Junior Beach Tour Reaches West Coast

By Kristina Harter | June 18, 2013, 2:49 p.m. (ET)

Kristina Harter, Communications Intern, Phone: (719) 228-6800, Email: Kristina.harter@usav.org
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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (June 18, 2013) – The 2013 USAV Junior Beach Tour held events in Chula Vista, Calif., and Portland, Ore., on June 15-16.

SoCal Open Recap - Full Results

Sunshine and clear skies guided seven junior beach teams to earn National Championship bids at the 2013 USAV Junior Beach Tour SoCal Open on June 15-16 in Chula Vista, Calif.

The top three teams in each division are allotted bids to the Invitational Division at the National Championships happening July 27-28 in Milwaukee, Wis.

In the 18-and-under division, Ariana Homayun (West Hills, Calif.) and Laurel Weaver (West Hills, Calif.) were crowned first place, Julia Mannisto (Thousand Oaks, Calif.) and Sierra Sanchez (Santa Clarita, Calif.) finished second, while Samantha Manley (Escondido, Calif.) and Jessica Gaffney (Temecula, Calif.) grabbed third.

Five teams competed in the 16U division where the San Diego team of Iya Lindahl and Cali Bunn finished first. Emily Graham (Rancho Santa Fe, Calif.) and Megan Scherer (Leucadia, Calif.) captured second and third place went to Alana Lucas (Trabuco Canyon, Calif.) and Evy Roberts (Laguna Niguel, Calif.).

As the only team in the 14U, Hannah Martin (Cardiff, Calif.) and Evie Graham (Rancho Santa Fe, Calif.) automatically placed first and earned a bid to the National Championships. 

Portland Junior Open Recap - Full Results

One state north of the SoCal Open, an additional six teams qualified for the Invitational Division bids at the Portland Junior Open on June 15-16 in Portland, Ore.

Megan ODonnell and Elena Herboth (Portland, Ore.) grabbed an automatic first place finish as the only team 12-and-under division. However, they also competed in the 14U division where they finished fifth.

In the 14U division, Abigail Sparkman and Katelynne Lyon (Meridian, Idaho) captured first place, while Portland natives Sonja Stark and Kylie Unruh (Portland, Ore.) earned second.  A third-place tie was between Yvette Stoffels (Portland, Ore.) and Emily Webster (Tigard, Ore.) along with the team of Claire Dauenhaure (Portland, Ore.) and Sophia Dauenhauer (Portland, Ore.). Both third place teams received bids to Milwaukee.

The solo 18U division team of Lauren Harris (Camas, Wash.) and Halie Hansel (Washougal, Wash.) automatically grabbed first place and also qualified for the National Championships.

Upcoming Junior Beach Tour Events

Five USAV Junior Beach Tour events scheduled for this upcoming weekend include the Santa Monica Open (June 22 in Santa Monica, Calif.), the Heart of America Open (June 22-23 in Kansas City, Mo.), the Lone Star Beach Classic (June 22-23 in Austin, Texas), the Central Open 2 (June 23 in Milwaukee, Wis.) and the Great Lakes Open (June 23 in Rochester, N.Y.)

 For more information or to register, visit teamusa.org/USA-Volleyball/Events/Beach/2013-USAV-Junior-Beach-Tour.aspx.