Vision volleyball team earns bronze at junior nationals


The Vision 18 Gold team, coached by Stanford assistant Jason Mansfield and Cardinal grad Cassidy Lichtman, shared the bronze medal with Southern California's Coast 18-1 at the USAV girls' volleyball junior national championships Sunday in Atlanta.

Vision finished with an 8-2 record, losing to eventual champion Sports Shack 18-Asics, 25-14, 25-21, in the final match.

Vision, which won its first six matches to qualify for the championship division, counted Menlo School grad Allie Frappier, Palo Alto grad Trina Ohms and Castilleja senior Hannah Boland.

Of the 10 high school graduates on the team, nine are scheduled to play in college this fall, including Ohms at Penn and Frappier at Yale. Michelle Neumayr, the PAL Bay Division Player of the Year, will be at California and Veronica Lewis will play at Arizona.

City Beach 18 Black finished 17th with a 6-4 record while Northern California's other representative, Force 18-1, finished 30th.

Castilleja grad Laura Rose and Menlo-Atherton seniors Sarah Collins, Anaseini Moimoi and Hannah Branning played for the Vision 18 Blue team (5-4), which finished 13th in the American Division.

Sacred Heart Prep seniors Jesse Ebner and Sarah Daschbach helped the Vision 17 Gold team finish fifth in the Open Division, beating City Beach 17 Black, 32-30, 25-21, in the final match on Saturday.

The sixth-place City Beach 17 Black team featured Palo Alto grad Megan Coleman and Paly seniors Maddie Kuppe, Melanie Wade and Kimmy Whitson.

Paye's Performance 16 Black team (5-3) will be playing in the Flight 1 consolation bracket on Monday. Among team members are M-A juniors Ali Spindt and Katie Doherty, Menlo School junior Drew Edelman, Sacred Heart Prep junior Ellie Shannon, Castilleja junior Lucy Tashman and Atherton resident Catherine Wes, a junior at St. Francis.

Vision 16 Gold (3-5), with Sacred Heart Prep junior Sonia Abuel-Saud, will be playing in the Flight 3 consolation bracket.

Palo Alto junior Shelby Knowles, Menlo School junior Emma Thygesen and Sacred Heart Prep junior Payton Smith compete for Vision 16 Blue (4-4), which plays Monday in the Flight 1 consolation bracket of the National Division.

USA women's volleyball

The U.S. Women's National Team downed Trinidad & Tobago, 25-11, 25-17, 25-18, Sunday night in a Pool B match at the Pan American Cup in Juarez, Mexico.

Team USA (3-0) continues Pool B competition Monday against Costa Rica. The Americans complete pool play against Brazil, the top-ranked team in the world, on Tuesday.

Stanford grad Foluke Akinradewo, along with Kim Glass, Nicole Fawcett, Jordan Larson and Nicole Davis, was given the night off.

Angela Forsett, Nancy Metcalf and Jen Tamas each had nine points to lead the U.S.

— Palo Alto Online Sports

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