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 C. Of the 11 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.
With just three teams in Pool A, only one match remained on Day 2 of the competition. Lucas Yoder and Michael Saeta of USC and UC Irvine topped Long Beach State’s Louis Richard and Matt Butler 21-11, 21-18 to take the group’s top spot with a 2-0 mark. Both teams earned a spot in the quarterfinals.
Sacred Heart’s Brian Ross and Bobby Costigan III rounded out the three-team group, but played both of its matches on Thursday, going 0-2.
Richard and Butler were a part of LBSU’s indoor team, which won the MPSF regular season and tournament titles and advanced to the NCAA semifinals. Saeta earned AVCA All-America second team honors while playing for the UC Irvine indoor squad (20-7) which advanced to the MPSF semifinals. Yoder was a second team All-American for USC after leading the nation in kills and points. Ross/Costigan played for the Sacred Heart squad, which advanced to the EIVA semifinals and posted a 15-11 record
Pool A Results, May 12
Lucas Yoder/Michael Saeta (USC/UC Irvine) def. Louis Richard/Matt Butler (Long Beach State) 21-11, 21-18
Final Pool A Standings
Yoder/Saeta 2-0 (4-0 in sets)
Richard/Butler 1-1 (2-2 in sets)
Ross/Costigan III 0-2 (0-4 in sets)