Vail Hosts Mountain Open Beach Junior Event

June 23, 2009, 7:54 p.m. (ET)

Maura Gladys
Intern, Media Relations and Publications
Phone: 719-228-6800

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (June 23, 2009) – Teams from Colorado Springs dominated the 2009 Mountain Open, held June 20 in Vail, Colo.

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.

Stormy weather caused the cancellation of some third-place matches.

Gabriella and Katherine Rifilato (Denver, Colo.) won the Girls’ U-18 Division with a 21-16, 21-15 win over Kenzie and Mikayla Shippy (Pueblo, Colo.). Breanna Cullity (Colorado Springs, Colo.) and Kelsi Klikus (Colorado Springs, Colo.) finished third.

Hannah Huffman (Colorado Springs, Colo.) and Jenae Vander Ploeg (Colorado Springs, Colo.) took top honors in the Girls’ U-16 Division. They defeated Kristin Lee (Colorado Springs, Colo.) and Sarah Kosbab (Colorado Springs, Colo.), 21-16, 17-21, 15-10. The team of McKenzie Kessel (Colorado Springs, Colo.) and Tammy King (Colorado Springs, Colo.) tied Jeffri and Ginni Mulder (Denver, Colo.) for third place.

The Girls’ U-14 Division saw Kenzie Swan (Colorado Springs, Colo.) and Regan Waneka (Colorado Springs, Colo.) defeat Jordan Pingel (Colorado Springs, Colo.) and Alexa Smith (Colorado Springs, Colo.), 25-20 for first place. Hannah Patton (Denver, Colo.) and Katie Pyles (Denver, Colo.) rounded out the division in third place.

Celeste James (Colorado Springs, Colo.) and Maddee Morely (Colorado Springs, Colo.) won the Girls’ U-12 Division, beating Holly Huffman (Colorado Springs, Colo.) and Allegra Shippy (Pueblo, Colo.), 21-15, 21-19. Regan Pinello (Colorado Springs, Colo.) and Jenna Price (Colorado Springs, Colo.) took third place.

On the boys’ side, Cody Kessel (Colorado Springs, Colo.) and Chris Iverson (Colorado Springs, Colo.) won the U-18 Division with a 25-18 win over Joshua Ross (Colorado Springs, Colo.) and Monty Bernard (Colorado Springs, Colo.). Adam Archuletta (Denver, Colo.) and Jordan Rich (Denver, Colo.) tied Joshua Hoepfner (Colorado Springs, Colo.) and Seth Miller (Colorado Springs, Colo.) for third place.

Trevor Burr (Denver, Colo.) and Michael Courtois (Denver, Colo.) took top honors in the Boys’ U-16 Division. They defeated Drew Johnson (Colorado Springs, Colo.) and Keifer Tuck (Colorado Springs, Colo.) who took silver. Due to inclement weather the third-place match could not be played, and so the duo of Hunter Noon (Denver, Colo.) and Jeff Houghton (Denver, Colo.) tied with Mitch Bonica (Denver, Colo.) and Mike Banich (Denver, Colo.) for third.

In the U-14 Boys’ Division, Mitchell Decker (Denver, Colo.) and Matthew Mclaren (Denver, Colo.) took first place with a 21-17, 21-19 win over Matthew Fracassini (Colorado Springs, Colo.) and Jake Reed (Denver, Colo.). Thomas King (Colorado Springs, Colo.) and Klinton Spencer (Colorado Springs, Colo.) tied Amon Frazier (Colorado Springs, Colo.) and David Peterson (Colorado Springs, Colo.) for the third spot.
The duo of Hector Calar (Colorado Springs, Colo.) and Laney Swan (Colorado Springs, Colo.) took top honors in the Boys’ U-12 Division.

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.