Local volleyball players shine at Cal Cup Tournament


Shane PassVolleyball players Shane Flannery (above), age 12, from Solana Beach, and his partner from Carlsbad, Shane Graff, also 12, competed in the Cal Cup Tournament in Manhattan Beach on Labor Day as the representatives of San Diego for their age group.

“The Shanes” took 5th place, which means that they are the #5 ranked team in California for Beach Volleyball aged 12 and under. During the pool play component of the tournament they almost beat the number one seeded team, losing 22-20 in a very tight match. Considering that they only knew each other for four weeks, their combined tournament record of 8-3 is impressive.

As previously reported, “The Shanes” won the California Beach Volleyball Association 12U Tournament in Ocean Beach on Aug. 13. The boys went undefeated after being paired together by Matt Olson from the Wave Volleyball Club. As a result, they moved on to compete in the Cal Cup Tournament in Manhattan Beach.