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