Niceville's Mims, Masone, qualify for beach Junior Olympics

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Sami Mims and Helene Masone celebrate qualifying for Junior Olympics this weekend in California

Published: Wednesday, July 23, 2014 at 08:09 PM.

There was a lot that Sami Mims and Helene Masone didn’t know last weekend.

For starters, they didn’t really know each other, at least in the sense they needed to. The two, despite both being Niceville High School Eagles, had never played volleyball on the same side of the net before.

From watching one another on junior varsity and varsity — Mims will be a senior, Masone a sophomore — Mims knew Masone was a deft passer, but there was no way Masone knew precisely where Mims liked her sets and vise versa.

There was much to figure out in a short amount of time.

And yet, in their first act as beach teammates, they were headed to a tournament in Orlando for what they thought was a national qualifier for championships in Milwaukee this weekend.

Which leads to the next element they were entirely unaware of: It was not a qualifier for Milwaukee, but rather an entryway into Junior Olympics, also held this weekend, in Hermosa Beach, Calif.

“We only thought it was a qualifier for nationals,” Mims said. “We were like ‘Oh, it’s in Milwaukee.’ We really didn’t want to go to Milwaukee.’ ”



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