UCLA’s Bantle/Smith Held Foes Under 17 Points in Pool B Sweeps

  0 Wendy Mayer | May 12th, 2017 | College - Men's Indoor, EIVA, MIVA, MPSF, News

USAV Collegiate Beach Championships

Day 2 of the USA Volleyball Collegiate Beach Championships saw pool play wrap up for each of the three men’s pools, A through F. Of the 12 men’s teams, 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.

UCLA’s Jackson Bantle and Hagen Smith did not drop a single set or allow a foe more than 17 points in three Pool B victories. Bantle/Smith completed their sweep of the pool with a 21-14, 21-15 win over UC Irvine’s Dillon Hoffman and Reid Dominquez, which dropped to 2-1 in the competition but still earned a spot in the quarterfinals.

Lewis College’s Matthew Yoshimoto and Jake Walenga downed Tyler Hedley and Vincent Pizzuti (Palomar College/Long Beach State) 21-17, 23-21 to wrap up pool play.

Yoshimoto/Walenga advanced to a playoff match with the spot in the quarterfinals on the line.

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 12

Matthew Yoshimoto/Jake Walenga (Lewis) def. Tyler Hedley/Vincent Pizzuti (Palomar College/LBSU) 21-17, 23-21

Jackson Bantle/Hagen Smith (UCLA) def. Dillon Hoffman/Reid Dominguez (UC Irvine) 21-14, 21-15


Final Pool B Standings

Bantle/Smith 3-0 (6-0 in sets)

Hoffman/Dominguez 2-1 (4-3 in sets)

Yoshimoto/Walenga 1-2 (3-4 in sets)

Hedley/Pizzuti 0-3 (0-6 in sets)

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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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