Summit, Patriot to face off for Sunkist League volleyball crown

Many of the county volleyball leagues have already been decided, but the Sunkist League has a big match today at 4:30 p.m., as Summit travels to Riverside Patriot to play for the Sunkist League title.

Both the SkyHawks (15-7 overall) and the Warriors (16-9-2) have identical 8-1 records in league, with Patriot winning four matches in a row since a four-game loss to Summit Oct. 19. The Warriors were ranked No. 12 in the latest CIF-SS Division 4-AA poll. The SkyHawks come in having won three in a row, with their lone loss in league coming in a five-game setback to Jurupa Valley Oct. 21.

Roenicke gets gold in Turkey

Los Osos graduate Tara Roenicke, along with partner Summer Ross, took home the gold medal at the Under-21 Beach Volleyball World Championships earlier today in Alanya, Turkey. The duo took out the Italian team of Marta Menegatti and Viktoria Orsi Toth in three games – 19-21, 26-24 and 15-13 – in a 74-minute match to win the title.

The gold marks the second for Roenicke in international play, as she combined with Ross to win the gold for the United States at the Australian Olympic Youth Festival in January 2009. The article highlighting her most recent achievement can be read here.

Live from CIF volleyball

Just made it to Cypress College for the CIF volleyball championships. I’ll be trying to do three things at once – cover two volleyball championship games (DIII-AA between Bonita and Los Altos and DII-AA between Redlands East Valley and Corona del Mar), live blog at them and still watch parts of the Michigan-Ohio State football game online.

The third is looking to be tough, as they have us in some bird’s nest atop the gym where internet access is spotty. Only a few minutes away from Bonita-Los Altos.

Roenicke named U.S. flag bearer

Los Osos senior volleyball player Tara Roenicke was chosen to be the flag bearer for the United States at the opening ceremonies of the Australian Youth Olympic Festival, which starts Wednesday in Sydney, Australia. The Youth Olympic Festival will host 1,500 athletes from 25 other countries.

This is the second international beach volleyball event for Roenicke, a 5-foot-11 senior who has signed a letter of intent to play at the University of Houston, since July and the third of her illustrious career. She is partnered with Summer Ross of Carlsbad and will begin play at the Youth Olympic Festival next Thursday, Jan. 15. The beach volleyball event runs until Sunday, Jan. 18.

In her career, Roenicke has represented the United States at the 2007 Under-19 World Beach Volleyball championships in Poland and at the 2008 U-19 World Championships in the Netherlands this past summer. In the most recent trip, Roenicke and Serrano graduate Caitlin Ledoux took fifth place, the best finish for an American girls team.

We’ll have updates on Roenicke’s progress at the event, but for information, the website for the Youth Olympic Festival is http://ayof09.olympics.com.au/.