COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (May 23, 2013) The Texas Spring Open blew in light breezes and 117 teams to compete in the second weekend of the 2013 USA Volleyball Junior Beach Tour on May 18 in Galveston, Texas.
The top three teams in each division earned bids for the Invitational Division at the National Championships on July 27-28 in Milwaukee, Wis.
Almost 20 more teams competed in this year’s event than in 2012, tournament director, Vic Clifford, said. He expects to see an increase in his next two USAV Junior Beach tournaments (The Houston Open and the Texas Summer Grand Slam) as well.
All 14 teams that earned bids in the six divisions at the Texas Spring Open were from Texas.
Eleven teams competed in the girls’ 18-and-under age group. Morgan MacFilvary (Plano, Texas) and Jourdan Durante (Mansfield, Texas) netted gold after defeating Audrey Alford (Fort Worth, Texas) and Elyse Berlin (Fort Worth, Texas), who finished second. Paige Parent (Rockwall, Texas) and Christina McAfee (Kennedale, Texas) placed third after defeating Skyeler Aguago (Houston) and Erika Edrington (Houston).
The girls’ 16U racked up the most teams in their division, with 44. Francesca Goncalves (Dallas) and Alexa Bass (Coppell, Texas) earned first place, Arissa Chappell (Oak Point, Texas) and Baylii Bieke (Oak Point, Texas) finished second and third place went to Hannah Hester (Midlothian, Texas) and Aeriel Horton (Waxahachie, Texas).
The girls’ 14U also had a large turnout with 42 teams. Ashley Robert (McKinney, Texas) and Haley Hallgren (Southlake, Texas) grabbed first place after defeating Ashlyn Rasnik-Pope (Frisco, Texas) and Ginger Stephenson (Rowlett, Texas), who placed second. Alina Lam (Allen, Texas) and Angelee Ng (Colony, Texas) defeated Raigen Cianciulli (The Woodlands, Texas) and Kaylee Frazier (The Woodlands, Texas) for third place.
Madi Rice (Southlake, Texas) and McKenzie Nichols (Southlake, Texas) took first in the 12U, comprised of 13 teams. Sedona Giambalvo (Plano, Texas) and Sarah Sheffield (Sachse, Texas) finished second while Harper Hallgren (Southlake, Texas) and Kendall Gilpin (Southlake, Texas) grabbed third.
Nathan Michalk (Iola, Texas) and Broderick Miller (Round Rock, Texas) took first in the boys’ 14U division while Gabriel Roden (Pearland, Texas) and Shawn Ware (Pearland, Texas) captured first place in the boys’ 12U division.
The NorCal Grand Slam (June 1 in Santa Cruz, Calif.) and the Houston Open (June 1-2 in Houston) are the next two upcoming events in the USAV Junior Beach Tour.
For more information or to register, visit teamusa.org/USA-Volleyball/Events/Beach/2013-USAV-Junior-Beach-Tour.aspx.