Great times on the beach every summer! And today we recognize those that contributed their version of summer fun. Players voted on the following awards (note: Sandman Award is nominated by coaches). The Sandman Award is given to the player with the most hustle -- often times this person will dive so much that they bring home loads of sand in all sorts of cracks & crevices! The Most Improved Player Award is not an easy award to get - given that EVERYONE improves on the beach (b/c of all the extra touches in beach doubles). There's the Favorite Coach Award which is easy to vote for but hard to win -- there's lots of positive youth coaches that are deserving. The Favorite Partner award is a true compliment - we switch partners constantly so there's so many to choose from, but ultimately players enjoy playing with partners that are positive with mistakes and hustle a lot.
AVA's SANDMAN Award: Phoebe Fickbohm
Phoebe is the coaches vote for the Sandman Award -- her hustle is second to none. She's always willing to run down her partner's shanks and give her best defensive effort.
Cowell & Marrs win the SUMMER FINALE!
Cowell and Marrs win the Summer Finale! Colton finishes his AVA youth career with a win with his childhood buddy, Hunter. Both played in last year's high school prep tourney on Oahu and won. Hunter has 1 more year to amass more championships - adding to his current total of 9.
Pilotin & Fickbohm take the 18s Summer Finale!
Erica Pilotin & Phoebe Fickbohm win the Summer Finale's 18s Girls Division! The last AVA tourney of each season is a big deal - so watch the girls battle Emma Pilotin & Julia Bianco below. It's a great finals - featuring 2 sisters, an up-and-comer and finals "regular". Winners of this tourney receive AVA's Trophy T-shirt.
Special thanks to Kahea Andrade who's senior project is to help support AVA in it's drive to complete the Kula Facility. Kahea marketed the event, provided a concession and even played in the tourney! She also got some great coupons from Sports Authority.
1. Erica Pilotin and Phoebe Fickbohm
2. Emma Pilotin and Julia Bianco
3. Javan Fernandez and Alea Cervantes
4. Aliah Ayau and Isabel Bennett
5. Shayla Hoeft and Casey Arakaki
6. Haylee Patch and Danielle Bergson
7. Nicole Fatheree & Saje Kanemitsu
8. Kiana Correa and Kiana Hyman
t9. Jasmine Marie Corn and Kahea Andrade
t9. Jordan Omura and Meghan Dorheim
11. Tatum Jones and Makayla Marrs
12. Demari Gonzales and Caitlin Mcasland
Leuteneker & Russell win the Summer Finale!
Sevilla Leuteneker and Amy Russell win the Summer Finale over Jesse Coralle and Thomas Russell, 2-0. Sevilla hauls in her 5th Title this Summer and Amy has won 2 of her last 3 tourneys! Congrats to the Summer Finale Winners - who receive AVA's only "trophy" - the black and yellow AVA Champion's tee (only available 3x a year - for the season finale tourneys).