors. They defeated Brooke Litsky (University Place, Wash.) and Kylie Shaffer (University Place, Wash.) 2-0 (21-6, 21-7). Earning third place was the duo of Hayley Bedell (Bothell, Wash.) and Taylor Brooks (Seattle, Wash.).

Taylor Buell (Lakewood, Wash.) and Ceaira Robinson (University Place, Wash.) defeated Sophia Black (Seattle, Wash.) and Katrina Lane (Seattle, Wash.) 2-0 (21-9, 21-15) to take the U-14 girls division title. Coming in third was the team of Lindsay Schelbert (Tacoma, Wash.) and Lexi White (Auburn, Wash.), who won by a score of 2-1 (21-17, 12-21, 15-5).

In the U-12 girls division, Natalee Miller (Spanaway, Wash.) and Kyla Ogburn (Graham, Wash.) defeated Eva Linden (Milton, Wash.) and Reghan Pukis (Tacoma, Wash.), 2-0 (21-19, 21-15) for first-place honors. Camryn Buell (Lakewood, Wash.) and Kaycee Shaffer (University Place, Wash.) took third with a 2-0 (21-16, 21-8) win.

On the boys’ side, Max Ozuna (Seattle, Wash.) and Matthew West (Seattle, Wash.) defeated Max Elkin (Bellevue, Wash.) and Derek Holing (Kent, Wash.) in the U-18 division by a score of 2-1 (19-21, 22-20, 11-15). The duo of Brett Blankson (Bellevue, Wash.) and Kai Coburn (Edmonds, Wash.) came in third, winning 2-0 (21-0, 21-0)

The next events on the USA Beach Volleyball Junior Tour will be the Mountain Open on June 20 in Vail, Colo. , and the Southern Open on June 21 in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.