Arnold’s Justice, Hawes finish beach volleyball season with win


Eden Hawes, left, and Casey Justice placed first in the Women’s AA division in the AVPNext Tournament in Fort Lauderdale. They were undefeated in both pool play and eliminations.

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Published: Tuesday, July 29, 2014 at 05:51 PM.

PANAMA CITY BEACH — Casey Justice and Eden Hawes don’t always play beach volleyball together. When they do, victories are sure to follow.

A pair of sophomores-to-be at Arnold, Justice and Hawes picked up a women’s AA championship and a runner-up finish in the girls Junior 16 Open division at an AVPNext Tournament in Fort Lauderdale on July 19-20.

The duo played in several tournaments across the country last summer, and this summer has been similarly hectic. Their successful trip to South Florida followed a tournament in Cocoa Beach and represented their final event together this summer.

“We played really well,” said Justice, who added a third-place finish while teamed with Gabby Crowley at the USAV Junior Nationals in Milwaukee this past weekend. “By the time we played in Cocoa Beach and in Fort Lauderdale, it was just miserably hot. When we got second (place), we were just tired.

“... We figured we better go down to the bottom of Florida for better competition. When we went to Fort Lauderdale after the Cocoa Beach tournament, we thought we’d really have to try to win. That’s what we did, and we played really well in the (women’s) AA tournament. We were just tired by juniors.”

As a team, Hawes’ and Justice’s success is predicated largely on outlasting opponents with their ability to dig balls and pass from inside the back line. When they face a team with a big hitter who can spike balls straight down, Justice handles blocking responsibilities at the net while Hawes covers the court behind her.

“We play pretty good, consistent defense, and the other team gets frustrated,” Hawes said.

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