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July 2006
Kelsey Brown and Betsi Metter sporting their Gold Medals in the Under 14's Division

AZ Junior Beach Makes Impact at Jr. Beach Nationals!!!

Arizona’s beach royalty took on the rest of the country July 21-22 at Dockweiler Beach in El Segundo, Ca. for the USAV Beach Junior Olympic Championships.

Betsi Metter and Kelsey Brown, both from Ahwatukee and the 14’s champions in the Arizona Region Junior Beach Program, took the gold medal in the Under 14’s division with a convincing 21-9, 21-18 win over Dalas Dodd of Manhattan Beach, (AVP Legend Mike Dodd’s daughter), and S.J. Coons (Los Angeles). It caps a beach season where Brown and Metter won 4 of the 5 tournaments in the Arizona Junior Beach season they entered together as well. Metter who just turned 14, also had two first place finishes, and two second place finishes in the girl’s 16’s division in which she won the season point total.

Anna Gott, also from Ahwatukee, and her partner Kendra Glendenning (Clovis, Ca.) took the silver medal in the girl’s Under 16 age group. Gott and Glendenning lost to Tara Roenicke (Alta Loma, Ca.) and her partner Elizabeth Younglove (Clovis, Ca.) 21-18, 13-21, 8-21. Gott called her 21-19, 8-21, 15-13 semifinal thriller over Lane Carico (Manhatten Beach) and Kelly Holford (Long Beach) “the most amazing game of my life!”

In the upper age groups, Tracee Vargas and Danee Quail took the silver medal in the girl’s Under 20’s division losing to Jade and Jazmin Machado (Encinitas) in the final. Both teams qualified for the main draw of the FIVB Junior World Championships on Aug. 23-27 in Myslowice, Poland.

Arizona was the only state other than California to have three top two finishes in the 152 team tournament.

Before the USAV Beach Junior Olympic Championships, several members of the Arizona Junior Beach program participated in the USAV Beach High Performance camp held in the same locale July 18-20th.

HP Beach Campers on the beach in El Segundo, California
Back Row: Melissa New, Ashley Kelty, Anna Gott, Betsi Metter
Front Row: Kelsey Brown, Vanessa Eubank, Natasha Lucero, Michelle Hein, Sarah Sponcil, Lexi Anderson

July 2006

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