Grass volleyball event attracts 15-team field
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.