LATEST SOUTHERN SAND VOLLEYBALL NEWS
Registration 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.
An online information session is coming up on Sunday, Sept 21st from 8-9PM. Visit the year-round beach club page for more info including details about calling/logging in.
SEPTEMBER 27 (Master’s/Century’s Tournament) - Calling all volleyball players from the 40+ and 50+ crowd to come on out for our inaugural Master’s Tournament. Featuring Men’s, Women’s, and Co-ed divisions for teams whose players have a combined age of 80 or older (Master’s) and similar divisions for those 100 or older (Century’s). Depending on space, we may break-up each division further or add other non-Masters divisions as this event date approaches. Check-in at 8:30AM with competition starting 9AM.
Sign-up before Monday, Sept. 15th to lock in at the early-bird rate of $40/team. Regular price is $50/team.
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!!!
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:
AAU Beach Nationals:
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.
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 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!