Top-seeded No. 2 Pepperdine, second-seeded No. 15 Loyola Marymount, third-seeded No. 20 Saint Mary’s and Pacific all secured final day championship berths on Friday.
Pepperdine will be chasing its third-straight WCC title this weekend, and will enter the tournament as heavy favorites.
Saturday’s beach action saw Washington upset No. 13 Cal, Stetson secure the ASUN title and included the first wins of the season for Utah.
No. 16 Loyola Marymount was the lone Top 20 team in action Thursday, and the Lions posted two wins over Cal State Bakersfield (5-0) and Cal State Northridge (4-1).
A week layoff did not dull the skills of the No. 2 Pepperdine beach volleyball team, which won its fourth straight match and second in a row over No. 4 USC on Monday.
Hawaii’s Emily Maglio and Ka’iwi Schucht boosted their win streak to a record 17 matches as the Rainbow Wahine went 3-0, while Arizona’s Jonny Baham and Brooke Burling led the Wildcats to an upset win over No. 14 Cal and a 4-0 mark on the weekend.
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This week of beach volleyball brought a number of top-20 match-up that included #2 UCLA taking down #1 Pepperdine in a 4-1 battle
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.
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 top-5 teams remain the same in this week’s AVCA Beach Rankings, with Pepperdine holding onto the #1 slot.
This weekend’s beach volleyball action saw no top-5 team drop a match while just one big upset took place as UAB took down #8 South Carolina 3-2.
The No. 3 University of Hawai’i beach volleyball team capped a perfect 4-0 weekend at the Gamecock Challenge with two more wins Sunday at Wheeler Beach on the campus of South Carolina.
Due to inclement weather, the top-ranked Pepperdine beach volleyball team has been forced to postpone the matches at the Matador Beach Volleyball Facility against both CSUN and Loyola Marymount on Thursday afternoon.
The No. 3 University of Hawai’i beach volleyball team will play nine straight matches on the road, beginning with the Gamecock Challenge, March 24-25, at Wheeler Beach on the campus of South Carolina.
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