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July 2008

2008 High Performance Championships comes to Tucson

The 2008 High Performance Championships comes to Tucson July 23-27. The tournament will be held at the Tucson Convention Center. For the second year in a row, the USA Volleyball High Performance Championships will combine both the boys’ and girls’ events into one concurrent tournament format. Titles up for grabs for girls include Girls’ International Junior, Girls’ International Youth, Girls’ National Youth and Girls’ National Select. Championships to be contested for boys include the Boys’ International Youth and Boys’ National Select.

To increase the festive atmosphere of the event, an Opening Ceremonies and dinner buffet will be held in the Grand Ballroom of the Tucson Convention Center the evening of July 22. Former USA National Team player Kevin Barnett will be the keynote speaker. Deadline to reserve your tickets at the banquet is July 10. Banquet Ticket order form > > >

The Arizona Region has three teams participating in the event. One boys team will compete in the International Youth division. Two girls teams will participate in the International Youth and Girls National Select Divisions. Arizona training team members are:

Boys International Youth Girls International Youth
Brandon Barna     Bianca Arellano S
Ryan Tyler Capko     Rhiannon Cheeks S
Kyle Chapman     Haley Lowrence S
Jeffrey Dumbrell     Rachel Orr S
Tyler Hornacek     Michaela Christiansen L
Samuel Magill     Taylor Lane L
Derek Schwertley     Cayley McLean L
Jordan Sunderhaus     Kaitlynn Ausmus OH
Garrett Voge     Macey Gardner OH
Jake Wekell     Bethany Jorgensen OH
      Davia Lee OH
Tony Oldahi - Head Coach   Jocelyn Leichner OH
Kurstan Olaso - Asst Coach   Betsi Metter OH
      Molly McDonald MB
Girls National Select     Samantha Morse MB
Tatum Lostumo S   Taylor Stephens MB
Anna Panagiotakopoulos S      
Rebecca Schira S   Molly Stark - Head Coach  
Rheanna Sorenson S   Pat Mooney - Asst Coach  
Amanda Benson OH      
Lauren Betlach OH      
Allison Brady OH      
Aly Glosser OH      
Abby Hornacek OH      
Logan Rae OH      
Penina Snuka OH      
Kayla Lederer MB      
Andrea Lowrance MB      
Isabel Miller MB      
Allie Teilborg MB      
Brittany Thomas MB      
         
AJ Malis - Head Coach        
Amanda Burbridge - Asst Coach      

Pool play for all division will take place July 23-25. Bracket play for all divisions will take place on July 26 with the finals of all International Divisions settled that day. Championships for the National Divisions will be completed by 12:30 p.m. on July 27.

Event tickets are $8 per day or a tournament pass can be purchased for $32.

Region Championships Finish off in a Flurry

The 2008 Region Champions were crowned a little later this year than most. Following Memorial Day weekend the Region kicked into gear and crowned the Girls 14's, 16's, 18's and Open Division Champions. The season was pushed back to allow teams to be competitive later into the season and closer to season ending tournaments and the National Championships. This was given mixed reviews and will be a topic of discussion at the Board retreat in July.

Team pictures of all the Region Champions and Finalists > > >

Desert Open Gives Beach Opportunities for 2009

The USA Jr. Beach Tour stop held June 14th and 15th at Victory Lanes Sports Complex gave some local athletes an opportunity to show their game to a USA Volleyball staff and qualify for the 2009 International Beach Developmental Camp held in El Segundo in June of 2009.

Your winners for Desert Open included:

 

Boys U14- Brandon Barrett, (Glendale), and Ryne Benson, (Phoenix), took the gold medal, Johnathan Clark and Drew Davis, (Both of Glendale), earned the silver medal. Boys U18- Kevin Villela and Bobby Schwartzkopf, (Glendale), took the gold, Stevin Solis and Joaquin Santa Cruz, (Avondale), took the silver and Jon Smoot and Christopher Henry, (Gilbert) took the bronze.
Girls U18- Betsi Metter and Anna Gott,(Ahwatukee), topped Melissa New (Phoenix) and Kelsey Janke (Scottsdale) for the gold. Girls U12- Haley and Katrina Morten, (Pearland, Texas) took the gold medal, Victoria Svornic, Scottsdale), and Jordan Anderson, (Phoenix), the silver and Alyssa Steagull and Jemma Yeadon, (Phoenix), the bronze
Girls U14- Hannah Brown and Sydney Schumacher, (Phoenix) won the gold medal, Kayley Siekman, (Glendale), and Allie Svornic, (Scottsdale), the silver with Sarah Sponcil and Amanda Benson, (Phoenix), the bronze. Girls U16- Noel Pagua (Peoria) and Lexi Anderson, (Phoenix), won the gold medal, Sarah Sponcil and Amanda Benson, (Phoenix), the silver and Kirea Mazzolini and Rebecca Sponcil, (Phoenix) the bronze.

 

July 2008

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