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.

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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.

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.

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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