Grass volleyball event attracts 15-team field |

Grass volleyball event attracts 15-team field

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Nevada Photo Source won the women’s divison of the Carson Valley Days grass volleyball tournament Sunday at Lampe Park. From left are Denise Yamada, Shawnee Kellar, Katy Marsh, Erin Allison and Cat Allison.
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A total of 15 teams and 82 players participated in the eighth annual Carson Valley Days Grass Volleyball Tournament Sunday at Lampe Park.

This year’s tournament filled three divisions — junior (fifth-eighth grade), coed and women’s — tournament director Dan Hannah pointed out.

In the junior division, all five teams faced off in a round robin schedule format. The Aces compiled a 4-0 record to win the division with a roster of newly minted freshmen that included Meika Cole, Amanda Hone, Olivia Johnson, Grace McKay, Rachael Hollar and Isabella Tomassi.

The Tidal Wave, took second-place at 2-2 with a roster comprised of Carson Valley Middle School players who will be moving into eighth grade this coming year. Third-place was secured by the Sun Spikes, a young team comprised of Pau-Wa-Lu Middle School students (half played as sixth graders last year) who also went 2-2. SWAG, the fourth-place team, went 2-2 with a Pau-Wa-Lu lineup that is moving up into the eighth grade. Kemonos (1-3) was a team composed largely of CVMS seventh graders and included the only boy in the division.

The six-team coed division featured a format in which matches were played against opponents from the opposite three-team pool. After pool play, the teams were seeded into a six-team bracket, with the No. 1 (Running Wild Hokie Senators, 3-0) and No. 2 (Power Couples, 2-1) teams given first-round byes.

Running Wild defeated the CV Crushers 21-15, 21-8 to win the championship match. The CV Crushers defeated the Power Couples in one semifinal 8-21, 21-14, 16-14. Running Wild bested the Easter Eggs in the other semifinal 21-6, 21-14.

The Running Wild lineup included Chris Downs, Nick Lonnegren, Talyn Jackson, Jaycie Roberts.

In opening round play, the CV Crushers beat Independence Day 21-9, 21-12 and Easter Eggs defeated Summit Plumbing 21-16, 21-10.

Nevada Photo Source defeated Finish Her 22-20, 21-12 to win the four-team women’s division. The championship team — which avenged an earlier loss to Finish Her to win the championship — included Cat Allison, Erin Allison, Denise Yamada, Katy Marsh and Shawnee Kellar.

In the semifinals, Finish Her defeated Flipper 75 in three sets 18-21, 21-12, 15-6. Nevada Photo Source defeated Sonova Beach 21-18, 21-8 in the other semifinal.

Earlier in the day, the four teams engaged in a round robin schedule to determine seedings for the semifinals and finals.