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Briefs: Balboa 14s win gold at Junior National tourney

Newport Beach-based club sweeps Quiksilver of Pacific Palisades to claim title.

July 05, 2012

Trent Jackson only had enough time to answer his phone before his plane took off from Dallas on Thursday night.

The coach and players from his boys' team, the Balboa Bay Volleyball Club 14 Hurley, couldn't talk.

It was understandable, and they really didn't have to say much, anyway.

That's because Balboa Bay let its play do the talking at the USA Volleyball Junior National Championships by winning the gold medal in the 14-year-old open division in Dallas.

Balboa Bay claimed the title after sweeping Pacific Palisades Quiksilver, 25-19, 25-18, in the best-of-three format.

Of the 11 matches played during the four-day tournament, Balboa Bay won nine. Each time it prevailed in two sets.

Balboa Bay played three matches on Monday, the first two against Pacific Rim of Pleasant Hill and 949 Black of San Clemente.

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Balboa Bay's team was comprised of Cole Pender, Paul Castellana, Colin McCallister, Jake Pearson, Garrett White, Chase Moothart, Matt Kormeluk, Sam Kobrine, William Hunter, Steven Guder and Mika Grasso.

The team was coached by Jackson, who also guides the Edison High boys' and girls' volleyball teams, Craig Moothart, a former pro who's from Costa Mesa, Matthew Skolnik, a former Orange Coast College player, and Rusty Sary, a former Newport Harbor High standout who played at OCC.

The Balboa Bay 18 Hurley team finished fifth in its open division age group.

Recent Corona del Mar graduates Parker Brown, Joe Ctvrtlik and Jack Reed played on the team, which went 6-3 during the tournament.

The Balboa Bay 18 White team placed 13th. Newport Harbor's Griffin Leggett and Chris Sheppard were on the team.

Balboa Bay has its 15, 16 and 17 Hurley teams and 17 White team still competing in their respective open division age groups in Dallas.

— From staff reports

Stalder, Gordon win tournament

Incoming Newport Harbor High sophomore Reese Stalder and Corona del Mar resident Henry Gordon had a Fourth of July to remember.

Stalder and Gordon won the boys' 16 doubles title at a United States Tennis Assn. National Open tournament in Lakewood.

They defeated William Chiu of San Diego and Michael Genender of Los Angeles, 8-1 in a pro set, in the final at Lakewood Tennis Center. Previously, Stalder and Gordon had upset top-seeded Steven Chen of San Diego and Michael Nguyen of San Jose, 8-3, in the quarterfinals. They also beat Trevor Johnson of Las Vegas and Creel Smith of Wyoming, 8-4, in the semifinals of the Level 2 tournament.

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