Point Loma sand volleyball makes it to title match
by SCOTT HOPKINS
Published - 06/07/16 - 01:12 PM | 7219 views | 0 0 comments | 11 11 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Sand volleyball, a club sport at Point Loma High School, went to the county championship. Coaches and top team members are, left to right, head coach Davis Ransom, asst. coach Jordan Checkal, Madilyn Yeomans, Charlie Ekstrom, Sierra Caffo, Sarah Szostak, Ali Mathews, Hailey Brockett and asst. coach Paul Araiza. / PHOTO BY BRANT BROCKETT
Sand volleyball, a club sport at Point Loma High School, went to the county championship. Coaches and top team members are, left to right, head coach Davis Ransom, asst. coach Jordan Checkal, Madilyn Yeomans, Charlie Ekstrom, Sierra Caffo, Sarah Szostak, Ali Mathews, Hailey Brockett and asst. coach Paul Araiza. / PHOTO BY BRANT BROCKETT
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Sand volleyball has become not only an Olympic sport but has gained popularity at the high school level, and Point Loma High Pointers are among the county's most successful girls teams.

The Pointers, whose home court is at Ocean Beach, just completed their third season, posting a 9-2 record that took them all the way to the championship match, where they were defeated by Torrey Pines High.

The Pointers finished in first place in the Western Power League of the San Diego High School Sand Volleyball Association. On their way to the final match, the No. 2 seeded Pointers eliminated University City and La Jolla. 

Much like doubles tennis, sand volleyball matches involve competitions between two-person teams. Going into the title match against Torrey Pines, Pointer teammates Ali Mathews and Sarah Szostak had not lost all season.

At present, sand volleyball is a club sport and not governed by the local San Diego CIF. If growth continues, this may change.

More than 30 girls took part in this year's PLHS program, with three of them earning college scholarships to continue their careers. Madilyn Yeomans will play at UCLA, Charlie Ekstrom will attend Loyola Marymount University and Szostak will go to Spring Hill College.

Davis Ransom, who coaches PLHS' girls volleyball team, is also head coach of the sand volleyball program. He is assisted by Paul Araiza and PLHS alum Jordan Checkal.

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