Claes/Hughes Atop USAV Pairs Pool A, Face Rivals Knudsen/Rund Friday

  0 Wendy Mayer | May 11th, 2017 | Big West, College - Beach, News, Pac-12, West Coast Conference

USAV Collegiate Beach Championships

The USA Volleyball Collegiate Beach Championships are underway. The 24 women’s teams have been divided into six pools, A through F. The top two teams in each pool advance as well as the highest four of the third-place pool finishers, based on their point ratios.

On Day 1 of the competition, Pool A completed its first four matches and USC’s Kelly Claes and Sara Hughes are atop the group with a pair of wins. The duo defeated UCLA’s Kamila Tan and Jordan Anderson and Cal Poly’s Hannah Hubbard and Emily Sonny in straight sets.

In the other two matches, Tan/Anderson defeated St. Mary’s Lindsey Knudsen and Payton Rund 22-20, 12-21, 15-13; and Knudsen and Rund in turn downed Hubbard and Sonny in straight sets.

Remaining on the Pool A slate for Friday are matches between Tan/Anderson and Hubbard/Sonny and the premier matchup of the group, pitting Claes/Hughes against the lone team to beat them in 2017, Knudsen/Rund. Knudsen and Rund snapped USC’s top pair’s 103-match win streak with a 13-21, 21-18, 17-15 decision on April 9.


Pool A Results, May 11

Kelly Claes/Sara Hughes (USC) def. Hannah Hubbard/Emily Sonny (Cal Poly) 21-15, 21-17

Kamila Tan/Jordan Anderson (UCLA) def. Lindsey Knudsen/Payton Rund  (Saint Mary’s) 22-20, 12-21, 15-13

Claes/Hughes def.  Tan/Anderson 22-20, 21-11

Knudsen/Rund def. Hubbard/Sonny 21-13, 21-17


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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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