Senior Madeline Mertz and sophomore Kaylie McHugh were named among 48 American Volleyball Coaches Association Top Flight Award winners, the organization announced Thursday.
UCLA junior Nicole McNamara was voted Pac-12 Beach Volleyball Player of the Year and is part of the duo that was voted Pac-12 Pair of the Year with her twin sister Megan McNamara, the Conference office announced today. USC’s Tina Graudina was voted the Pac-12 Freshman of the Year while UCLA’s Stein Metzger was named Pac-12 Coach of the Year for the second-straight year.
No. 1-ranked and top-seeded UCLA defeated USC to claim the Bruins’ first-ever Pac-12 Beach Volleyball Championship crown on Saturday afternoon at the Stanford Beach Volleyball Stadium. The Bruins did not drop a dual in the three-day event, extending their program-record win streak to 30 in a row.
No. 1 UCLA bested No. 4 USC and No. 6 Long Beach State at home, while No. 17 Stetson swept FGSU and No. 19 Tulane took two from Louisiana Monroe in Wednesday’s beach action.
With six wins over ranked teams, UCLA’s No. 3 pair of Zana Muno and Savvy Simo earned this week’s VolleyMob Beach Pair of the Week honors. The pair helped the No. 2 Bruins to a 6-0 mark on the week, including a home win over then-No. 1 Pepperdine (4-1).
Pepperdine’s No. 4 pairing Skylar Caputo and Alexis Filippone were a big part of the team’s success against Top 5 teams, going 4-0 on the week en route to VolleyMob Pair of the Week honors.
UCLA will advance to the regional semifinals where they will face the hosting team, Florida.
This is the second of a two-part series of Scouting Reports that we couple with a big match of the week. We chose the match featuring #3 Stanford’s five-set victory over #20 UCLA on Thursday evening in Maple Pavilion.
This article is the first of a two-part series of Scouting Reports that focus on one big match. Tonight’s match between #20 UCLA and #3 Stanford is the featured match.
MATCH STATS #16 Utah def. #22 UCLA 3-1 Utah 19-8, 10-6 Pac-12; UCLA 16-9, 9-7 Pac-12 Los Angeles, California Attendance:…