Canada’s Nicole, Megan McNamara Claim World University Beach Title

  0 Wendy Mayer | July 13th, 2018 | Beach, Big West, CCSA, College - Beach, News, Pac-12

2018 World University Beach Championships

NCAA beach pairs grabbed three of the top five spots at the World University Beach Championships with UCLA’s Nicole McNamara and Megan McNamara bringing home the gold medal, representing Canada.

The McNamara twins won in tiebreak over Spain’s Maria Carro/Paula Soria 21-14, 18-21, 15-10. The pair won seven straight matches en route to the title, three in Pool H, one each in elimination rounds 2 and 3, one in the semifinals and the championship.

Americans Emily Sonny/Torrey Van Winden, who play collegiately at Cal Poly, finished with the bronze medal. The pair rebounded from Thursday’s semifinal loss to Carro/Soria to best Switzerland’s Zoe Verge-Depre/Esmee Bobner in straight sets (21-19, 21-16).

LSU stars Claire Coppola/Kristen Nuss brought home fifth place for the United States, topping Switzerland’s Fabienne Geiger/Anja Licka 25-23, 21-13. Coppola/Nuss’ lone loss in the tournament came at the hands of the McNamaras in elimination round 3.

Final 1st Place
112 13-Jul 15:00 1 Carro/Soria ESP [3] N.McNamara/M.McNamara CAN [8] 1-2 (14-21, 21-18, 10-15) 0:45
Final 3rd Place
111 13-Jul 13:00 1 Sonny/Van Winden USA [2] Vergé-Dépré, Z./Böbner SUI [9] 2-0 (21-19, 21-16) 0:39
Final 5th Place
110 13-Jul 11:00 1 Geiger/Licka SUI [21] Coppola/Nuss USA [32] 0-2 (23-25, 13-21) 0:35
Final 7th Place
109 13-Jul 11:00 2 Stam/Ypma NED [11] Strauss N./Friedl Fr. AUT [5] 1-2 (21-19, 17-21, 17-19) 0:49


On the men’s side, it was an all German final with Dan John/Eric Stadie defeating Bennett Poniewaz/David Poniewaz in straight sets for the gold medal.

John/Stadie dropped their final Pool C match, meaning that the pair had to play through all three elimination round to reach the semifinals, where the pair dispatched Austria’s Felix Friedl/Maximilian Trummer in tiebreak Thursday.

Poniewaz/Poniewaz were 6-0 heading into the championship match, having won the Pool A title, skipping ahead to elimination Round 2. The pair then cruised through three straight sets wins, including a semifinal win over Swiss pair Florian Breer/Yves Haussener,  to reach the title match.

Breer/Haussener rounded out the podium, rallying for the bronze with a tiebreak win over Friedl/Trummer (19-21, 21-19, 15-9).

Final 1st Place
112 13-Jul 16:00 1 John/Stadie GER [14] Poniewaz B./Poniewaz D. GER [1] 2-0 (21-17, 21-19) 0:46
Final 3rd Place
111 13-Jul 14:00 1 Friedl Fe./Trummer AUT [4] Breer/Haussener SUI [3] 1-2 (21-19, 19-21, 9-15) 0:43
Final 5th Place
110 13-Jul 10:00 1 Penninga/Van Steenis NED [6] Barthelemy/Di Giantommaso FRA [5] 2-1 (21-18, 19-21, 15-13) 0:47
Final 7th Place
109 13-Jul 10:00 2 Jiménez/Rojas ESP [16] Burnett/Guehrer AUS [9] 2-1 (22-20, 18-21, 15-12) 0:48

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Wendy Mayer

Wendy Mayer has worked in athletics media relations for the last 20 years. The Northwest Missouri State alumna is currently senior writer for after spending the last 15 years with Purdue athletics.

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