Local teens go for sand volleyball national championship

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Two sand volleyball teams from Wichita hit the beach this week in California, and one of them nearly walked away with an AAU national championship.

Ella Larkin and Ellie Shank, or Team E as they're known in Kansas, breezed through the first rounds... making it into the gold medal bracket. 

They're used to playing on the sand, but indoors in Wichita. The hot beach sand took its toll on their feet. Both played with blisters, and had to deal with the wind from the ocean. 

Team E fought to the end, making it all the way to the championship game. They came up short, but won the silver medal.

Riley Larkin and Caleigh Haetten fought just as hard, and won 5th in the country in their age division. 

They all say it's an experience they'll never forget, and all plan to be back next year.

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