Walsh Jennings/Branagh, Behlen/Schneider Among Espinho Pool Winners
While the men finished up qualifying action, the women got rolling in the main draw with 32 pool play matches, crowning eight champions, including German qualifiers Anna Behlen/Sarah Schneider and Americans Kerri Walsh Jennings/Nicole Branagh.
Americans Stockman/Larsen Move on to Ostrava 4-Star Main Draw
Americans Emily Stockman/Kelley Larsen were among the eight teams to move on from the women’s qualifiers, while both USA pairs on the men’s side failed to reach the main draw.
UCLA, Pepperdine, Hawaii Lead VolleyMob Beach All-America Honorees
VolleyMob first, second and third team All-America honors recognize the top three teams from courts 1 through 5. UCLA’s Megan McNamara/Nicole McNamara (Court 1), Lily Justine/Sarah Sponcil (Court 2), Izzy Carey/Megan Muret (Court 5), Hawaii’s Carly Kan/Laurel Weaver (Court 3) and Pepperdine’s Skylar Caputo/Alexis Filippone (Court 4) make up the first team.
22 Collegiate Beach Pairs Earn AVCA All-America Honors
UCLA’s top pair of Nicole McNamara/Megan McNamara earned their third straight Beach All-America honors, while Hawaii’s Emily Maglio garnered her second selection among 22 AVCA honors announced Thursday.
Mayer/Crabb In Lucerne Podium Race, Larsen/Stockman to Vie for Bronze
Americans John Mayer/Trevor Crabb are still in the running for a medal at the Lucerne Three-Star with a semifinal berth, while Emily Stockman/Kelley Larsen will vie for bronze early Sunday morning.
Six American Teams Make Lucerne Round of 16
The United States is making a splash in Lucerne, Switzerland with four men’s teams and two women’s teams earning a spot in the Round of 16 after pool play and the first knockout round wrapped up on Friday.
Six American Teams On To Lucerne Knockouts alongside USC’s Graudina
Amidst a rain storm, pool play action got underway at the Lucerne Three-Star on Thursday. Six American pairs are through to the knockout phase with one more vying for the round on Friday. Pac-12 Freshman of the Year Tina Graudina also is moving on, competing for her native Latvia.
Florida State, Hawaii Upset #1 UCLA, #2 Pepperdine at NCAA Beach
Only twice in NCAA beach volleyball championship history has there been an upset where the seed difference was more than 1. The other: last year, where #4 Florida State beat #2 UCLA in the semi-finals of the elimination bracket. The other small handful of upsets have all been 1-seed differences.
Seeds Hold In First Four NCAA Beach Matches, UH’s Hall Earns 100th Win
The top four seeds moved on in the winner’s bracket, dropping just one pairing of the 13 played to completion….
UCLA’s McNamaras Named Pac-12 Pair of the Year, USC’s Graudina Rookie
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.