In addition to the Division I indoor champions Nebraska (above), Division I beach champions UCLA, Division II indoor champions Concordia – St. Paul, and NAIA champions Lindsey Wilson College were also honored.
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. Germans Dan John/Eric Stadie earned the men’s gold.
The World University Beach Championships will pit Canadians Megan McNamara/Nicole McNamara against Spain’s Maria Belen Carro/Paula Soria for the title on Friday.
The NCAA beach volleyball scene remains in the world spotlight as three collegiate sides have made their way to the World University Beach Championships final eight.
2017 All-Big Ten honorable mention right side Ashley Wenz will continue her volleyball career at Arizona State Beach.
The eight pools titles were awarded on Tuesday and the first elimination round finished setting the table for Wednesday’s second round action. Americans Claire Coppola/Kristen Nuss and Emily Sonny/Torrey Van Winden and Canadians Nicole McNamara/Megan McNamara were among the group winners.
Claire Coppola/Kristen Nuss of LSU and Emily Sonny/Torrey Van Winden of Cal Poly went 2-0 to open the World University Beach Championships representing the United States, while UCLA stars Nicole McNamara/Megan McNamara also won two matches representing Canada.
Derek Olson, who helped elevate the Cal beach volleyball team to become one of the top programs in the Pac-12 last season, has been promoted to Associate Head Coach.
In a stacked qualifying pool, only four teams per gender advanced through Thursday’s matches into the main draw. Seeds 2, 3, 5 and 9 made it through on the women’s side, while No. 1 qualifier Melissa Humana-Paredes/Sarah Pavan were knocked out. On the men’s side, seeds 1, 2, 4 and 6 advanced, including top seed Ty Loomis/Piotr Marciniak.
VolleyMob first, second and third team All-America honors recognize the top three teams from courts 1 through 5. UCLA’s Megan McNamara/Nicole McNamara (Court 1), Lily Justine/Sarah Sponcil (Court 2), Izzy Carey/Megan Muret (Court 5), Hawaii’s Carly Kan/Laurel Weaver (Court 3) and Pepperdine’s Skylar Caputo/Alexis Filippone (Court 4) make up the first team.