#1 UCLA Tops #3 Hawaii for Shot at ‘Noles and the NCAA Title

  0 Braden Keith | May 06th, 2018 | Big West, College - Beach, News, Pac-12


The #1-seeded UCLA Bruins had to do it the hard way, but they’ve fought back to earn a shot at the championship in a winner-take-all affair against undefeated #4 seed Florida State.

  • #1 UCLA def. #3 Hawaii 3-2

Hawaii came up with the first point of the dual when #4 pair Amy Ozeel/Ari Homayun won their match in straight sets. UCLA answered with a win at the #5 line where Izzy Carey/Megan Muret beat Hawaii’s #5s in straight sets, 21-14, 21-12.

Last point of #5:

But then the focus shifted to the top lines, where we knew the mega-matchups were coming, and where Hawaii’s strengths have been all year long. UCLA’s indominable McNamara twins, who have now won all 8 sets they’ve played in at this year’s championship

Last point of #1:

Hawaii would not yet go away: Carly Kan and Laurel Weaver, who have been Hawaii’s best team this season with a 37-4 record including a perfect 4-0 record this weekend, won a 3-setter to tie the match at 2 wins each.

Moments later, UCLA’s #2 line Lily Justine/Sarah Sponcil finished off a 3-set win (21-19, 25-23, 15-11) over Hawaii to send their team to the title. The victory marked UCLA’s 39th dual win in 2018, which is a new program record.

The point that clinched the match:

Championship Dual Details:

  • 2PM Eastern Time
  • #1 UCLA vs. #4 Florida State
  • Live Streaming
  • Television: ESPN

UCLA has won the 2 previous meetings this year, with a 3-2 victory on March 11th and a 4-1 win on March 30th, but Florida State has been a different team thiis week, so the match is to be considered sufficiently ‘wide open.’ Especially given that Florida State has had Sunday to rest in the air conditioning while UCLA was out playing in the sun just an hour before the championship match.

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Braden Keith

Braden Keith is the Editor-in-Chief and co-founder of VolleyMob.com. Braden's first foray into sports journalism came in 2010, when he launched a swimming website called The Swimmers' Circle. Two years later, he joined SwimSwam.com as a co-founder. Long huge fans of volleyball, when Braden and the SwimSwam partners sought an opportunity to …

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