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August 2005

Arizona’s Finest Show Finest Finishes at Beach Nationals

The state of Arizona was well represented by a slew of impressive finishes at the 2005 USA Volleyball Junior Beach Championships in Hermosa Beach, California July 22nd and 23rd.

The two day event saw doubles teams from across the country compete in different age divisions for both girls and boys. Nearly all of the Arizona teams competing had participated in the Arizona Region’s Junior Beach program.

Scottsdale’s Tara Mueller and Chandler’s Ashley Kelty backed up their impressive Arizona Region Junior Beach debut season and took second place in the Under 17’s division, losing 21-17, 21-19 in the final.

Ashley Kelty & Tara Mueller 2nd Place 17U

“It was fun.” Mueller said excitedly. “I hadn’t played much beach, so the region tournaments were great. We didn’t get tired at the end of the tournament, and that was a plus.”

In the Under 15’s division, Ahwatukee’s Anna Gott and Betsy Metter also took second place.

Anna Gott & Betsi Metter - 2nd Place 15U

“I loved the beach, even though it didn’t have anything to do with the volleyball.” said Metter. These were the two highest finishes for Arizona Junior beach players since the inception of the Junior Beach Championships.

The event was dominated by Southern California teams, which won each age division and accounted for 84 of the 128 doubles teams playing in the girl’s division. But Arizona had 11 teams finish in the top 10 of their divisions, most of any other participating region.

Notables included:
Danee Quail of Anthem and Tracey Vargas of Phoenix, playing into a higher age group, tied for 9th in the Under 21 division.

Heather Baron and Kami DeWitt, both of Scottsdale finished tied for 9th as well.

Arizona Region Junior Beach 18’s Champions Jenny Makowski and Dani Serna of Peoria took 5th in the Under 18 division.

Arizona Region Junior Beach 16’s Champions Michele Anderson of Phoenix and her partner Sarah Svorinic of Scottsdale finished tied for 9th in the Under 17’s division.

Kandiss Anderson and Makenzie Snyder tied for 5th in the Under 16’s division.

Arizona Region Junior Beach 14’s Champions Madison Orton and Kristy Friesen tied for 9th in the Under 16’s.

Kelsey Brown and Megan Dudzinski, both of Ahwatukee tied for 9th in the under 15’s division.

Melissa Kohl and Lane Wall tied for 17th in the Under 14’s division.

Arizona Region Junior Beach 12’s Champions Alex Anderson and Heidi Thompson of Phoenix took a 5th place tie in the Under 13’s division.

Bianca Arellano of Ahwatukee and Katarina Schulz of Phoenix also tied for 5th.

Phoenix’s Vanessa Eubank and Erica Kane tied for 9th in the under 13’s.

On the boy’s side, Dakota Anderson and Hayden Anderson of Phoenix took third place in the Boys under 13’s division.

Arizona Region Junior Beach Boy’s 12’s and 14’s Champions Andrew Gott and Mitchell Nielson tied for 5th in the boy’s under 13’s.

Andrew Gott & Peter Nooteboom

Andrew also played in the AAU Boys National Championships tournament in Hermosa Beach on July 17th and finished in 2nd place out of 15 boys 12'steams with partner Peter Nooteboom who lives in Manhattan Beach.

Aug 2005

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