#13 Stanford Struggles at 1-Line, Still Pulls Out 4-0 Weekend (3/5)

  0 Braden Keith | March 06th, 2017 | ASUN Conference, Big West, CCSA, College - Beach, News, Pac-12, West Coast Conference

The opening weekend of the 2017 NCAA beach volleyball season concluded on Sunday with a lot of program history being made.

The South Carolina Gamecocks picked up a pair of 5-0 wins on Sunday, which moves them to 4-0 so far this season – matching the best start in program history. That includes a victory over #11 FIU, the weekend highlight, which should be enough to move them into the top 15 of the AVCA coaches’ poll when it’s released this week.

While that loss marred a 5-win weekend for FIU, they do have some consolation – their 4-line (Estefanie Bethancourt/Anabela Sataric) and 5-line (Taija Thomas/Margherita Bianchin) are both 6-0 in their games this weekend.

The 14th-ranked Cal women also opened their season undefeated by picking up wins over regional rivals Santa Clara and Cal Poly. Their primary rivals, Stanford, are also undefeated, but have more uncertainty as they look to progress in their ‘great experiment.’ Freshman pair Kathryn Plummer and Jenna Gray, both of whom have a primary background indoors, are just 1-3 this season playing under pressure at the 1-line for the Cardinal.

The 10th-ranked LSU Tigers rebounded from a disastrous Saturday to beat #9 Stetson on Sunday – a win that keeps them in the hunt for one of the 8 spots at the NCAA tournament in May. Also on the gulf coast, #15 Tulane has backed-up their early season ranking by going 4-0 (20-0 in counting games, and all 4 6th-line exhibition wins to boot).

And a special congratulations to the new program at Austin Peay. The Goernors didn’t win a match in the first weekend in program history, but they did get a historic first game when their 1 line pair of Ginny Gerig and Jenna Panning beat UAB’s Avei Longoleo/Erika Zembyla on Sunday in a hard-fought 3 (21-14, 19-21, 15-13).

Full results from Sunday’s action:

Winning Team Losing Team Score Winning Team Recap Losing Team Recap
#8 Georgia State North Florida 5-0 Link Link
#8 Georgia State Spring Hill 5-0 Link Link
#10 LSU #9 Stetson 3-2 Link Link
#11FIU Charleston 4-1 Link Link
#11 FIU UNCW 5-0 Link Link
#13 Stanford Pacific 3-2 Link Link
#13 Stanford Saint Mary’s 4-1 Link Link
#14 Cal Santa Clara 4-1 Link Link
#14 Cal Cal Poly 3-2 Link Link
#15 Tulane UL Monroe 5-0 Link Link
#15 Tulane Austin Peay 5-0 Link Link
South Carolina College of Charleston 5-0 Link Link
South Carolina North Florida 5-0 Link Link
Pacific Santa Clara 4-1 Link Link
UAB UL Monroe 5-0 Link Link
UAB Austin Peay 4-1 Link Link
St. Mary’s Cal Poly 3-2 Link Link
UNCW Spring Hill 4-1 Link Link

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About Braden Keith

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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