Sixty-four men’s teams and 36 women’s faced off in Thursday’s qualifying bracket trying to earn a spot in the AVP Chicago main draw. At the end of the day, Sarah Sponcil/Terese Cannon moved on in their first tournament together and Bruno Amorim/Skylar del Sol were the lone men’s team to make it through in straight sets.
Friday’s AVP Manhattan Beach Open slate marked the return of Tri Bourne, after an 18-month battle with an autoimmune disorder, and also saw the top three seeds in the men’s and women’s brackets stay alive in the winner’s bracket. The No. 5 seeds on both sides also picked up three wins each.
Four teams emerged undefeated at the end of an exciting day at the Rally Volleyball Courts at LakePoint Sporting Community, site of the CCSA Beach Volleyball Championships: FIU, Florida State, LSU and South Carolina.
In 11 Top 20 matches on Friday, only TCU was able to upset the rankings table, knocking off No. 11 Georgia State in a 4-1 effort at the Seminole Beach Battle. FSU’s Tory Paranagua notched her 100th career victory, moving into fifth all-time.
Florida State won 3-2 over Georgia Tech, relying on the strength of their seniors to come away with the victory in the pressure-packed match.
Match Stats Georgia Tech sweeps Georgia 3-0 (25-22, 26-24, 29-27) The Georgia Tech volleyball team handed Georgia their first loss…