HERMOSA BEACH, Calif. – Cool weather greeted the opening day of the USA Volleyball Collegiate Beach Championships at Hermosa Beach Pier. Pool play started for the 24-pair women’s field, and the men’s 11-team field.

In the women’s bracket, all six pools are led by teams from the top 11 seeds, including: No. 1 Kelly Claes/Sara Hughes (USC, Pool A); No. 11 Anika Wilson/Deahna Kraft (Pepperdine, Pool B); No. 3 Delaney Knudsen/Madalyn Roh (Pepperdine, Pool C); No. 10 Rachel Nieto/Kobi Pekich (Long Beach State, Pool D); No. 5 Corinne Quiggle/Brittany Howard (Pepperdine, Pool E); and No. 7 McKenna Witt/Madison Witt (Arizona, Pool F).

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The men’s pools feature two ties in the three-team abbreviated Pool A. Two teams sitting at 1-0 after the first day: Lucas Yoder/Michael Saeta (USC/UC Irvine); and Louis Richard/Matt Butler (Long Beach State). In Pool B, UCLA’s Jackson Bantle/Hagen Smith are tied for tops, 2-0, with UC Irvine’s Reid Dominguez/Dillon Hoffman. In Pool C, Hawaii’s Brett Rosenmeier/Colton Cowell lead the way at 2-0.

Pool play for the women finishes on Friday at 10:30 a.m. PT. The men’s pool play action will conclude at 12 p.m. PT. Starting at noon the women, followed by the men, will have a play-in matches. The women for two spots into the round of 16 and the men for the fourth quarterfinal spot. The women will play through the round of 16 and quarterfinals on Friday, the men through the quarterfinals.

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The top two teams out of each men’s pool will advance, the highest of the third-place finishers (according to point ratio) will advance. A play-in match will be played between the next two third-place finishers based on point ratio for the final single-elimination bracket spot.

In women’s play, there are six pools of four teams. At the conclusion of pool play, the top two of each pool will advance to single elimination. The two highest of the third-place pool finishers, based on their point ratio, will advance; the 3rd-6th ranked of the third-place pool finishers will play play-in matches to earn the final two Rd of 16 spots.

The USA Volleyball Collegiate Beach Championships is the first stop of the Team USA Summer Champions Series, presented by Comcast. The women’s final will air live on NBCSN at 6 p.m. ET on May 13. The men’s final will air taped delayed after the women’s match. The winners of the event will earn a spot on a USAV collegiate beach national team, which competes throughout the U.S. and abroad at FIVB events.

Athletes

Seed WOMEN
  Player 1Player 2School
 Kelly ClaesSara HughesSouthern California
 Jessalyn KinlawMegan RiceFlorida Atlantic
 Delaney KnudsenMadalyn RohPepperdine
 Terese CannonNicolette MartinSouthern California
 Corinne QuiggleBrittany HowardPepperdine
 Victoria Paranagua  Vanessa Freire  Florida State
 McKenna WittMadison WittArizona
 Jenna BeltonJo KremerSouthern California
 Abril BustamanteJoy DennisSouthern California
10  Rachel NietoKobi PekichLong Beach State
11  Anika WilsonDeahna KraftPepperdine
12  Lindsey KnudsenPayton RundSaint Mary’s College (CA)
13  Kamila TanJordan AndersonUCLA
14  Sarah SponcilSavannah SlatteryLoyola Marymount
15  Lily JustineMadi YeomansUCLA
16  Leigh AndrewBrooke KuhlmanFlorida State
17  Delaney RohanChelsea RossGeorgia State
18  Claire CoppolaKristen NussLSU
19  Macie TendrichKatie ZimmermanSouth Carolina
20  Katie SmithAdrianna CulbertSouth Carolina
21  Olivia PowersKatie LindelowLSU
22  Crissy JonesTia ScambrayWashington
23  Amy NealJaelyn GreeneTCU
24  Hannah HubbardEmily SonnyCal Poly
Seed  MEN    
  Player 1Player 2School
 Lucas YoderMichael SaetaSouthern California/UC Irvine
 Jackson BantleHagen SmithUCLA
 Nathan Vander MeerLogan WebberDavenport/Cincinnati Christian
 Grant FriedmanScott StadickUC Irvine
 Reid DominguezDillon HoffmanUC Irvine
 Louis RichardMatt ButlerLong Beach State
 Tyler HedleyVincent PizzutiPalomar College/Long Beach State
 Brian RossBobby CostiganSacred Heart
 Alex VohlandBrett CooperMount St. Joseph
10  Brett RosenmeierColton CowellHawaii
11  Matthew YoshimotoJake WalengaLewis

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