Viking Volleyball Assistant Alex Jones Mentors Beach Pair to 18U Title

Photo Courtesy Santa Cruz Sentinel
Photo Courtesy Santa Cruz Sentinel


Soquel High alumna Maggie Walters — the Sentinel's 2018 Girls Scholar-Athlete of the Year — and teammate Mollie Ebertin of Saratoga won the 18U title at the Beach Volleyball Clubs of America National Championship Tournament at Hermosa Beach on Wednesday.

Walters and Ebertin, playing in their first tournament together, went 10-0 to finish better than 150 teams.

"My partner and I aren't too loud," Walters said of the celebration. "We're pretty quiet. There are a lot more teams who make more noise. But we're on the same page most of the time."


Walters and Ebertin prevailed 8-21, 21-15, 15-5 in the final after advancing from a marathon semifinal, decided 19-17 in the third game.

"I was really tired," Walters said. "The final was low energy. We lost so bad the first game, the second and third game I was still mad (about) the first game."

Walters said the win was rewarding because of the high number of teams and quality players.

"There's not many of the top players missing," Walters said.

Walters, headed to UCLA to play beach volleyball, and Ebertin, a Saint Francis High (Mountain View) alum headed to USC, represented the Santa Cruz Beach Volleyball Club. 


It was SCBVC's first medal at the event in club history. 

The tournament began Monday. Walters advanced so far, she missed her freshman orientation at UCLA on Wednesday morning.

SCBVC director Lucas Bol, also Cabrillo College's head coach, and West Valley assistant coach Alex Jones served as coaches for Walters at the event.

"They were really involved," Walters said. "Alex Jones is super technical. He shows us stuff we don't see on the court."

Walters will compete in the California Beach Volleyball Association's Tour Stop No. 7 on Saturday at Ocean Park in Santa Monica, hoping for a win that will qualify them for the Cal Cup State Championships in late August at Manhattan Beach Pier.