COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (June 19, 2013) – The Central Open 1 dug up 40 teams to compete in the 2013 USAV Junior Beach Tour on June 15 in Milwaukee, Wis.
The top three teams in each of the four divisions division earned bids for the Invitational Division at the National Championships on July 27-28 in Milwaukee, Wis.
Nine teams competed in the girls’ 18-and-under division where Jessica Johnson (Oswego, Ill.) and Molly Turner (Oswego, Ill.) netted first place. Julia Thompson (Fox River Grove, Ill.) and Lyndi Scholl (Kaneland, Ill.) finished second, while Kristen Buetow (St. Charles, Ill.) and Stephanie Coates (Oswego, Ill.) earned third.
The pair of Nina Valaitis (Oswego, Ill.) and Emily Carroll (Elburn, Ill.) finished on top of the 16U group, where 15 teams competed. Megan Skibinski (Oswego, Ill.) and Angela Zheng (Naperville, Ill.) came in second while third place went to Julia Golbeck (Sugar Grove, Ill.) and Christine Miller (St. Charles, Ill.).
The 14U division had eleven teams competing, where Rylie Vaughn (Hatley, Wis.) and Mariah Whalen (Wausau, Wis.) captured the first-place finish. Devin Gillespie (Waterford, Wis.) and Dana Fretty (Mequon, Wis.) grabbed second place, while Isabella Kuechenburg (Lowell, Ind.) and Rachel Bontrager (Valparaiso, Ind.) finished third.
All three teams that participated in the 12U division earned bids to the National Championship. Chloe Tome (Milwaukee, Wis.) and Olivia Reilly (Shorewood, Wis.) finished first, the pair of Ellie Strimaitis (Whitefish Bay, Wis.) and Madeleine Harris (Whitefish Bay, Wis.) came in second, while Anne Marie Karnes (Fox Point, Wis.) and Ellen Cyganiak (Whitefish Bay, Wis.) placed third.
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.