In 29 matches involving AVCA Top 20 teams, there were three upsets on Saturday. Tulane edged past No. 12 Florida International 3-2. FIU rebounded with a 3-2 win over No. 9 Georgia State. No. 11 Grand Canyon also bested the ninth-ranked Panthers.
The AVCA Top 20 played 24 matches on Friday, with four upsets highlighting the slate. No. 12 Florida International topped No. 11 Grand Canyon and No. 8 South Carolina at the Surf & Turf Invitational in Miami, while No. 2 UCLA, No. 3 Hawaii, No. 6 Cal Poly, No. 9 Georgia State and No. 10 LSU cruised through the day.
Thursday night beach action saw #16 Loyola Marymount win their three final home matches while #19 Saint Mary’s split their matches.
#5 LBSU had no troubles running through their opponents during a mid-week matchup, sweeping both Oregon and #19 Saint Mary’s.
Morehead State is set to play host to the first ever NCAA sanctioned Division I beach volleyball match in the state of Kentucky on April 2 in a newly minted three-court facility.
The TCU beach volleyball will make its first of two trips of the year to the state of Florida this week when it opens the Surf N Turf Invitational Friday in South Beach, hosted by Florida International University.
Amidst a 5-0 record last week, Hawaii senior Ka’iwi Schucht made history on the sand, becoming the school’s all-time leader in dual match wins against Nebraska on March 20.
Top teams from around the west coast took part in early week matches this week with #2 UCLA downing #1 Pepperdine while #6 Cal Poly and #5 LBSU swept their double-headers.
The No. 14 Cal beach volleyball team returns home this week after a memorable weekend in Santa Monica in which it beat its highest-ranked opponent ever and narrowly missed a landmark win over No. 4 USC.