Justice/Wienckowski, Coppola/Nuss Top Collegiate Beach Pairs Podium

  0 Wendy Mayer | May 12th, 2018 | Big West, Big West, CCSA, College - Beach, College - Men's Indoor, MIVA, MPSF, News

USA Volleyball Collegiate Beach Championships

The dark horse of the tournament on the men’s side, Florida State’s Jon Justice/Adam Wienckowski did the unthinkable, besting the remainder of the eight team field as the lone team representing a school without a men’s volleyball program. The duo reached the final with an upset of top seeded Owen Yoshimoto/Robert Mullahey (Pepperdine) in Friday’s semifinals and then finished off the tournament with a come-from-behind tie-break win over Hawaii’s Brett Rosenmeier/Colton Cowell in Saturday’s championship match.

Yoshimoto/Mullahey wound up with the bronze medal, topping Quincy’s Collin Merk/Anthony Winter

USA Beach Collegiate Pairs Championship – men’s podium

On the women’s side, Saturday brought both the semifinal and podium matches. In the end, LSU’s Claire Coppola/Kristen Nuss, which went 30-7 for the Tigers on Court 1 during the collegiate season, topped Cal Poly’s Torrey Van Winden/Emily Sonny and Florida State’s Hailey Luke/Katie Horton for the Collegiate Beach crown. VanWinden/Sonny went on to finish third.

“It means a lot,” Nuss said. “We are super excited. That (playing in the World University Games) was our goal coming in and we can’t wait.”

Coppola/Nuss posted a straight set win over Van Winden/Sonny to reach the championship match, while Luke/Horton topped fellow Seminoles Vanessa Freire/Tory Paranagua 21-18, 21-19 to claim the other spot.

Once in the title match, it was a back and forth affair, with Coppola/Nuss dominating the opening stanza 21-9 and Luke/Horton answering with a 21-17 win in Set 2. A 15-8 tiebreak win gave the LSU duo the title.

“We looked at each other (going into the third set) and we knew that we were capable of doing this,” Coppola said. “We trusted each other and knew that we were going to get it done when we needed to.”

Luke Horton went 19-1 as FSU’s No. 2 duo, while Freire/Paranagua went 15-4 on Court 1 for the Seminoles. Van Winden/Sonny played with different partners during the collegiate season for Cal Poly.

USA Beach Collegiate Pairs Championship – Women’s podium

With the titles, the top duos have sewed up a spot representing the United States at the World University Games from July 9-13, in Munich, Germany.


Men’s Final

Jon Justice/Adam Wienckowski (Florida State) def. Brett Rosenmeier/Colton Cowell (Hawaii) 15-21, 28-26, 15-12


Men’s Third Place

Robert Mullahey/Owen Yashimoto (Pepperdine) def. Collin Merk/Anthony Winter (Quincy) 21-18, 23-21


Women’s Semifinals

Claire Coppola/Sofia Nuss (LSU) def. Torrey VanWinden/Emily Sonny (Cal Poly) 23-21, 21-17

Hailey Luke/Katie Horton (Florida State) def. Vanessa Freir/Tory Paranagua (Florida State) 21-18, 21-19


Women’s Third Place

VanWinden/Sonny (Cal Poly) def. Freire/Paranagua (FSU) 21-11, 25-23


Women’s Final 

Coppola/Nuss (LSU) def. Luke/Horton (FSU) 21-9, 17-21, 15-8

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About Wendy Mayer

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 Volleymob.com after spending the last 15 years with Purdue athletics.

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