USC’s Claes/Hughes Earn #1 Seed In USAV Collegiate Beach Championships

  0 Carly DeMarque | May 11th, 2017 | Beach, College - Beach, News

2017 USAV Collegiate Beach Championships

  • May 11-13
  • Hermosa Beach Pier
  • Hermosa Beach, California
  • Event Schedule

Today marks the first day of the 2017 USAV Collegiate Beach Championships, with 24 women’s pairs and 11 men’s pairs competing for a spot on the USAV Collegiate beach national team.

The top-seed in the event for the women went to USC’s Kelly Claes and Sara Hughes. The pair lost just one match on the season, which came to Saint Mary’s Lindsey Knudsen and Payton Rund. The two pairs will face each other on the second day of Pool Play in a rematch.

On the men’s side of the event, USC’s Lucas Yoder and UC Irvine’s Michael Saeta earned the top-seed. Yoder led USC in offense this season with 359 kills, despite missing a number of matches this season. Saeta was an all-around threat during the indoor season, handing out 980 assists, 156 kills, 62 service aces, 135 digs and 42 blocks on the year.

Women’s Schedule

There are six pools of four teams on the women’s side of things, with the top two teams in each pool advancing to single-elimination and the highest four of the third-place pool finishers, based on their point ratio.

The semifinals and finals will take place on May 13 with the finals airing live on NBCSN at 6 PM ET.

Men’s Schedule

The men’s side consists of two pools of four and one pool of three teams. The top two teams from each pool will advance, the highest of the third-place finishers will advance, based on their point ratio. A bye-in match will be played by the next two third-place finishers based on their point ratio for the final single elimination bracket spot.

The semifinals and finals will be played on May 13, with the finals airing after the women’s on NBCSN as a taped delay.

Tournament Seeds

Player 1 Player 2 School
1 Kelly Claes Sara Hughes Southern California
2 Jessalyn Kinlaw Megan Rice Florida Atlantic
3 Delaney Knudsen Madalyn Roh Pepperdine
4 Terese Cannon Nicolette Martin Southern California
5 Corinne Quiggle Brittany Howard Pepperdine
6 Victoria Paranagua Vanessa Freire Florida State
7 McKenna Witt Madison Witt Arizona
8 Jenna Belton Jo Kremer Southern California
9 Abril Bustamante Joy Dennis Southern California
10 Rachel Nieto Kobi Pekich Long Beach State
11 Anika Wilson Deahna Kraft Pepperdine
12 Lindsey Knudsen Payton Rund Saint Mary’s College (CA)
13 Kamila Tan Jordan Anderson UCLA
14 Sarah Sponcil Savannah Slattery Loyola Marymount
15 Lily Justine Madi Yeomans UCLA
16 Leigh Andrew Brooke Kuhlman Florida State
17 Delaney Rohan Chelsea Ross Georgia State
18 Claire Coppola Kristen Nuss LSU
19 Macie Tendrich Katie Zimmerman South Carolina
20 Katie Smith Adrianna Culbert South Carolina
21 Olivia Powers Katie Lindelow LSU
22 Crissy Jones Tia Scambray Washington
23 Amy Neal Jaelyn Greene TCU
24 Hannah Hubbard Emily Sonny Cal Poly
Seed MEN
Player 1 Player 2 School
1 Lucas Yoder Michael Saeta Southern California/UC Irvine
2 Jackson Bantle Hagen Smith UCLA
3 Nathan Vander Meer Logan Webber Davenport/Cincinnati Christian
4 Grant Friedman Scott Stadick UC Irvine
5 Reid Dominguez Dillon Hoffman UC Irvine
6 Louis Richard Matt Butler Long Beach State
7 Tyler Hedley Vincent Pizzuti Palomar College/Long Beach State
8 Brian Ross Bobby Costigan Sacred Heart
9 Alex Vohland Brett Cooper Mount St. Joseph
10 Brett Rosenmeier Colton Cowell Hawaii
11 Matthew Yoshimoto Jake Walenga Lewis

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About Carly DeMarque

Carly DeMarque

Carly DeMarque has been involved with competitive volleyball for the majority of her life, playing competitively at the club and collegiate level for 15 years and coaching club for five. Now a retired Division I volleyball athlete out of McNeese State University, she continues her volleyball enthusiasm by stepping back into …

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