No. 2 Freire/Paranagua Lead Pool Play Winners at Beach Pairs Tourney

  0 Wendy Mayer | May 10th, 2018 | Beach, Big West, Big West, CCSA, College - Beach, College - Men's Indoor, EIVA, MIVA, MPSF, News, Pac-12, West Coast Conference

USA Volleyball Collegiate Beach Championships

Two teams are one step closer to a berth in the 2018 World University Championships as pool play for the USA Volleyball Collegiate Beach Championships wrapped up on Thursday.

The women’s field dropped from 32 to 24 after pool play. Eight teams earned byes until the second round of the playoffs.

Luke/Horton played through a three-setter against South Carolina’s Julia Mannisto/Carly Schnieder and a straight set win over Pepperdine’s Madalyn Roh/Brook Bauer to take Pool C. Mirkovic/Inman dropped their opening set of the tournament to Carly Scarbrough/Brittany Pelliteri (Florida Atlantic), but won four straight to top Pool E. The six remaining pool winners won both of their matches in straight sets to earn the bye.

Of the initial seedings, only three of the top 10 teams won their pool titles: Freire/Paranagua (No. 2), Turner/Towne (No. 7) and Knudsen/Bible (No. 9).

First round matchups are:

  • Nicole Lott/Maddy Kline (UNC Wilmington) vs. Sasha Karelov/Nicci Reinking (LBSU)
  • Corinne Quiggle/Deahna Kraft (Pepperdine) vs. Teegan Van Gunst/Annika Van Gunst (Georgia State)
  • Emmy Allen/Megan Davenport (LSU) vs. Claire Coppola/Kristen Nuss (LSU)
  • Tiffany Creamer/Brooke Weiner (Georgia State) vs. Macy Jerger/Sara Putt (Florida State)
  • McHugh/Mertz (Tulane) vs. Jessica Wooten/Aeriel Horton (Houston Baptist)
  • Madalyn Roh/Brook Bauer (Pepperdine) vs. Amelia Smith/Sunny Villapando (Stanford)
  • Jessica Gaffney/Iya Lindahl (Cal) vs. Jordan Anderson/Kimmy Gardiner (Washington)
  • Cadie Bates/Katie Smith (South Carolina) vs. Savannah Slattery/Madelon Leiphardt (Loyola Marymount)

Playoff matches are set to begin at noon ET with the second round slated for 3 p.m. ET and scheduled for 6 p.m. ET. The women’s semifinals and podium matches will be played Saturday.

After six matches on the men’s side, six teams remain with No. 5 seed Robert Mullahey/Owen Yoshimoto of Pepperdine and No. 4 seed Brett Rosenmeier/Colton Cowell of Hawaii earning byes in the playoff bracket. Rosenmeier/Cowell are familiar faces at the Collegiate Beach Championships, finishing fourth in 2017.

Also advancing were Grant Friedman/Dante Chakravorti (UC Irvine), Jon Justice/Adam Wienckowski (Florida State), Will Bantle/Matt McLaren (Penn State) and Collin Merk/Anthony Winter (Quincy).

Bantle/McLaren will face Merk/Winter at 2 p.m. ET Friday, while Friedman/Chakravorti will take the sand at Justice/Wienckowski at 5 p.m. The winner of match 1 will face Rosenwmeier/Cowell at 5 p.m., while the winner of match 2 will take on Mullahey/Yoshimoto at 8 p.m.

The men’s podium matches will be played on Saturday with the third place match set for noon, while the title match will be played at 2:20 p.m.


Women’s Pool Play

Pool A

Van Winden/Sonny (Cal Poly) def. Gaffney/Lindahl (Cal) 21-13, 21-16

Van Winden/Sonny (Cal Poly) def. Quiggle/Kraft (Pepperdine) 21-17, 21-18


Pool B

Karelov/Reinking (Long Beach State) def. Allen/Davenport (LSU) 21-17, 21-13

Freire/Paranagua (Florida State) def. Karelov/Reinking (LBSU) 21-15, 21-15


Pool C

Roh/Bauer (Pepperdine) def. Van Gunst/Van Gunst (Georgia State) 23-25, 21-17, 15-12

Luke/Horton (Florida State) def. Mannisto/Schnieder (South Carolina) 19-21, 21-16, 15-11

Luke/Horton (FSU) def. Roh/Bauer (Pepperdine) 21-19, 21-18

Van Gunst/Van Gunst (Georgia State) def. Mannisto/Schneider (South Carolina) 21-13, 21-16


Pool D

Wooten/Horton (Houston Baptist) def. Forbes/Bunn (Hawaii)  17-21, 21-6, 15-7

Kinlaw/Morris (Florida Atlantic) def. Smith/Villapando (Stanford) 21-18, 21-18

Smith/Villapando (Stanford) def. Forbes/Bunn (Hawaii)  21-18, 17-21, 15-7

Kinlaw/Morris (Florida Atlantic) def. Wooten/Horton (Houston Baptist)  21-16, 21-18


Pool E

Bates/Smith (South Carolina) def. Lott/Kline (UNC Wilmington) 21-18, 21-16

Mirkovic/Inman (Cal) def. Scarbrough/Pelliteri (Florida Atlantic) 13-21, 21-17, 15-11

Lott/Kline (UNC Wilmington) def. Scarbrough/Pelliteri (Florida Atlantic) 21-19, 21-17

Mirkovic/Inman (Cal) def. Bates/Smith (South Carolina) 21-15, 21-17


Pool F

Creamer/Weiner (Georgia State) def. Powers/Domanski (LSU)  18-21, 21-14, 15-10

House/Hill (TCU) def. Slattery/Leiphardt (Loyola Marymount) 21-18, 22-20

Slattery/Leiphardt (Loyola Marymount) def. Powers/Domanski (LSU) 21-16, 17-21, 15-11

House/Hill (TCU) def. Creamer/Weiner (Georgia State) 21-15, 22-20


Pool G

Turner/Towne (Grand Canyon) def. McHugh/Mertz (Tulane) 21-14, 21-19

Coppola/Nuss (LSU) def. Armer/Hinojosa (Houston Baptist) 21-12, 21-14

Turner/Towne (Grand Canyon) def. Coppola/Nuss (LSU) 21-17, 14-21, 15-8

McHugh/Mertz (Tulane) def. Armer/Hinojosa (Houston Baptist) 21-13, 21-18


Pool H

Anderson/Gardiner (Washington) def. Jerger/Putt (Florida State) 17-21, 21-17, 15-12

Knudsen/Bible (Saint Mary’s) def. Adams/Napolitano (UAB) 21-14, 21-18

Jerger/Putt (Florida State) def. Adams/Napolitano (UAB) 21-9, 21-12

Knudsen/Bible (Saint Mary’s) def. Anderson/Gardiner (Washington) 21-17, 21-14



Men’s Pool Play

Pool A

Mullahey/Yoshimoto (Pepperdine) def. Friedman/Chakravorti (UC Irvine) 21-12, 24-22

Mullahey/Yoshimoto (Pepperdine) def. Bantle/McLaren (Penn State) 21-23, 21-17, 15-13


Pool B

Justice/Wienckowski (Florida State) def. Barsemian/Gibb (Concordia Irvine) 21-19, 21-15

Rosenmeier/Cowell (Hawaii) def. Merk/Winter (Quincy) 17-21, 21-7, 15-8

Merk/Winter (Quincy) def. Barsemian/Gibb (Concordia) 21-14, 21-19

Rosenmeier/Cowell (Hawaii) def. Justice/Wienckowski (Florida State) 21-14, 19-21, 15-12

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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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