Golden Gate Volleyball arrived in Huntington Beach with a big splash. 13 players in three divisions battled with the best competition around in front of college coaches from many of the top programs in the country , including: UCLA, Pepperdine, USC and Hawai'i to name a few
Eleanor Anderson (2016) paired with Candice Denny (2017) in the eldest division to capture a Silver medal in the Silver bracket notching some nice wins versus top competition along their way to an outstanding finish and finals performance vs. players in two of the top beach clubs in Southern California, Wave and 692. Candice is pictured below putting up a signature block versus a top player headed to Tulane.
Erin O'Conner (2016) was a last minute entry with Samantha Yeager(2015), a Newport Harbor HS volleyball standout. They played steadily better through the day in a tough field and finished 5th in Silver. Nice job Erin.
Rounding out the Golden Gate teams in the 2015/2016 division were a pair of Redwood HS juniors, Kyra Weignart (2016) and Lily Turner (2016). Both players are new to the beach game and making great strides. The newcomers held their own in the SoCal shark tank, performing admiriably and getting better every time they stepped on the sand.
The highlight in our 2017/2018 division came from the long standing duo of Ashley Delgado (2017) and Katie Smoot (2017). They deftly navigated a talent rich pool and made their way up to the Gold Division, the only Golden Gate squad to crack the upper echelon. The pair battled into an overtime thriller that went all the way 31-33 before they finally fell, finishing 9th place with their heads held high and hungry for more outstanding challenges.
We also saw the exciting debut of Kobi Allston (2017). Kobi played with Elaine Shaw (2017) ,who was back for her second time to Huntington Beach but unfortunately was working thru some nagging injuries that slowed the squad a bit. Each player showed strengths and are looking towards the spring season to continue to hone and improve their skills.
And last but definitely not least were the four most spirited players on the beach. Our Young Guns all walked with hardware and Kauai Bikini hats to go with memories made to last a lifetime. Congratulations to Julianna Treadway and Sophia Shaw for claiming Silver and Kennedy Roberts and Leah LaBoy for taking Bronze in the U12 division. The girls played great, represented Golden Gate with style and reminded everyone on the beach that the youth movement in beach volleyball is just getting started. So many great things to come for this crew.
Thanks to all our parents and players for stepping up so big so early in the season. Thanks also to Daron, Andrew and the great tournament staff and sponsors at GNBV that make this awesome tour possible. We'll definitely be back again for the next installment on May 30/31.
Eyes out for Golden Gate 2015 Summer Events schedule coming very soon!