USAV COLLEGIATE BEACH CHAMPIONSHIPS
The USAV Men’s Collegiate Beach Championships came to a close today with the first and third place matches being played. The tournament marks the first-ever of its kind, consisting of 11 men’s pairs from around the nation.
- #1 Yoder/Saeta 2; #2 Bantle/Smith 0 (21-16, 21-13)
The championship match paired the #1 seeded team of Lucas Yoder (USC) and Michael Saeta (UC Irvine) against the #2 seeded team of Jackson Bantle (UCLA) and Hagen Smith (UCLA). The first set was competitive as both teams exchanged points, until Yoder and Saeta pulled away to win the set 21-16. The second set showed Yoder and Saeta’s dominance as they would win 21-13, pulling off the sweep for the championship title.
Yoder and Saeta were ranked as the #1 team heading into the tournament. They came out of Pool A in first place and stormed to take first place without dropping a single set the whole tournament.
Third Place Match
- #3 Vander Meer/Webber 2; #10 Rosenmeier/Cowell 1 (21-15, 12-21, 15-11)
The third/fourth place match saw the #3 seeded team of Nathan Vander Meer (Davenport) and Logan Webber (Cincinnati Christian) facing off against the “underdog” #10 seeded team of Brett Rosenmeier (Hawaii) and Colton Cowell (Hawaii). After Vander Meer and Webber took the first set 21-15, Rosenmeier and Cowell fough back to win the second set 21-12. In the third and decisive set, Vander Meer and Cowell proved to be too much for Rosenmeier and Cowell as they would go on to win the set and match 15-11.
Vander Meer and Webber came into the tournament ranked #3 and finished second in Pool C behing Rosenmeier and Cowell. When the two teams met in pool play, Rosenmeier and Cowell won 2-1.