Several San Clemente residents had success at the AAU Junior Beach Volleyball National Championships in Hermosa Beach from July 13-14. The tournament featured 207 teams from across the U.S and at the close, four players from San Clemente were in the winner’s circle.
Noah Dyer, who plays high school volleyball for Saddleback Valley Christian, and teammate Tanner Woods of Huntington Beach ran the slate and captured the boys 16U gold medal.
Jane Chafeh's beach volleyball journey hasn't been easy. Though it has led her to the 2013 USA Volleyball Beach High Performance Championships (Beach HPC) in Hermosa Beach, Calif., it almost never even began.
Chafeh (Fontana, Calif.) began her volleyball career as an indoor player when she was in the seventh grade, following in her older sister’s footsteps. The two shared a court in high school, playing for the same team.
“We pretty much took over the court. We would always fight and it was just horrible!” Chafeh said, laughing. “Every time we were on the court you could hear us yelling at each other.”
And so it was easy when it came to exercising both before and after giving birth to daughter Scout Margery this spring.
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A number of current, former, and future USC volleyball players have had success in recent international beach volleyball competitions, this summer.
Incoming Trojan freshmen Lucas Yoder and Sara Hughes both won bronze medals with their partners at the FIVB U19 World Championship in Porto, Portugal, that concluded July 14. Each duo lost in the semifinals to the eventual gold-medal team.
Yoder, who will play with the USC men's indoor team, is a 2013 All-CIF Division I first team outside hitter from San Clemente (Calif.) High whose father (the late Dave Yoder), uncle (All-American Bob Yoder) and cousins (Erin and Paul) all have played at USC.