USC’s Lucas Yoder, UC Irvine’s Michael Saeta Sweep Men’s Pool A

  0 Wendy Mayer | May 12th, 2017 | College - Men's Indoor, 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 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)

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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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