G.E.V.A. Pick

Kathy McGeehan, who coaches East Hampton High’s girls volleyball team, said this week that Raya O’Neal has been picked by the Garden Empire Volleyball Association to play in a high performance tournament in Phoenix, Ariz., at the end of this month.
    O’Neal, who is East Hampton’s setter, was picked following invitational tryouts at a G.E.V.A. camp over the weekend. Christina Cangiolosi, a middle blocker with East Hampton’s junior varsity team last fall, also attended the camp. Melanie Mackin, an outside hitter on the varsity, and her middle hitter teammate, Sarah Johnson, are to attend G.E.V.A. tryouts this weekend.    
In other local volleyball news, Summer Foley and Kim Valverde placed third in the women’s A bracket of a G.E.V.A. beach volleyball tournament at Babylon’s Cedar Beach last weekend, and the 14-and-under girls bracket was won by East Hampton’s Jenna and Lydia Budd, who defeated fellow Bonackers Katie Brierley and Carley Seekamp in the final. Moreover, Matt Lownes and Nick West placed second in the 16-and-under coed division. A G.E.V.A. beach volleyball clinic is to be held at Long Beach on July 24. More information is available through www.geva.org.