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Local volleyball clubs enjoy summer success

Posted: July 4, 2013 10:21 p.m.
Updated: July 4, 2013 10:21 p.m.

For the second straight year, the Legacy Volleyball Club claimed a championship in the 17-year-old division at the Volleyball Festival in Phoenix.

Last week, Legacy also added a victory in the 16-year-old division at the prestigious event that features teams from around the West Coast in addition to Alaska and Hawaii.

Earlier in the month in Anaheim, another local club, Los Angeles Volleyball Academy, also concluded a successful run in a large regional tournament that took place at the Southern California Volleyball Association Regional 16-year-old finals.

The LAVA 16s team took 13th out of 257 teams participating. It was coached by Mary Keen, the head coach of Hart High’s varsity girls volleyball team.

As for the Legacy teams, both finished with perfect records of 11-0 records. The 17s team beat club Bonneville of Idaho 25-22, 25-14 in the final while the 16s team beat club Ho’opa Hawaii 21-25, 25-19, 15-9 in its championship match.

The 17s team, coached by West Ranch varsity girls volleyball head coach Gerrit Maxwell, was first place among 35 teams and the 16s team won in a group of 80 teams.

Both teams from the Valencia-based club were filled with local athletes.

Playing for the 17s Legacy team was West Ranch’s Alexis Clewis, Santa Clarita Christian’s Allie Acosta and Saugus’ Amy Buffham.

Local high school players who helped the 16s team win included Corrine Holloway, Erin Indermill, Shelly Peer and Chase Tengberg from Hart, Danielle Erickson, Kaity Uythoven and Teresa Cernosek from Valencia, Alexa Hesseldenz, Hannah Williams and Hunter Zeleznik from West Ranch, and Nicole Spooner from Saugus.

Legacy also nearly won the 18-year-old division, losing to Alaska’s Midnight Sun club in the championship match.

SCV athletes included on the 16s LAVA team earlier in the month were Valencia’s Emily Bible, Makena Lautner and Hayley Alvarez, Hart’s Brianne Beeman and Claire Cansler, Saugus’ Robyn Underwood and Sam Nua, Canyon’s Sarah Greenland, and Santa Clarita Christian’s Abigail Walker.


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