Former Stanford volleyball star digging the beach

Ashley Ivy and partner qualify for the main draw in Switzerland

The U.S. women's beach volleyball team of Lauren Fendrick and Stanford grad Ashley Ivy qualified for the main draw on Tuesday at the $600,000 1to1 energy Grand Slam in Gstaad Switzerland, part of the SWATCH FIVB World Tour.

Fendrick, a UCLA grad, and Ivy, seeded third in the qualification round, won two matches to advance. They defeated 30th-ranked Elodie Li Yuk Lo and Natacha Rigobert of Mauritius, 21-12, 21-9 in 27 minutes and then needed 44 minutes to top Germany's 19th-seeded Jana Kohler and Julia Sude, 22-20, 21-19.

The U.S. men's beach team of Stanford grad Matt Fuerbringer and Nick Lucena also qualified into the main draw with a pair of wins on Wednesday.

Fuerbringer reached the quarterfinals at last week's ConocoPhillips Grand Slam in Stavanger, Norway.

Girls' volleyball

Menlo School senior Allie Frappier, who is headed to Yale in the fall of 2011, was named to the all-tournament team at the recently concluded USAV Junior National Championships in Reno for the 17-year-old Open division.

Frappier helped Vision Gold to a third-place finish at the prestigious event, which features the top 32 teams in the nation in their age group. The Vision Gold 18U team also finished with the bronze medal.

"Allie was the go-to player for the tournament," Vision Gold coach Will Yuen said. "The team could rely on Allie to provide kills and blocks almost upon request."

Palo Alto senior Trina Ohms and Castilleja junior Hannah Boland were also valuable contributors.

"Day one started off a bit shaky, but the girls found their balance and set their course," Yuen said. "Hannah helped get us back on track with timely blocks and kills. Trina provided unsurpassed energy, key aces, and day three kills that proved to be invaluable to the team's tournament success."

Vision Gold setter Hanna Nielson, a senior at Saratoga, was also named to the all-tournament team.

— Palo Alto Online Sports


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