USC, Hawai’i Advance in NCAA Beach Night Caps

  0 Wendy Mayer | May 06th, 2017 | Big West, CCSA, College - Beach, Pac-12, West Coast Conference


·         May 5-7, 2017

·         Gulf Shores, Alabama

·         Interactive Bracket

·         Live Updates

Saturday’s afternoon matches brought a quick sweep and a match that went down the wire as No. 1 seed and defending champ USC sewed up its spot in Sunday’s final and No. 5 seed Hawai’i stay alive with a contender’s bracket win.

Winner’s Bracket: #1 USC def. #3 Pepperdine 3-0

USC (37-1) won three of the five opening sets and held on to win each of those matches in a 3-0 win over No. 3 seed Pepperdine in the winner’s bracket to earn a spot in the NCAA Championship final. The Trojans earned the right to defend their NCAA title with wins at No. 1, No. 3 and No. 4. Top pair Kelly Claes and Sara Hughes clinched the victory with a 21-18, 21-9 win. Also coming through for the Trojans were Terese Cannon/Nicolette Martin and Abril Bustamante/Joy Dennis.

1. Claes/Hughes (USC) def. Knudsen/Roh (Pepperdine) 21-18, 21-9

2. Quiggle/Howard (Pepperdine) vs. Bukovec/Wheeler (USC) 28-26, 4-10 DNF

3. Cannon/Martin (USC) vs. Caputo/Dyer (Pepperdine) 21-16, 21-14

4. Bustamante/Dennis (USC)vs. Wilson/Kraft (Pepperdine) 21-12, 22-20

5. Seiber/Lyons (Pepperdine) vs. Belton/Kremer (USC) 23-21, 11-15 DNF

Finish 3, 4, 1*

Contender’s Bracket: #4 Florida State vs. #5 Hawaii

It came down to the final pairing and multiple match point chances, but No. 5 Hawai’i edged out No. 4 Florida State 3-2 to advance in the contender’s bracket Saturday night. The win earns the Rainbow Wahine a spot in the Saturday’s semifinal match against No. 3 seed Pepperdine. The winner of that contest will go on to play No. 1 seed USC for the NCAA title.

The Rainbow Wahine won four of the five opening sets, but only Hawai’i’s No. 4 pair Carly Kan and Ari Homayun won in straight sets, 21-14, 22-20. UH went up 2-0 with a three-set win at No. 3. Florida State nabbed a win at No. 2 and knotted the match with a 17-15 win at No. 1 on their second match-point attempt.

The match came down to a back-and-forth battle on Court 5 that went to extra points, with both teams having several chances at the win. Florida State’s Hailey Luke and Eva Torruella had two match-point chances, only to see Hawaii tie it up. The Rainbow Wahine’s Amy Ozee and Hannah Zalopony had their own chance at 17-16, but couldn’t cash in. Another chance at 18-17 was denied by a Seminole kill. Hawaii went up 19-18 with the duel tied at 2-apiece (as the court 1 match had just ended), and Luke took a quick medical break. FSU knotted it at 19 as the crowd surrounded the court for the finale. The Seminoles denied another set point chance and a block by Luke turned the tables and put FSU ahead 21-20. Ozee tooled the block to tie it at 21, then Zalopany hit an angle shot for a kill and an ace followed to make it 23-22 Hawaii. Torruella pounded down a cross court shot to make it 23-all. Zalopany caught the back line with a kill to give UH another shot at 24-23. The next hitting attempt landed out of bounds to keep the game going. A Hawaii kill kissed the sideline to make it 25-24, but Luke stuffed the next shot to push it to 25-all. The freshman, Ozee, managed a stuff to finally give Hawaii the 27-25 win and the dual.

1. Andrew/Kuhlman (FSU) def. Tucker/Martin (UH) 21-14, 15-21, 17-15

2. Freire/Paranagua (FSU) def. Taylor/Schucht (UH) 18-21, 21-19, 15-12

3. Maglio/Weaver (UH) def. Sanchez/Jerger (FSU) 21-16, 20-22, 15-7

4. Kan/Homayun (UH) vs. Horton/Goncalves (FSU) 21-14, 22-20

5. Ozee/Zalopany (UH) vs. Luke/Torruella (FSU) 21-17, 18-21, 27-25

Finish: 4, 3, 2, 1, 5*

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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 after spending the last 15 years with Purdue athletics.

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