Tulane, FIU, Grand Canyon Notch Beach Upsets on Saturday

  0 Wendy Mayer | April 01st, 2018 | College - Beach, News

In 29 matches involving AVCA Top 20 teams, there were three upsets on Saturday. Tulane edged past No. 12 Florida International 3-2. FIU rebounded with a 3-2 win over No. 9 Georgia State.  No. 11 Grand Canyon also bested the ninth-ranked Panthers.

No. 1 Pepperdine went 3-0 at its own invitational, moving to 6-0 while playing at home on Zuma Beach. No. 2 UCLA won both of its matches in Miami as the McNamara sisters, Megan and Nicole, claimed their 15th straight win on Court 1.

No. 3 Hawaii went 3-0 including victories over No. 5 Long Beach State and No. 6 Cal Poly en route to the Big West Challenge title in Sacramento and a program-record tying 13 match win streak.

No. 7 Florida State went 3-0 at the Surf and Turf Invitational in Miami to move to 16-6 overall and extend their current win streak to four matches. 

No. 10 LSU and No. 15 Arizona rolled in Baton Rouge, with wins over unranked foes. The Tigers have now won nine straight, including a 4-0 mark at their own LSU Beach Invitational this weekend. The Wildcats are now 12-8 on the season after going 3-1 on the weekend, with its lone loss coming to LSU on Friday.


AVCA Top 20 Beach Results, March 31, 2018

Winning Team Losing Team Score Winning Team Recap Losing Team Recap
#17 Stetson Mercer 4-1. Link Link
#17 Stetson Coastal Carolina 5-0. Link Link
Pepperdine Invitational (Malibu, California)
#1 Pepperdine #16 Loyola Marymount 5-0. Link
#4 USC #19 Saint Mary’s 5-0. Link Link
#1 Pepperdine #19 Saint Mary’s 5-0. Link Link
#4 USC #16 Loyola Marymount 4-1. Link
#1 Pepperdine #4 USC 4-1. Link Link
#16 Loyola Marymount #19 Saint Mary’s 3-2. Link
Surf & Turf Invitational (Miami, Florida)
#7 Florida State Tulane 5-0. Link Link
#2 UCLA #8 South Carolina 5-0. Link Link
#18 Florida Atlantic TCU 4-1. Link Link
#7 Florida State #12 Florida International 5-0. Link Link
#2 UCLA #11 Grand Canyon 5-0. Link Link
Tulane #12 FIU 3-2. Link Link
#11 Grand Canyon #9 Georgia State 3-2. Link Link
#12 FIU #9 Georgia State 3-2. Link Link
#7 Florida State #11 Grand Canyon 4-1. Link
Big West Challenge (Sacramento, California)
#5 Long Beach State Cal State Northridge 5-0. Link Link
#3 Hawaii #6 Cal Poly 4-1. Link Link
#5 Long Beach State Cal State Bakersfield 5-0. Link Link
#3 Hawaii Sacramento State 5-0. Link Link
#6 Cal Poly Cal State Bakersfield 5-0. Link Link
#3 Hawaii #5 Long Beach State 5-0. Link Link
LSU Beach Invitational (Baton Rouge, Louisiana)
#15 Arizona Central Arkansas 4-1. Link Link
#10 LSU Texas A&M Kingsville 5-0. Link Link
#15 Arizona Texas A&M Corpus Christi 4-1. Link Link
#10 LSU Jacksonville State 5-0. Link Link
UNC Wilmington Dig & Dive Invitational (Wilmington, North Carolina)
#20 College of Charleston North Florida 5-0. Link Link
#20 College of Charleston Webber International 5-0. Link Link

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About Wendy Mayer

Wendy Mayer

Wendy Mayer has worked in athletics media relations for the last 20 years. The Northwest Missouri State alumna is currently senior writer for Volleymob.com after spending the last 15 years with Purdue athletics.

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