#3 UCLA Beach Beats #4 Florida St. 4-1 (4/1)

  0 Braden Keith | April 02nd, 2017 | ASUN Conference, Big West, CCSA, College - Beach, Division II, Division III, Independents, News, Pac-12, West Coast Conference

A trio of top 10 vs. top 10 matches highlighted Saturday’s national beach schedule, with the higher-ranked team coming out ahead in 2 of those games.

At the FIU Surf and Turf Invitational in Miami, #3 UCLA beat #4 Florida St 4-1. By day’s end, that ran the UCLA school-record winning streak to 17 consecutive duals, though the McNamara twins Megan and Nicole fell at the 1 line for the 2nd straight day, losing a 3-setter to FIU’s Margherita Bianchin/Federica Frasca.

This was the second win this season for UCLA over Florida St, after a 3-2 victory earlier in the year.

In Atlanta, #7 LSU toppled their hosts, #10 Georgia State, with a 3-2 win. That runs the Tigers’ season record to 12-5, and more importantly is a hallmark win over a team with whom they’ll be contending for one of the final spots in the 8 invited to the NCAA tournament in May.

“We had a really good day today. I’m proud of our group for coming together to win both matches. We have been grinding against great competition all year, and I think that confidence from playing great teams over and over pulled us through the Georgia State match,” said LSU head coach Russell Brock.

In the other headlining matchup of the day, #6 Long Beach State knocked off #5 Hawaii 3-2. The two sides split the first 4 matches of the day, which left it down to a juggernaut showdown at the 1 line.

There, Long Beach State’s Nele Barber and Rachel Nieto beat Hawaii’s Morgan Martin and Mikayla Tucker (21-18, 22-20) to seal the day for the Beach. Barber and Nieto are now 17-1 on the season, while Martin and Tucker fall to 13-7.

#12 Arizona State, meanwhile had a little bit of a recovery in Miami after a dismal 0-3 Friday. On Saturday, the Sun Devils went 2-1, beating New Orleans and #14 Florida Atlantic before falling to Florida St. 5-0 in their 3rd match of the morning (a morning that began at 5AM in their home time zone).

“We need to embrace the competition”, said Arizona head coach Steve Walker. “We have so far, against some high profile programs and we’re going to continue to do that and elevate our game in practice like we can and show up ready to take no prisoners.”

The top-ranked USC Trojans won their only match of Saturday with a 5-0 sweep of winless San Francisco. USC was scheduled to play St. Mary’s as well, but that game got moved to Sunday.

Full April 1, 2017 Scoreboard:

Winning Team Losing Team Score Winning Team Recap Losing Team Recap
#1 USC San Francisco 5-0 Link Link
#3 UCLA #15 FIU 4-1 Link Link
#3 UCLA Tulane 5-0 Link Link
#3 UCLA #4 Florida St. 4-1 Link Link
#4 Florida St. New Orleans 5-0 Link Link
#4 Florida St. #12 Arizona State 5-0 Link Link
#5 Hawaii Cal Poly 4-1 Link Link
#6 Long Beach St. #5 Hawaii 3-2 Link Link
#6 Long Beach State Sacramento St. 5-0 Link Link
#7 LSU #10 Georgia State 3-2 Link Link
#7 LSU Jacksonville St. 5-0 Link Link
#8 Arizona #13 Grand Canyon 4-1 Link Link
#8 Arizona CSUB 5-0 Link Link
#9 Stetson North Florida 4-1 Link Link
#9 Stetson Jacksonville 5-0 Link Link
#10 Georgia State Lincoln Memorial 5-0 Link Link
#11 South Carolina Coastal Carolina 5-0 Link Link
#11 South Carolina Mercer 5-0 Link Link
#12 Arizona State #14 FAU 3-2 Link Link
#12 Arizona State New Orleans 4-1 Link Link
#15 FIU #14 FAU 3-2 Link Link
#15 FIU Tulane 4-1 Link Link
Tulane New Orleans 5-0 Link Link
FGCU North Florida 4-1 Link Link
FGCU Jacksonville 4-1 Link Link
UNCW Mercer 4-1 Link Link
TCU ULM 4-1 Link Link
TCU Central Arkansas 4-1 Link Link
Cal Poly CSUN 3-2 Link Link
St. Mary’s San Francisco 5-0 Link Link
Houston Baptist ULM 3-2 Link Link
New Mexico Santa Clara 4-1 Link Link
College of Charleston UNCW 3-2 Link Link
Jacksonville St. Austin Peay 4-1 Link Link
UAB Lincoln Memorial 5-0 Link Link
UAB Austin Peay 5-0 Link Link
CSUN Sacramento St. 4-1 Link Link
Coastal Carolina Stevenson 4-1 Link Link
College of Charleston UNCW 3-2 Link Link
College of Charleston Stevenson 5-0 Link Link
Central Arkansas Texas A&M Corpus Christi 5-0 Link Link

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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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