The World University Beach Championships will pit Canadians Megan McNamara/Nicole McNamara against Spain’s Maria Belen Carro/Paula Soria for the title on Friday.
The NCAA beach volleyball scene remains in the world spotlight as three collegiate sides have made their way to the World University Beach Championships final eight.
The eight pools titles were awarded on Tuesday and the first elimination round finished setting the table for Wednesday’s second round action. Americans Claire Coppola/Kristen Nuss and Emily Sonny/Torrey Van Winden and Canadians Nicole McNamara/Megan McNamara were among the group winners.
Claire Coppola/Kristen Nuss of LSU and Emily Sonny/Torrey Van Winden of Cal Poly went 2-0 to open the World University Beach Championships representing the United States, while UCLA stars Nicole McNamara/Megan McNamara also won two matches representing Canada.
Cal Poly beach standouts Emily Sonny/Torrey Van Winden finished off a perfect 7-0 campaign with a gold medal. On the men’s side, history was made as Vladyslav Iemelianchyk/Sergiy Popov became the first ever Ukrianian team to win FIVB World Tour gold.
American pair Emily Sonny/Torrey Van Winden will have its first shot at FIVB gold on Sunday morning, vying for the Porec One Star title.
Americans Emily Sonny/Torrey Van Winden are through to the main draw at the Porec One Star after registering a pair of victories in qualifying on Thursday.
Stanford will look to claim the National Championship for the second time in three seasons; Way-Too-Early 2018 VolleyMob Top 25 Power Rankings (Full List).
Marquette comes in at #25 with all of their starters back for 2018; Way-Too-Early 2018 VolleyMob Top 25 (#21-25).
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.