Local volleyball teams look to finish strong at Junior Nationals


Menlo-Atherton senior Alyssa Ostrow and the rest of the City Beach 17 Black team look to finish strong at the Girls' Junior National Championships in Minneapolis, with a semifinal match against Baton Rouge 17s on Wednesday in Flight One of the National Division.

City Beach takes a 3-5 mark into the contest. Baton Rouge won an earlier meeting, 25-21, 25-23.

The City Beach Black 15 team finished 22nd in the USA division, going 4-8 overall.

The Palo Alto Platinum 18-1 girls volleyball team, coached by Jason Tripp and Hillary Ford, finished 13th in the USA Division.

Palo Alto won seven of its 10 matches, including its final match, 22-25, 25-19, 16-14, over Chicks 18-Pink. Team members included Miranda Crothers, Anna Dukovic, Erica Johnston, Lauren Kerr, Virginia Lane, Alice Liu, Kellan McDonough, Joy Robinson, Isabell Walker, Danielle Walsh and Zoe Wong.

The Vision Gold 17 team (3-6), which includes Menlo School juniors Lida Vandermeer and Elisa Merten, Gunn junior Meghan Mahoney and Menlo-Atherton junior Devin Joos, plays the Iowa Rockets in the Flight 3 Open Division.

Vision Gold 16 (5-1) meets Laguna Beach in the final match of pool play in the Open Division on Wednesday. Team members include Sacred Heart Prep sophomore Alexis Dirige and Castilleja sophomore Katya Scocimara.

Vision Blue 16 (6-0) is unbeaten in the Patriot Division and will play twice Wednesday, meeting Dallas Premier (6-1) and TESL Red (6-0). M-A freshman Kirby Knapp, Castilleja sophomore Madeline Johnson and M-A sophomore Rachel Gerber play for Vision Blue.

Vision Blue 18-2 finished 13th overall with a 7-3 mark in the American Division with a roster that included M-A junior Kaitlin Tavarez and Castilleja junior Sarah Rose.

Vision Gold 15 finished 4-4 overall, good for 15th in the Open Division, getting contributions from Menlo freshman Jessica Houghton and M-A frosh Kiana Sales.

Vision Blue 14 went 7-4 and placed 15th in the Patriot Division. Gunn frosh Emma Munch, M-A frosh Casey Olsen and Menlo frosh Mia Vandermeer all played for the team.

Vision Gold 14 (7-3) finished sixth in the Open Division and Vision Blue 14 (7-3) was 11th in the American Division.

Vision Gold 13 (5-4) was fifth in the National Division and Vision Gold 12 (5-4) was 13th in the National Division.

— Palo Alto Online Sports

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Posted by CB coach
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on Jul 3, 2014 at 1:20 pm

That picture of City Beach 17s is not correct. That's from 2 years ago.

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