The tournament started Thanksgiving Day at the Racquet Club of Irvine.
Van Alphen received a full sponsorship from Kai Nitsche, vice president and general manager of Dunlop Racquet Sports North America, and signed a full sponsorship agreement with Dunlop Sports on Monday, her father Marc Van Alphen said.
Pitz wins two events, Breakers fall to Sailors
Taylor Pitz won both the girls' longboard and girls' shortboard events Nov. 24 when the Laguna Beach surf team took on Newport Harbor at Salt Creek Beach Park in Dana Point.
The Sailors won, 88-77, in a contest held in cool, crisp off-shore peak conditions in the three-foot range.
Pitz emerged victorious in the girls' longboard where teammates Leah Pakpour and Brenda Joseph finished second and fourth, respectively. The trio also finished in the same order in the girls' shortboard. Pakpour rode teammate Kris Williams' longboard in the girls' longboard competition.
Williams picked up a second-place finish in the boys' longboard just ahead of Breakers Travis Sampson (third) and Cody Alter (fifth). Williams also did well in boys' shortboard where he finished third. Laguna freshman Cameron DePhyffer followed up his first contest performance from a week ago, with another second-place spot in his boys' shortboard heat.
Teague Hamilton was fourth in his boys' shortboard heat and Rex Strombotne lost a tie-breaker and finished fourth in his heat.
In boys' bodyboard, Blair Conklin placed third, Adam Redding-Kaufman was fourth and Jack Howey, in his first start, placed sixth.
Volleyball club has openings
Main Beach Laguna Volleyball Club has openings for girls age 14, born on or after Sept. 1, 1996. The team will compete in Southern California Volleyball Assn. tournaments through June at various sites. Team practices will be Mondays and Wednesdays at San Clemente High. For information, call (949) 637-6467.