Florida Junior Beach Players Shine at Southern Open

June 22, 2009, 7:09 p.m. (ET)

Maura Gladys
Intern, Media Relations and Publications
Phone: 719-228-6800
E-Mail: Maura.Gladys@usav.org

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (June 22, 2009) – Florida players dominated medal stand at the 2009 Southern Open, held June 21 in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

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.

Jessica McGregor (Groveland, Fla.) and Aurora Newgard (Groveland, Fla.) won the Girls’ U-18 division, defeating Jessica Potanovic (Fort Myers, Fla.) and Marissa Marazzi (Fort Myers, Fla.), 21-13. Molly Alexander (Jensen Beach, Fla.) and Sarah Wickstron (Jensen Beach, Fla.) came in third.

In the Girls’ U-16 division Julie Brown (Oviedo, Fla.) and Kayla Joyce (Oviedo, Fla.) took the top spot defeating Nikki Naccarato (Wellington, Fla.) and Libby Dusinberre (Boynton Beach, Fla.), 21-17. Clarrisa Termaat (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.) and Ashley Navarrete (Pembrook Pines, Fla.) took third place, winning 21-13.

The Girls’ U-14 Division saw Macie Tendrich (Boynton Beach, Fla.) and Lauren Miko (Boynton Beach, Fla.) take top honors. They beat Kara Schwantes (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.) and Brittany Pellitteri (Deerfield, Fla.), 21-13. Meghan Conway (Stuart, Fla.) and Danielle Dodge (Stuart, Fla.) earned third place with a 21-12 win.

Nikki Lyons (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.) and Julia Lewkowitz (Corral Springs, Fla.) won the Girls’ U-12 Division with a 21-9 victory over Brianna Marazzi (Fort Myers, Fla.) and Thanewe Kangwa (Fort Myers, Fla.). Victoria Villegas (Miami, Fla.) and Manuela Fernandez (Miami, Fla.) earned third place.

Joseph Aubrey (Corral Springs, Fla.) and Scarlett Dalacio (Corral Springs, Fla.) won the Boys’ U-14 Division with a 21-15 win over Zach Kasten (Corral Springs, Fla.) and Alex Meyer (Boca Raton, Fla.). Martin Murphy (Boca Raton, Fla.) and Eli Rosen (Del Rey, Fla.) grabbed third place with a 24-22 win.

The Boys’ U-16 Division was won by Connor Dalton (Paml Beach Gardens, Fla.) and Tyler Rapport (Palmetto, Fla.). They defeated Sam Deskin (Jupiter, Fla.) and Matt Clayton (Jupiter, Fla.), 21-13. Mac Mahey (West Palm Beach, Fla.) and Caol Kohney (Pompano, Fla.) finished third.

Patrick Callahan (Deerfield, Fla.) and Ryckur Schuttler (Boca Raton, Fla.) took top honors in the Boys’ U-18 Division. They beat James Zayak (Loxahatchee, Fla.) and Jared Blount (Loxahatchee, Fla.), 21-10. Coming in third was the duo of Tyler Mulcahy (Jupiter, Fla.) and Chris Vasata (Jupiter, Fla.)

The next event on the USA Beach Volleyball Junior Tour will be the Gulf Coast Open on July 12, in Siesta Key, Fla. Click here for more information and registration.

To view Southern Open results with photos, click here.