18U's The Lambs and 13U's Miley's Beaches came away the respective winners of the Northern Mariana Islands Volleyball Association's third and final Training Clinic Beach Volleyball Tournament held beachside at Fiesta Resort & Spa last Saturday.
The Lambs members include Celine Camacho, Andrew Johnson, Christopher Lam, and Clay Mcullough-Stearns.
They rose through the lower bracket of the 12-team double-elimination competition and knocked off top-ranked Julie's Hair two times in a row to reign supreme in the end.
The Lambs went through Last Minute and Home Slice before being bumped into the elimination realm by Julie's Hair in the upper bracket semifinals, but they earned a second crack at their rivals after ousting third place Rastafari, 15-4, in the lower bracket semis duel and turned it on in the clutch.
Revived with the big win coming into the finals, The Lambs mustered a 15-11 victory to force a deciding tiebreaker match with Julie's Hair and went on to rule the day, 15-11, in the final standoff.
Miley's Beaches is comprised of Maile Aldrich, Steven Lee, Yubin Park, and Elnathan Wong and they ran the table over seven other teams.
Miley's Beaches streaked past the Mini-Dominators and the Young Guns before giving the boot to Glas in what turned out to be an upper bracket nail-biter, 17-15, that awarded the eventual champs a twice-to-beat advantage heading into the finals.
Glas knocked out third placer Awesomeness, 15-8, in the lower bracket semis, but succumbed to Miley's Beaches once again, 15-10, in the main event.
The winning team members each received Mizuno/USA Volleyball tote bags.
In addition, 18U's Angel Sound and Daviey Babauta and 13U's Keoki Pangelinan and Chloe Kosak were selected as the male and female most improved players of their respective age groups. The four each received a volleyball for their hard work.
After the event, NMIVA founder Laurie Peterka thanked all of the players, parents, and volunteers and issued a special recognition to volunteer Amy McRoberts and acknowledged her as a hero to the group for her education and patience as one of the key organizers of their events.
Peterka said McRoberts sacrifices a lot of her time to ensure that the events run smoothly. She added that McRoberts is responsible for keeping track of a lot of the paper work in regards to record keeping in addition to a multitude of other responsibilities and little things that always need to be tended to. Peterka and CNMI National team coach Russ Quinn presented her with a FIVB Heroes T-shirt at the end of the awards ceremony.