CARLSBAD — La Costa Canyon High’s Natalie Hagglund and Carlsbad High’s Summer Ross became the youngest women’s team to qualify this summer to play in the main draw for one of the nation’s most prestigious professional beach volleyball tournaments.
Hagglund and Ross were one of 16 teams to advance through a 50-team women’s qualifier and secure a spot at the Association of Volleyball Professionals Crocs Slam Bud Light Manhattan Beach Open. Hagglund, 17, will be a senior for the La Costa Canyon Mavericks this fall, and Ross, 16, will be a junior for the Carlsbad High School Lancers.
The pair made a strong showing but lost their two matches at the tournament July 17. Hagglund, and Ross dropped their first match, 21-12, 21-8, to top-seeded Elaine Youngs and Nicole Branagh, the eventual Manhattan Beach champions, who have won six of the first nine tournaments this season on the AVP Crocs Tour. Hagglund and Ross then lost to 33rd-seeded Cindie Boosin and Tealle Hunkus, 21-14, 17-21, 18-16, in the contenders’ bracket of the double-elimination tournament.