Great Plains Open
Saturday, June 9th at the Digz in Omaha, NE
The 2012 Great Plains Open was played at The Digz in Omaha, NE. Twenty teams competed in the Great Plains Open tour stop. Which is one of 26 stops for the USA Beach Junior Tour. This 2 on 2 sand volleyball tournament is a national quaifier for juniors ages 18 and under. The last stop on the tour is the Tour Championship in Milwaukee, Wisconsin on July 28-29.
The Great Plains Open is a quality sand tournament in it's third year. Complete with certified beach officials and USA Volleyball T-Shirts for every player and volunteer helper.
Medals and bids were given to 1st, 2nd and 3rd in each age group of 12's, 14's, 16's and 18's.
In the 12's division, two teams from out of state battled for first place. Jaiden Chase and Lacey Angello from Lenxa, Kansas won in 3 sets over Eden Dolzal and Bella Kuechenberg from Michigan City, Indiana. Jaiden Centeno with partner Haley Richards and Morgan James with partner Emma Altman both tied for third. Jaiden Chase and Lacey went on to finish 2nd at the junior outdoor national tournament in Wisconsin.
In the 14’s division, Samantha Duncan with partner Sophia Terwilleger beat Autumn Wood and Jasmine Schmidt to take 1st this year after a 2nd place finish last year. Autumn and Jasmine completed in the tour championships last summer and finished 7th in the 12’s division.
In the 16’s division, the favorite Carly Castle and Addi Thonen, who finished 3rd last year in the 14’s division, beat Payton Lauterbach and Harlee Sine for 1st.
In the 18’s division, last year winner Kayla Haneline, with new partner Kelsey Stratman, battled through sickness this year but could not hold off 1st place winner Miranda Charles and Devynn Patocka, who finished second in the 16’s last year.
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