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Sep 10 U15 and U17 Brackets Finish at Beach HPC

July 21, 2012, 8 p.m. (ET)

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HERMOSA BEACH, Calif. (July 21, 2012) – Champions in the under-17 and under-15 divisions were crowned on Saturday at the 2012 USA Volleyball Beach High Performance Championships (Beach HPC).

In the girls’ U17 division, Sarah Sponcil (Phoenix, Ariz.) and Madeline Mertz (Phoenix, Ariz.) defeated Heidi Dyer (San Clemente, Calif.) and Haley Martin (Long Beach, Calif.), 21-15, 21-18 in the gold bracket final.

“It’s definitely different from Arizona,” Mertz said of the Beach HPC. “The fans, the competition, the wind, everything is different. We’ve had to adjust.”

“Sand volleyball is so much fun and we’ll definitely be back,” Sponcil added. “Sand is great because you have to rely on your partner and you have to dig so deep.”

Francesca Goncalves (Dallas) and Raeann Griesen (San Diego, Calif.) finished third in girls’ U17.

In the boys’ U17 bracket, Tyler Cobian (Ventura, Calif.) and Quinn Denkensohn (Santa Barbara, Calif.) beat Connor Inlow (Manhattan Beach, Calif.) and Chase Corbett (Manhattan Beach, Calif.), 21-11, 21-19 in the gold bracket final.

“I was excited. It’s my second year back and the first year went pretty badly,” Denkensohn said. “It was fun coming back with a really solid partner.”

“It’s been really fun,” Cobian added. “Teamwork and communication really helped.”

Nathanael Vander Meer (Holland, Mich.) and Teddy Hesterman (Fort Wayne, Ind.) finished third in boys’ U17.

In the girls’ U15 division, Chanti Holroyd (Mountain View, Calif.) and Shannon Richardson (Los Gatos, Calif.) defeated Jami Stivers (Dallas) and Alex Bass (Dallas) in the gold bracket championship, 23-21, 19-21, 15-11. Mila Anderson (Danville, Calif.) and Avery Arellana (Dallas) placed third.

In the boys’ U15 division, Gage Worsley (Moraga, Calif.) and Alec Doran (Ankeny, Iowa) won the gold bracket championships, beating Erik McCarthy (Redondo Beach, Calif.) and Ellie Anderson (Alameda, Calif.) in the final, 21-13, 21-10. Elijah Margetts (Indianapolis, Ind.) and Logan Glave (Hermosa Beach, Calif.) took third.

The third annual USAV Beach High Performance Championships (Beach HPC) is being held in Hermosa Beach, Calif., and features the best young beach volleyball athletes in the country in an elite competition. The Beach HPC gives participants exposure to international style competition within five separate age divisions. The USAV Beach HP Championships is the marquee event for USA Beach Programs.

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USA Volleyball Beach High Performance Championships

Girls’ U15
1. Chanti Holroyd (Mountain View, Calif.) and Shannon Richardson (Los Gatos, Calif.)
2. Jami Stivers (Dallas) and Alex Bass (Dallas)
3. Mila Anderson (Danville, Calif.) and Avery Arellana (Dallas)

Boys’ U15
1. Gage Worsley (Moraga, Calif.) and Alec Doran (Ankeny, Iowa)
2. Erik McCarthy (Redondo Beach, Calif.) and Ellie Anderson (Alameda, Calif.)
3. Elijah Margetts (Indianapolis, Ind.) and Logan Glave (Hermosa Beach, Calif.)

Girls’ U17
1. Sarah Sponcil (Phoenix, Ariz.) and Madeline Mertz (Phoenix, Ariz.)
2. Heidi Dyer (San Clemente, Calif.) and Haley Martin (Long Beach, Calif.)
3. Francesca Goncalves (Dallas) and Raeann Griesen (San Diego, Calif.)

Boys’ U17
1. Tyler Cobian (Ventura, Calif.) and Quinn Denkensohn (Santa Barbara, Calif.)
2. Connor Inlow (Manhattan Beach, Calif.) and Chase Corbett (Manhattan Beach, Calif.)
3. Nathanael Vander Meer (Holland, Mich.) and Teddy Hesterman (Fort Wayne, Ind.)

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