The Farris family in Lansing is carving out quite the legacy on the volleyball court – indoor and out.
Sisters Kennedy and Kamryn Farris traveled to Siesta Key, Florida, for the 2017 USA Volleyball Junior Beach Tour Championships in July and got plenty of experience on the beach.
Junior Kennedy Farris, who verbally committed to Missouri State last spring, teamed up with Morgan Miller (St. James Academy) in the U16 Open field and finished 4-4 overall, winning seven of 15 sets played. They also entered the U18 Open tournament and finished 53rd out of 87 teams.
“They did things different this year,” Kennedy Farris said of the U18 field. “You could have gone 0-3 the first day and still been in running for gold because everything was just based off of points.
“There was flooding on the beach and lots of delays. Playing conditions on some of the courts were worse than playing on a gym floor (because) the sand was so compacted.”
She also noted that her team dropped its challenge match to get into the gold bracket of U16 and finished in 46th place.
Missouri State is adding beach volleyball and Kennedy hopes to join the team on her arrival at the school in the fall 2019. Beach plays in the spring opposite of the fall indoor season.
Kamryn Farris and Jaden Raynsborg of Shawnee joined forces in U14 open and went 6-2 overall for 48th place out of 121 teams.
“They went undefeated until their challenge match which you had to win that for gold bracket,” Kennedy Farris said. “It was an unfortunate situation as we played a team we had already beaten and they knew our game. Out of 121 teams, we shouldn't have been playing a team we already played.”