Local beach volleyball duo excels in The Netherlands

The team of Los Osos incoming senior Tara Roenicke and Serrano graduate Caitlin Ledoux advanced to the quarterfinals of the Under-19 World Beach Volleyball Championships held in The Hague, Netherlands from July 30-Aug. 3, winning their pool and a Round of 16 match in the process.

Roenicke – in her second U-19 appearance in as many years – and Ledoux, who is attending Long Beach State to play volleyball this fall, rolled through Pool F, defeating teams from The Netherlands, Austria and France in the process. They then took out the Ukrainian duo of Maryna Samoday and Tetyana Sukach in the first round of medal play in three games (21-10, 19-21, 15-10) before being defeated by the Russian duo of Irina Chaika and Ekaterina Karapischenko in two games. Roenicke and Ledoux dropped a heart-breaking 26-24 first game before being defeated 21-9 in the second game.

While Ledoux will be too old to compete in the event next season, Roenicke seems like a good bet of making a third consecutive appearance at the Worlds next year.