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.

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 1Player 2School
1Kelly ClaesSara HughesSouthern California
2Jessalyn KinlawMegan RiceFlorida Atlantic
3Delaney KnudsenMadalyn RohPepperdine
4Terese CannonNicolette MartinSouthern California
5Corinne QuiggleBrittany HowardPepperdine
6Victoria ParanaguaVanessa FreireFlorida State
7McKenna WittMadison WittArizona
8Jenna BeltonJo KremerSouthern California
9Abril BustamanteJoy DennisSouthern California
10Rachel NietoKobi PekichLong Beach State
11Anika WilsonDeahna KraftPepperdine
12Lindsey KnudsenPayton RundSaint Mary’s College (CA)
13Kamila TanJordan AndersonUCLA
14Sarah SponcilSavannah SlatteryLoyola Marymount
15Lily JustineMadi YeomansUCLA
16Leigh AndrewBrooke KuhlmanFlorida State
17Delaney RohanChelsea RossGeorgia State
18Claire CoppolaKristen NussLSU
19Macie TendrichKatie ZimmermanSouth Carolina
20Katie SmithAdrianna CulbertSouth Carolina
21Olivia PowersKatie LindelowLSU
22Crissy JonesTia ScambrayWashington
23Amy NealJaelyn GreeneTCU
24Hannah HubbardEmily SonnyCal Poly
Player 1Player 2School
1Lucas YoderMichael SaetaSouthern California/UC Irvine
2Jackson BantleHagen SmithUCLA
3Nathan Vander MeerLogan WebberDavenport/Cincinnati Christian
4Grant FriedmanScott StadickUC Irvine
5Reid DominguezDillon HoffmanUC Irvine
6Louis RichardMatt ButlerLong Beach State
7Tyler HedleyVincent PizzutiPalomar College/Long Beach State
8Brian RossBobby CostiganSacred Heart
9Alex VohlandBrett CooperMount St. Joseph
10Brett RosenmeierColton CowellHawaii
11Matthew YoshimotoJake WalengaLewis