LBSU Duo, Pairing from USC/UC Irvine Cruise in Pool A Pairs Play

  0 Wendy Mayer | May 11th, 2017 | College - Men's Indoor, EIVA, MPSF, News

USAV Collegiate Beach Championships

The USA Volleyball Collegiate Beach Championships are underway. The 12 men’s teams have been divided into three pools, A through C. Only American citizens were eligible to play in the tournament. The event is part of the Team USA Summer Champions Series and will serve as a Team USA Trials, garnering a spot to the top men’s pair for a USA Volleyball collegiate beach national team.

The top two teams out of each men’s pool will advance, the highest of the third-place finishers (according to point ratio) will advance. A play-in match between the next two third-place finishers based on point ratio will determine the final single-elimination bracket spot.

All three teams in Pool A were in action, with Sacred Heart’s Brian Ross and Bobby Costigan III playing both of its matches. The duo fell to Long Beach State’s Louis Richard and Matt Butler 21-8, 21-13 in the first match and 21-10, 21-6 to Lucas Yoder and Michael Saeta of USC and UC Irvine in the night cap of the doubleheader.

No. 1 seeded Yoder/Saeta will face No. 6 seed Richard/Butler at 1:30 p.m. ET Friday to wrap up action. Richard and Butler were a part of LBSU’s indoor team, which won the MPSF regular season and tournament titles and advanced to the NCAA semifinals. Saeta earned AVCA All-America second team honors while playing for the UC Irvine indoor squad (20-7) which advanced to the MPSF semifinals. Yoder was a second team All-American for USC after leading the nation in kills and points.

Ross/Costigan played for the Sacred Heart squad, which advanced to the EIVA semifinals and posted a 15-11 record.  

Pool A Results, May 11

Louis Richard/Matt Butler (Long Beach State) def. Brian Ross /Bobby Costigan III (Sacred Heart) 21-8, 21-13

Lucas Yoder / Michael Saeta (USC/UC Irvine) def. Ross/Costigan 21-10, 21-6

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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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