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LATEST SOUTHERN SAND VOLLEYBALL NEWS

Jr Beach Club CollageRegistration for Southern Sand’s year round programs (Nov-March time period) are NOW open. Sign-up before end of September to get the current pricing which is a 5% discount off of normal prices.

  • Focused Beach Program – for the athlete focused mostly or exclusively on beach
  • Cross-Training Program - for the athlete mixing both indoor club volleyball and beach programs.

If you missed one of our online info sessions, visit the year-round beach club page and send an email to John to get more details. Once we determine the dates/times of any additional info sessions, we will announce here.

OCTOBER 25  (Run-Dig-Rodeo 4v4 Tournaments – Adults and Juniors) - Join us as part of a 2 day community event organized by Hope Chapel of Apex called Run-Dig-Rodeo featuring a dinner/auction on Friday night followed by 5K run at Bond Park, volleyball tournaments, food truck rodeo and more on Saturday. Check out the Run-Dig-Rodeo website for details about all the activities.

Middle School and High School volleyball tournaments (Check-in 8AM. Competition 8:30-2PM.  Players from the same school are encouraged to form teams but we will also support teams with players from different schools. Click here for more details plus registration.

Adult tournament (Check-in 1:30PM. Competition 2PM-9PM. Click here for more details plus registration.

3 or 4 person teams are welcome for all tournament divisions. Costume themed teams are encouraged.

Sign-up by October 13th to lock in at the early-bird rate of $100/team.

 

Brynn on Stetson’s campus

Lauren Durham

More great news from Southern Sand. We have our first sand scholarship offers, and acceptances, for Lauren Durham (left  photo) and Brynn Carrick (right photo). Both will attend Stetson University, Lauren starting in 2015 and Brynn starting in 2017, and be part of their Sand Volleyball team. Lauren is a senior at Middle Creek High School and Brynn is a Sophomore at Wakefield High School, both located in Raleigh. Stetson is a DI program located in DeLand, Florida between Daytona Beach and Orlando. Both of these ladies are great examples of the hard work and dedication that we see at Southern Sand. Both of them have dedicated themselves to beach volleyball. Their hard work during training, in the classroom, and throughout the recruiting process has certainly paid off. We are so excited for them both, and look forward to seeing them grow even further. CONGRATULATIONS to both Lauren and Brynn!!!

Teams at USAV Beach Nationals in Milwaukee, WI

The weekend of July 25-27 2014 saw some of our best athletes getting it done at the USAV Beach Nationals in Milwaukee, and AAU Beach Nationals at Hermosa Beach, CA with some of the best finishes for our teams against very tough competition at the open level (earned a bid through a qualifier):

USAV Beach Nationals:

  • Kylie Grandy/Genna Simpkins* – 1st in 16U Open – NATIONAL CHAMPIONS!!!
  • Kimberly Hovey/Katie McCullough – 3rd in 18U Open.
  • Raquel Rooney/Tiana Butler – 9th in 16U Open
  • Hailey Brooke McFadden/Shelby Raymond just missed getting to the gold bracket in 18U Open, getting to the 2nd round of the Silver bracket.
  • Lauren Durham/Kendall Yount – 2nd in 18U Bronze bracket.
  • Kara Adams/Sarah Montross -2nd round of Flight 1 in 14U Open.

AAU Beach Nationals:

  • Ashley Muench**/Mary Scott*** – 5th in 18U Gold bracket
  • Brynn Carrick/Sydney Rowan – quarterfinalists in 16U Challenge bracket.

As a side story to Kylie/Genna’s incredible achievement, what happened during their semi-final match is worth noting. During the 2nd set, their opponent must have summoned the gods to somehow stop their incredible run. Play continued through 30 mph winds, with nets flying and sand spraying. However, even that wasn’t enough to put a stop to their run into the finals. By the time the finals match was to be played the sun was shining and Kylie and Genna proceeded to complete the tournament with an exclamation point, and a NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP!!!

Congratulations to all the teams and their parents for all their support. For our next season of Southern Sand Volleyball we are already making plans to give even more high level training and competition opportunities toward even more success!!! Stay tuned as we will be announcing some plans in August.

 

*Genna Simpkins trained with Blue Sky in 2014

**Ashley Muench trained with both Southern Sand and Piedmont Beach Volleyball Club in 2014

***Mary Scott trained with Piedmont Beach Volleyball Club in 2014

 

     As many of you know, Duke University athlete, Christina Vucich, trained with Southern Sand at the start of our Pilot Year Round Program in preparation for the USA High Performance (HP-U23) Tryout held in Clearwater FL, back in January. Christina PhotoChristina was then selected to attend the next round of tryouts, a transition week camp on May 12-18, in Hermosa Beach CA.

She has now been selected as part of the Elite Ten (the 10 athletes that make up the national team for that age group) training program. Congratulations Christina!

Upcoming Events

  • October 5, 2014 - Open play for juniors - $5 guest fee
    Time: 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
  • October 5, 2014 - Fall Juniors Doubles League
    Time: 5:00 pm - 7:30 pm
  • October 5, 2014 - Hope Chapel Sports Ministry
    Time: 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm
    Location: 6175 Old Jenks Road, Apex, NC, United States
  • October 6, 2014 - Fall Adult Coed 4s League
    Time: 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
  • October 6, 2014 - Fall Adult Womens 2s League
    Time: 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
  • October 7, 2014 - Lord Corp League
    Time: 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
  • October 8, 2014 - Hope Chapel Sports Ministry
    Time: 3:30 pm - 9:00 pm
    Location: 6175 Old Jenks Road, Apex, NC, United States
  • October 8, 2014 - Fall Adult Leagues - Coed 2s
    Time: 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
  • October 12, 2014 - Open play for juniors - $5 guest fee
    Time: 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
  • October 12, 2014 - Fall Juniors Doubles League
    Time: 5:00 pm - 7:30 pm