By Kristina Houck
Although they just met the day before, Solana Beach volleyball player Shane Flannery and his new partner won the California Beach Volleyball Association 12U Tournament, securing their spot in the Cal Cup Youth Championships next month.
“That last point felt really good,” said 12-year-old Shane, who went undefeated with his 12-year-old partner Shane Graff during the Aug. 13 tournament in Ocean Beach.
Professional beach volleyball player Matt Olson, who serves as director of operations of Del Mar-based WAVE Volleyball, paired the two players. Shane has been a member of the local club for two years, while Shane Graff of Carlsbad plays for Tamarack Beach Volleyball Club.
“Matt thought that they would play well together, and he knows what he’s doing,” said Shane’s father, John Flannery, a former competitive beach volleyball player. “It’s just remarkable. It was fantastic to watch.”
Since their tournament win, the two Shanes have had time to get to know each other better while practicing for California Beach Volleyball Association’s Cal Cup Youth Championships. The event takes place Labor Day in Manhattan Beach.
“We’ll be ready,” said Shane, who is also gearing up for seventh grade at Earl Warren Middle School.
For more about WAVE Volleyball, visit www.wavevb.com.
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