Sunday, 14 Jul 2024

USA National Beach Tour Junior Championship Is One for the Books

The USA National Beach Tour Junior Championship in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., was a thrilling six-day event that showcased the best of competitive beach volleyball. From July 10 to 15, young athletes from different age groups battled it out on the sands, leaving spectators in awe.

Boys 16U Open

The Boys 16U Open category saw intense competition, with standout performances from teams like Keeter/Rosenthal, Cortado/Strawbridge, Girard/Blanchette, and Massey/Sheehan.

Boys 12U Open

In the Boys 12U Open division, Mowery/Lamb, Houston/Scott, Dicken/Hertzel, and Oliveira/Coppedge exhibited their skills and determination, making for an exhilarating competition.

Girls 16U Open

The Girls 16U Open category was packed with talent, and the top four finishers were Martin/Perez, McConekey/Hall, Pater/Boulware, and Ranney/Galley.

Girls 16U American

Scherfenberg/Anisimova, Teel/Rosenthal, Talocka/Matias, and Peck/Moriarty showcased their abilities in the Girls 16U American division, impressing the crowd with their performances.

Girls 12U Open

The Girls 12U Open division featured remarkable matches, and the teams that emerged on top were Treumann/Barker, McCanna/Nguyen, Scherfenberg/Wise, and Souza/Nikolaeva.

Girls 12U American

In the Girls 12U American category, Wentzel/Shaevitz, Jensen/Garcia, Shotwell/Fessler, and Hake/Heisler displayed their skills and determination, making it a memorable competition.

Girl playing Beach ParaVolley

Adaptive Beach Volleyball

Aside from the main championship, the first two days included the USA Volleyball’s first-ever Adaptive Beach Volleyball Training Camp and Tournament. This allowed talented Beach ParaVolley athletes to showcase their skills alongside some notable names from the U.S. Sitting National Teams, including Paralympians Nicky Nieves, Maddy Ball, and Chris Seilkop.

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The event saw impressive performances from Seilkop, Dave Newkirk, John Kriescher, and Joe Arkesteyn. The women’s division boasted a strong lineup, featuring Skye McDermott, Autum Reagan, Berklee Andrews, Mariah Jenkins, and Nelya Schasfoort. Maddy Ball emerged as the winner in the women’s division, with McDermott and Andrews securing second and third place, respectively. In the men’s division, Newkirk, Seilkop, and Kriescher took the top three spots. Carlos Galletti and Rose Washington served as the coaches for this event.

For those interested in getting involved with the sitting teams, Michelle Goodall (Beach Para Volley Program Administrator/Assistant Coach WSNT) and Elliot Blake (Manager, Sitting Volleyball Teams and National Teams) can provide additional information.

Day Three

The final three days of the championship focused on the boys and girls 14U and 18U age groups, with a total of 236 teams participating.

Boys 18U Open

The Boys 18U Open division saw fierce competition, and teams like Keeter/Barnes, Colebaugh/Blanchette, Hurst/Arnold, and Peluso/Connelly delivered outstanding performances.

Boys 14U Open

In the Boys 14U Open category, Thornton/Rosenthal, Harvick/Phung, Arnold/Whitehead, and Massey/Martin showcased their skills and determination, thrilling spectators with their matches.

Girls 18U Open

The Girls 18U Open division featured top-notch competition, and the top four finishers were Truslow/Bradley, Teal/Morris, Martin/Carpenter, and Haas/Massey.

Girls 18U American

Thex/Aniol, Sauers/Wilson, O’Mara/Polychrones, and Hoang/Barrett displayed their skills and tenacity in the Girls 18U American division, leaving a lasting impression on spectators.

Girls 14U Open

The Girls 14U Open category witnessed intense battles, with Le Blanc/Hixson, Sanchez/Matias, Spittal/McGuirk, and McCanna/Nguyen emerging as the top teams.

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Girls 14U American

In the Girls 14U American division, Nelson/Drumwright, Moss/Loyd, Thibodaux/Cassidy, and Powell/Young showcased their abilities, captivating the crowd with their performances.

For full results, visit the tournament’s website.

FAQs

Q: How long does the USA National Beach Tour Junior Championship last?
A: The championship spans six days of exciting beach volleyball action.

Q: Can adaptive beach volleyball athletes participate in the championship?
A: Yes, the tournament also features the USA Volleyball’s Adaptive Beach Volleyball Training Camp and Tournament, giving Beach ParaVolley athletes the opportunity to showcase their skills.

Q: Who were the winners in the Boys 18U Open division?
A: The top teams in the Boys 18U Open category were Keeter/Barnes, Colebaugh/Blanchette, Hurst/Arnold, and Peluso/Connelly.

Q: Where can I find more information about getting involved with sitting teams?
A: Michelle Goodall (Beach Para Volley Program Administrator/Assistant Coach WSNT) and Elliot Blake (Manager, Sitting Volleyball Teams and National Teams) can provide further information.

Summary

The USA National Beach Tour Junior Championship in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., was an unforgettable event showcasing the tremendous talent and passion of young beach volleyball players. With thrilling matches in various age groups, this championship served as a platform for athletes to compete against the best and demonstrate their skills. In addition to the main tournament, the Adaptive Beach Volleyball Training Camp and Tournament provided an opportunity for ParaVolley athletes to shine. The championship’s commitment to inclusivity and excellence was evident throughout the event. To learn more about the championship and get involved, please visit the official website.

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