2019 Uprising Cup Opener Draws 70 Athletes from All Over Washington State
The 2019 edition of the Uprising Cup Beach Volleyball series kicked off over the last two weekends with 70 athletes from Chelan, Tri-Cities, Bellingham, Bremerton and of course Snohomish and King County competing. Juniors and ,for the first time ever, adults earned AVP America and Uprising Cup points at Willis Tucker Park in Snohomish in mostly amazing Spring weather.
Defending Seaside Beach Volleyball champions Riley Roberts and Katie Skevington made their first appearance at Willis Tucker Park and claimed the first championship of the season with wins against Olivia Strandberg and Piper Grossberg of Chelan and Uprising Volleyball's own Claire Brennan and Chloe Lewis in bracket play. Grossberg and Strandberg finished second and also claimed a bid to the Uprising Northwest Beach Championship at Willis Tucker Park on August 18. View the full results here.
The best beach volleyball talent in Snohomish County was on display in the finals of the U16/U18 division with Samaya Morin (Lake Stevens HS) and Jasset Smith (Snohomish HS) earning the championship with a two set win in the finals against Kyleene Filimaua (Bothell, WA) and Anika Christensen (Vaugh, WA.) Both teams earned bids to the Uprising Northwest Championship and will be in the hunt for a bid to the AVPFirst National Championship taking place in Hermosa Beach, CA July 25-28. Uprising Volleyball's Kamaile Dickson and Lauren Larson earned a third place finish in their first event together. Click here to see the full results
The adult portion of the competition kicked off with an experimental cumulative point king of the beach format developed by Uprising adult coordinator Eli de Botton and inspired by the Madman Volleyball events at Uprising Volleyball this Spring. In In Lagmay and Chris Reed earned the championships and points towards earning a trip to the AVP America National Championship Oct. 5-6 in Huntington Beach, CA.
In In extended her lead in the Uprising Adult Championship Series with a four point cumalative score win over the Uprising Volleyball honorary Jedi and super-sub LaDonna Handugan in the finals. Kim Renken, who along with her husband Martin posted the best finish for a couple in the event, and Amie Martin rounded out the championship bracket. Click here for full results
Chris Reed and Tom Ketchum battled all day at the top of the division and in the end it was Chris, the defender who got the better of the enormous block of Tom. Chris is new to the Uprising family coming from The Sand Club in Phoenix, AZ where Uprising director Mati Bishop's brother from another mother Allen Alexander organizes the competition. Martin Renken, who we can't help but refer to as the wily veteran after this performance, and runner-up Jason Crispell, another new comer to the Uprising family from Detroit, MI, rounded out the championship bracket. You can see the full results here.