Monday, May 18, 2015

Local Favorites Get a Win in the AVPNext Series Men's Division and Young Guns Make a Statement on the Women's Side in Zone 3 AVPNext Opening Weekend.

The AVPNext Zone 3 Pacific Northwest Series got underway this weekend at Bottega Fitness Park in Clearview, WA.  Chris Littleman and Roman Onishchenko won the men's division on Saturday.  Cyrene Hertzog and Deana Kraft won the women's division on Sunday.  The events were the first of five in the series that will send a team from each gender to compete in the Manhattan Beach Open. 

Men's Division
Littleman and Onishchenko earned their victory in a very competitive double elimination bracket.  Their journey to the finals included two 15-13 three set wins over Cole Franklin and Joe Duenn.  In the finals they met up against Tom Kohler and Christian Honer who flew up from their summer training grounds in Southern California for the event.  The local duo showed why they are the best in the Region in their narrow 21-19, 22-20 defeat of the visiting team.  

Men's Final Standings
Champions:  Chris Littlemen & Roman Onishchenko
Runner's Up:  Christian Honer & Tom Kohler
Tied 3rd:  Joe Tassia and Matt Mueller
Tied 3rd:  Cole Franklin & Joe Duenn
Tied 5th:  Brian Miller & David Miller
Tied 5th:  Moses Timofeyev & Elijah Timofeyev
Tied 7th:  Ryan Oxford & Meng Bak
Tied 7th:  Tony Little & Aaron Hansen

Women's Division
On Sunday Cyrene Hertzog and Deahna Kraft showed why they are both going to top level collegiate beach volleyball programs as they cruised through the women's division.  Hertzog, who is committed to play sand volleyball at the University of Hawaii and Kraft, who is committed to play sand volleyball at Pepperdine, did not drop a set through the course of the day.  In the finals, they won a hard fought match against Whatcom County residents Whitney Walker and Sophia Lawrence.  

Walker and Lawrence, who train with Skagit Island Volleyball Beach Academy, won their semifinal match against the new team of Shahla Prouty (Bothell High School) and Lauren Sanders (Glacier Peak High School.)  Gena Aytch and Nicole Cheldelin were the highest placing team over the age of 18 and finished tied for third with Prouty and Sanders. 

Women's Final Standings
Champions:  Cyrene Hertzog & Deahna Kraft
Runner's Up:  Whitney Walker & Sophia Lawrence
Tied 3rd:  Shahla Prouty & Lauren Sanders
Tied 3rd:  Gena Aytch & Nicole Cheldelin
5th:  Nikki Baehm & Alyssa Martin

AVPNext Zone 3 Series Event #2 Details
June 13  Women
June 14 Men
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