UCLA Bests Florida State 3-1 for NCAA Beach Title

  1 Wendy Mayer | May 06th, 2018 | CCSA, College - Beach, News, Pac-12

NCAA Beach Championships

After besting Hawaii in a 3-2 affair earlier in the day, the UCLA beach volleyball team stepped on the court just an hour later with the championship on the line against No. 4 Florida State, which had advanced through the championship bracket on Saturday.

After splitting the first two matchups, UCLA cruised to a pair of victories to cap a 3-1 win and give the Bruins their first ever NCAA beach title.

With the change in format for the championship match, Courts 4 and 5 took center stage to start the contest. Florida State took the first set of both matches, only to see UCLA come roaring back in the second. With both courts in a tiebreak, eyes first turned to Court 5 where UCLA’s Izzy Carey and Megan Muret captured a 15-8 win. On Court 4, after trailing 6-2 early, Molly McBain/Brooke Kuhlman rallied for a 15-12 win to even the match.

In flight 2, Savvy Simo/Zana Muno cruised to a 21-19, 21-9 win on Court 3 to put the Bruins up 2-1 in the duel.

Both court 1 and 2 were on championship point when Lily Justine and Sarah Sponcil planted the final kill, winning 21-18, 21-19 over Katie Horton/Hailey Luke, to give the Bruins the trophy.

On court 1, Nicole McNamara/Megan McNamara boasted a 22-20, 20-14 lead when the final horn blew.

After the match, a five-pair all-tournament team was named.

1’s – Nicole McNamara/Megan McNamara (UCLA)

2’s – Katie Horton/Hailey Luke (FSU)

3’s – Carly Kan/Laurel Weaver (Hawaii)

4’s – Skylar Caputo/Alexis Filippone (Pepperdine)

5’s – Madison Fitzpatrick/Francesca Goncalves (FSU)

No. 1 Seed UCLA def. No. 4 Seed Florida State 3-1

  1. Nicole McNamara/Megan McNamara (UCLA) vs. Vanessa Freire/Tory Paranagua (FSU) 22-20, 20-14 DNF
  2. Lily Justine/Sarah Sponcil (UCLA) vs. Katie Horton/Hailey Luke (FSU) 21-18, 21-19
  3. Savvy Simo/Zana Muno (UCLA) Sara Putt/Macy Jerger (FSU) 21-19, 21-9
  4. Molly McBain/Brooke Kuhlman (FSU) def. Elise Zappia/Mac May (UCLA) 21-15, 15-21, 15-12
  5. Izzy Carey/Megan Muret (UCLA) vs. Madison Fitzpatrick/Francesca Goncalves (FSU) 17-21, 24-22, 15-8

Order of Finish: 5, 4, 3, 2*

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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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