HERMOSA BEACH, Calif. – The second day of the USA Volleyball Collegiate Beach Championships rolled into a scenic California sunset as teams narrowed down into Saturday’s semifinal field.
Beginning at eight in the morning, the competition stretched through the day as the sun set on the final match of the day, between Georgia State and Saint Mary’s. The women’s Saturday semifinals will feature two teams from Southern California, one from Pepperdine and Georgia State. The men’s semis have athletes from UCLA, Hawaii, a pair from USC/UC Irvine and a pair from Davenport/Cincinnati Christian.
In the round of 16, six women’s teams were pairs that were not at the 2017 NCAA Championship, and in the quarterfinals, half of the teams didn’t compete in this year’s NCAA Champs. The bracket presented an opportunity for schools to compete against unlikely regular season matchups. Saturday’s semifinals features: No. 1 Kelly Claes/Sara Hughes (USC) against No. 5 Corinne Quiggle/Brittany Howard (Pepperdine); No. 4 Terese Cannon/Nicolette Martin (USC) versus No. 17 Delaney Rohan/Chelsea Ross (Georgia State).
For Georgia State’s Rohan/Ross, the duo had a marathon of a day. In the round of 16 they used three sets to take out Louisiana State’s Claire Coppola/Kristen Nuss, 21-23, 21-10, 15-10. The final match of the day was Rohan/Ross against Saint Mary’s Lindsey Knudsen/Payton Rund. The two teams traded the first two sets before GSU edged it out for the final semifinal slot, 21-19, 17-21, 15-13, just before the sun set on Hermosa Beach Pier.
In men’s play, traditional indoor powerhouses proved their worth on the sand with Hawaii’s Brett Rosenmeier/Colton Cowell, UCLA’s Jackson Bantle/Hagen Smith, Lucas Yoder (USC)/Michael Saeta (UC Irvine) earning spots in the semifinals. The third seed in the tournament was of a mixed school pair, Nathan Vander Meer (Davenport)/Logan Webber (Cincinnati Christian), who earned their spot in the semifinals after a 2-1 record in pool play and a three-set victory against Long Beach State’s Louis Richard/Matt Butler in the quarterfinals, 21-13, 14-21, 15-13.
— USA Volleyball (@usavolleyball) May 13, 2017
WATCH THE FINALS
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.
|Player 1||Player 2||School|
|1||Kelly Claes||Sara Hughes||Southern California|
|2||Jessalyn Kinlaw||Megan Rice||Florida Atlantic|
|3||Delaney Knudsen||Madalyn Roh||Pepperdine|
|4||Terese Cannon||Nicolette Martin||Southern California|
|5||Corinne Quiggle||Brittany Howard||Pepperdine|
|6||Victoria Paranagua||Vanessa Freire||Florida State|
|7||McKenna Witt||Madison Witt||Arizona|
|8||Jenna Belton||Jo Kremer||Southern California|
|9||Abril Bustamante||Joy Dennis||Southern California|
|10||Rachel Nieto||Kobi Pekich||Long Beach State|
|11||Anika Wilson||Deahna Kraft||Pepperdine|
|12||Lindsey Knudsen||Payton Rund||Saint Mary’s College (CA)|
|13||Kamila Tan||Jordan Anderson||UCLA|
|14||Sarah Sponcil||Savannah Slattery||Loyola Marymount|
|15||Lily Justine||Madi Yeomans||UCLA|
|16||Leigh Andrew||Brooke Kuhlman||Florida State|
|17||Delaney Rohan||Chelsea Ross||Georgia State|
|18||Claire Coppola||Kristen Nuss||LSU|
|19||Macie Tendrich||Katie Zimmerman||South Carolina|
|20||Katie Smith||Adrianna Culbert||South Carolina|
|21||Olivia Powers||Katie Lindelow||LSU|
|22||Crissy Jones||Tia Scambray||Washington|
|23||Amy Neal||Jaelyn Greene||TCU|
|24||Hannah Hubbard||Emily Sonny||Cal Poly|
|Player 1||Player 2||School|
|1||Lucas Yoder||Michael Saeta||Southern California/UC Irvine|
|2||Jackson Bantle||Hagen Smith||UCLA|
|3||Nathan Vander Meer||Logan Webber||Davenport/Cincinnati Christian|
|4||Grant Friedman||Scott Stadick||UC Irvine|
|5||Reid Dominguez||Dillon Hoffman||UC Irvine|
|6||Louis Richard||Matt Butler||Long Beach State|
|7||Tyler Hedley||Vincent Pizzuti||Palomar College/Long Beach State|
|8||Brian Ross||Bobby Costigan||Sacred Heart|
|9||Alex Vohland||Brett Cooper||Mount St. Joseph|
|10||Brett Rosenmeier||Colton Cowell||Hawaii|
|11||Matthew Yoshimoto||Jake Walenga||Lewis|