USAV Collegiate Beach Championships
Women’s action continued at the USA Volleyball Collegiate Beach Championships in Hermosa Beach, California, with a pair of play-in matches and the Round of 16.
The first order of business was to decide the final two spots in the Round of 16. Lindsey Knudsen and Payton Rund (St. Mary’s), who took third in Pool A with a 1-2 mark, battled Washington’s Crissy Jones and Tia Scambray, who were third in Pool C at 1-2. Knudsen/Rund won the match 21-19, 21-19.
In the other play-in match, Florida State’s Victoria Paranagua and Vanessa Freire, which were third in Pool F at 1-2, defeated TCU’s Amy Neal and Jaelyn Greene, which posted a 1-2 mark in Pool B. Paranagua/Freire won the match 21-12, 22-20.
Knudsen/Rund carried the momentum into the Round of 16, where they defeated Pepperdine’s Anika Wilson and Deahna Kraft in three sets to move on to the quarterfinals. Meanwhile, Paranagua/Freire had to take on top overall pair Kelly Claes and Sara Hughes from USC in the Round of 16, falling 21-12, 21-16. Claes/Hughes won all three of their Pool A matches to earn the No. 1 spot coming out of the group.
Seven different schools will be represented in the quarterfinals later Friday evening. Claes/Hughes will be joined by teammates Terese Cannon and Nicolette Martin. Other quarterfinalists are: Loyola Marymount’s Sarah Sponcil and Savannah Slattery; Pepperdine’s Corinne Quiggle and Brittany Howard; Florida State’s Leigh Andrew and Brooke Kuhlman; Arizona’s Madison and McKenna Witt; Georgia State’s Chelsea Ross and Delaney Rohan.
Four of the advancing teams won their groups: Claes/Hughes (3-0) from Pool A, Andrew/Kuhlman (2-1) from Pool D; Quiggle/Howard (3-0) from Pool E; and Witt/Witt (3-0) from Pool F.
Sponcil/Slattery (2-1) and Ross/Rohan (2-1) were second seeds coming out of Pool B and Pool E respectively. Knudsen/Rund (1-2) was the third team to advance from Pool A, while Cannon/Martin (2-1) were the third team out of Pool D. All three Pool D teams which made the Round of 16 went 2-1 in pool play and seedings were decided by points ratio.
Play In Matches
Lindsey Knudsen/Payton Rund (St. Mary’s) def. Crissy Jones/Tia Scambray (Washington) 21-19, 21-9
Victoria Paranagua/Vanessa Freire (Florida State) def. Amy Neal/Jaelyn Greene (TCU) 21-12, 22-20
Round of 16
Kelly Claes/Sara Hughes (USC) def. Victoria Paranagua/Vanessa Freire (Florida State) 21-12, 21-16
Sarah Sponcil/Savannah Slattery (Loyola Marymount) def. Kamila Tan /Jordan Anderson (UCLA) 21-17, 21-16
Corinne Quiggle/Brittany Howard (Pepperdine) def. Rachel Nieto/Kobi Pekich (Long Beach State) 14-21, 21-13, 15-13
Leigh Andrew/Brooke Kuhlman (Florida State) def. Katie Smith/Adrianna Culber (South Carolina) 22-20, 21-14
Terese Cannon/Nicolette Martin (USC) def. Delaney Knudsen/Madalyn Roh (Pepperdine) 21-19, 21-19
Madison Witt/McKenna Witt (Arizona) def. Madi Yeomans/Lily Justine (UCLA) 21-18, 18-21, 15-11
Chelsea Ross/Delaney Rohan (Georgia State) def. Claire Coppola/Kristen Nuss (LSU) 21-23, 21-10, 15-10
Lindsey Knudsen/Payton Rund (St. Mary’s) def. Anika Wilson/Deahna Kraft (Pepperdine) 21-19, 12-21, 15-10