Posted On: 09/11/20 3:17 PM

Sunday, July 12th was the day New Jersey got back in action with the Back on the Beach Smackdown (BBS). This Point Pleasant tournament drew out some fierce competitors from all over the tri-state area, but there were five New Jersey-based athletes that really stood out.

Elise Ortel, 5th Place, 37 Points

North Hunterdon junior Elise Ortel showed us that even a middle blocker can get down and do some damage on a sand court. Ortel is gearing up for her second season on the NH Varsity squad, and with only two graduating seniors, she knows she’ll have to step it up this off-season. Not only did she claim a fifth place ranking in the BBS, she also placed first with 16 points in the Junior Jenkinson’s Beach Bash two weeks earlier. This athlete has some heart!

Veronica Tikhomirova, 5th Place, 37 Points

This senior from Barnegat brought her killer swings to the sand court this July. Leading her teams with 206 kills last season, she sure carried a ton of offensive weight. With the only other hitter in the triple digits having graduated in May, Tikhomirova really had

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