Pepperdine Beach Will Play NCAA #2 Florida St 3 Times in 2017

  0 Braden Keith | January 26th, 2017 | College - Beach, News, West Coast Conference

The Pepperdine Waves women’s beach volleyball team will face 2017 NCAA runners-up three times in the 2017 season, part of a loaded schedule as they hope to repeat their invite to the NCAA tournament.

Pepperdine themselves made it to the second round of the main draw of last year’s NCAA Championship tournament before being knocked out by UCLA in the elimination bracket.

Pepperdine has played Florida State in 2013, 2014, and 2015, but missed the Seminoles on their schedule last season for just the second time in the program’s history. The two clubs hold a special connection as the only two teams who have earned a bid to the national team tournament (previously AVCA, now NCAA) every year of its existence. The Waves have a 4-0 record all-time in the series.

Pepperdine will make up for lost time thanks to 3 scheduled matchups with the Seminoles this season – once early in the year on March 12th in Los Angeles, and then twice more on April 14th and 15th at the Florida State Invitational to close the regular season.

Pepperdine will also play Hawaii, who had the #5 seed in last season’s NCAA tournament.

The Waves open the season with a double-header against UCLA and USC in Malibu. USC are the defending NCAA champions, and UCLA was the team that lost to Florida State in a chance to advance to the championship match.

Other NCAA qualifiers from last year on Pepperdine’s schedule this season include Georgia State on March 12th and Stetson on April 14th.

Pepperdine went 20-5 last season, including 9-0 in home matches in Malibu. 3 of those 5 wins came at the hands of the eventual champions USC, though Pepperdine was able to knock them off 3-2 early in the season.

Full 2017 Schedule Below

Date Opponent / Event Location Time / Result Media
03/04/17 vs. UCLA, USC Malibu, Calif. 10:00 a.m. PT
03/12/17 vs. Florida State Los Angeles, Calif. 12:00 p.m. PT
vs. Georgia State Los Angeles, Calif. 4:00 p.m. PT
03/16/17 at Long Beach State Long Beach, Calif. 11:30 a.m. PT
vs. Loyola Marymount Long Beach, Calif. 1:00 p.m. PT
03/18/17 vs. Arizona State, Cal State L.A. Malibu, Calif. 10:00 a.m. PT
03/23/17 at Cal State Northridge Northridge, Calif. TBA
vs. Colorado Mesa Northridge, Calif. TBA
03/25/17 vs. CSU Bakersfield, Cal Poly Malibu, Calif. 10:00 a.m. PT
03/29/17 vs. Hawai’i Malibu, Calif. 1:00 p.m. PT
04/05/17 vs. Grand Canyon, Long Beach State Malibu, Calif. 10:00 a.m. PT
Hawai’i Invitational
04/07/17 vs. Cal Poly Honolulu, Hawai’i 8:00 a.m. PT
at Hawai’i Honolulu, Hawai’i 11:00 a.m. PT
04/08/17 vs. Cal Poly Honolulu, Hawai’i 11:00 a.m. PT
at Hawai’i Honolulu, Hawai’i 2:00 p.m. PT
Florida State Invitational
04/14/17 vs. Stetson Tallahassee, Fla. 7:00 a.m. PT
at Florida State Tallahassee, Fla. 12:00 p.m. PT
04/15/17 vs. Florida International Tallahassee, Fla. 10:00 a.m. PT
at Florida State Tallahassee, Fla. 1:00 p.m. PT
West Coast Conference Championships
04/21/17 at WCC Championships Santa Monica, Calif. TBA
04/22/17 at WCC Championships Santa Monica, Calif. TBA
NCAA Beach Volleyball Championships
05/05/17 at NCAA Championships Gulf Shores, Ala. TBA
05/06/17 at NCAA Championships Gulf Shores, Ala. TBA
05/07/17 at NCAA Championships Gulf Shores, Ala. TBA

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Braden Keith is the Editor-in-Chief and co-founder of Braden's first foray into sports journalism came in 2010, when he launched a swimming website called The Swimmers' Circle. Two years later, he joined as a co-founder. Long huge fans of volleyball, when Braden and the SwimSwam partners sought an opportunity to …

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