USAV Collegiate Beach Championships
Two of the four teams in the USA Volleyball Collegiate Beach Championship quarterfinals will be wearing USC Trojan jerseys as top seeded Kelly Claes and Sarah Hughes and No. 4 seed Terese Cannon and Nicolette Martin both advanced. Pepperdine’s Corinne Quiggle and Brittany Howard and Georgia State’s Chelsea Ross and Delaney Rohan round out the top four.
Top seeded Claes/Hughes are 5-0 in the tournament, winning Pool A and defeating Florida State’s Victoria Paranagua and Vanessa Freire in the Round of 16 and Loyola Marymount’s Sarah Sponcil and Savannah Slattery in the quarterfinals. Claes/Hughes, which went 38-1 on the No. 1 line for USC and won the Pac-12 pairs title, advanced to the semifinals with a 21-17, 21-18 win over the LMU duo.
Cannon/Martin are 4-1, finishing third in Pool D, and topping Pepperdine’s Delaney Knudsen and Madalyn Roh in the Round of 16 and Arizona’s Madison and McKenna Witt in the quarterfinals. Cannon/Martin, which posted a 24-5 mark at No. 3 and secured the final point in the national champion match for the Trojans, moved on after edging the Witt twins 20-22, 21-19, 15-12.
Quiggle/Howard are 5-0 in the championships, winning Pool E and defeating Long Beach State’s Rachel Nieto/Kobi Pekich in the Round of 16 before edging Florida State’s Leigh Andrew and Brooke Kuhlman 21-23. 23-21, 15-12 in the quarterfinals. The No. 5 seeded duo went 28-3 at No. 2 for the Waves in 2017.
Ross/Rohan are 4-1, finishing second in Pool E and downing LSU’s Claire Coppola and Kristen Nuss in the Round of 16 and Saint Mary’s Lindsey Knudsen and Payton Rund (21-19, 17-21, 15-13) in the quarterfinals. The duo, which earned the No. 17 seed in the tournament, went 24-10 on the No. 1 line for Georgia State.
Claes/Hughes are one of six Volleyball Beach Dream Team selections. Fellow semifinalists Quiggle/Howard also made the list. Chelsea Ross and Delaney Rohan from Georgia State were second team selections, while Madison and McKenna Witt and Lindsey Knudsen and Payton Rund were honorable mention honorees.
Women’s Quarterfinals Results, May 12
Kelly Claes/Sarah Hughes (USC) def. Sarah Sponcil/Savannah Slattery (Loyola Marymount) 21-17, 21-18
Corinne Quiggle/Brittany Howard (Pepperdine) def. Leigh Andrew/Brooke Kuhlman (Florida State)
Terese Cannon/Nicolette Martin (USC) def. Madison Witt/McKenna Witt (Arizona) 20-22, 21-19, 15-12
Chelsea Ross/Delaney Rohan (Georgia State) def. Lindsey Knudsen/Payton Rund (St. Mary’s) 21-19, 17-21, 15-13