UC Irvine, UCLA Pairs Grab Two Wins, Lead Men’s Beach Group B

  0 Wendy Mayer | May 11th, 2017 | College - Men's Indoor, MIVA, MPSF, News

USAV Collegiate Beach Championships

The USA Volleyball Collegiate Beach Championships are underway. The 12 men’s teams have been divided into three pools, A through C. Only American citizens were eligible to play in the tournament. The event is part of the Team USA Summer Champions Series and will serve as a Team USA Trials, garnering a spot to the top men’s pair for a USA Volleyball collegiate beach national team.

The top two teams out of each men’s pool will advance, the highest of the third-place finishers (according to point ratio) will advance. A play-in match between the next two third-place finishers based on point ratio will determine the final single-elimination bracket spot.

The four teams in Pool B each played two matches on Day 1. UC Irvine’s duo of Dillon Hoffman and Reid Dominguez and UCLA’s Jackson Bantle and Hagen Smith went 2-0 to lead the group. Hoffman/Dominguez won in straight sets over Tyler Hedley and Vincent Pizzuti (Palomar College/Long Beach State) and edging Lewis College’s Matthew Yoshimoto and Jake Walenga 21-17, 18-21, 15-10.

Bantle/Smith swept their competition, topping Yashioto/Walenga and Hedley/Pizzuti.

Hoffman and Dominguez played for the UC Irvine indoor team which went 20-7 and advanced to the MPSF semifinals. UCLA went 17-10 and advanced to the MPSF quarterfinals. Lewis posted a 23-7 record and ended its season in the MIVA semifinals. Hoffman and Yoshimoto were honorable mention AVCA All-Americans.


Pool B Results, May 11

Dillon Hoffman/Reid Dominguez (UC Irvine) def. Tyler Hedley/Vincent Pizzuti (Palomar College/LBSU) 21-14, 21-10

Jackson Bantle/Hagen Smith (UCLA) def. Matthew Yoshimoto/Jake Walenga (Lewis) 21-10, 21-9

Bantle/Smith def. Hedley/Pizzuti 21-14, 21-17

Hoffman/Dominguez def. Yoshimoto/Walenga 21-17, 18-21, 15-10

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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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