Local girls' volleyball team earns bronze medal at the USAV Junior Nationals


The City Beach 15 Black girls' volleyball team brought home a bronze medal after falling in the semifinals of the 2011 USAV Girls' Junior National Championships on Wednesday at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta.

"Lost to a very good team in the 15 Open semis," said assistant coach Dave Winn on his Facebook page. "Takes nothing away from how proud I am of our girls! Bronze medal . . . whoulda thunk it!

City Beach went 7-1 before falling to Northern Lights 15-1 in a 25-14, 25-13 elimination match. City Beach's roster included Morgan Dressel of Menlo School, Saane Espinosa of Menlo-Atherton and Keri Gee of Palo Alto.

Other team members included Kelsey Crawford, Ilaissaane Fakalata, Kemi Lemus-Hernandez, Alexandra Sheredy, Hayley Sturgeon, Shinn Tooloee, Andrea Turnlund and Maclaine Westendorf.

Chris Crader, the former Menlo coach who now is the head coach at Homestead, guided City Beach along with Winn, the head coach at Palo Alto High.

Meanwhile, City Beach 17 Black -- featuring four members of the Palo Alto girls' volleyball team that captured the CIF Division I state championship this past school year -- went 2-1 Wednesday on the opening day.

City Beach dropped its opener to Wave 17Brennan from Southern California, S.C., 25-14, 25-23, but rebounded with with a pair of wins, 2-1 over WVBA 17 Shannon and Team VB Rags 17. City Beach has three matches scheduled for Thursday.

The Paly players on City Beach are Kim Whitson, Melanie Wade, Maddie Kuppe and Megan Coleman. All started on the Vikings' 41-1 squad in 2010.

Other team members include Alexandra Barbeau, Kathleen Bozzo, Taylor Deaton, Annie Fleming, Veronica Komisarek, Michelle McDonald-O'Brien, Stephanie Miller, and Nicole Richards.

In other Open results, Vision 17 Gold, featuring Sacred Heart Prep players Jesse Ebner and Sarah Daschbach, went 1-2 on the day.

Vision 15 Gold, meanwhile, finished 5-3 with a roster that included Menlo School's Maddy Frappier, Melissa Cairo and Maddie Huber plus Pauli King from Menlo-Atherton.

Paye's Black 15-1 went 6-2 overall with a roster that included Lauren Kerr and Becca Raffel of Palo Alto and Michelle Pereira of Menlo School.

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