SERIOUS BID-NESS FOR
18-WESTSIDE AND 16-WESTSIDE!
Wild ride this past weekend! Five Sunshine teams competed in the first set of qualifying tournaments for Junior Nationals, and two teams came home with those highly coveted bids.
Competing in the Open division at the Colorado Crossroads qualifier in Denver, 16-Westside had an 18-1 game record through first three rounds of competition. The team clinched a spot in the top three -- and their bid -- with a first place pool finish on day three. The team's only match loss came in the semi-finals against Aspire 16 Rox, with a score of 22-25 and 25-27.
16-Westside is coached by Cari Klein and Tuan Le. The roster includes Camryn Carfino, Zoe Fleck, Grace Frohling, Taylor Fourticq, Alex Laita, Chloe Mueller, Devon Newberry, May Pertofsky, Zoie Stewart, Lena Tatum and Caroline Tilton.
18- Westside nabbed a bid with a fourth place finish in the USA division at the SCVA qualifier in Anaheim. It was a battle from day one for 18-Westside, as the team was originally seeded 11th overall in the tournament and second in their pool. So much for seeding: 18-Westside took first in their pools on day one and day two, upsetting the tournament's #1 seed in the process. Their upward streak ended with a loss to SVVC 18-Rich in the gold bracket semi-finals.
18-Westside is coached by Jackson Metichecchia and Eileen Hiss. The roster includes Pearl Acord, Angel Echipue, Harper Graves, Bridget Kolsky, Stephanie Libonati, Ruby Lightbourn, Andie Maloney, Emilia Pattison, Grace Rose, Pria Sundher, Gillian Yang, Jessica Yang and Olympia Nagel-Caland.
Sunshine 17-1 had the best record in the Open division at the Colorado Crossroads, but came up just a hair short of getting a bid. With an 8 - 1 match record, they were the only team with only one tournament loss. But that one loss caused them to tie for first place in their pool on day three -- and they missed getting a bid on that tie. Crazy close!
18-South Bay had a strong 6th place finish in the Open division at the SCVA qualifier, and 17-South Bay placed 21st in the USA division at the Colorado Crossroads.
Sunshine teams hit the road again over the next few weekends. Who will get the next bid?
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