Pepperdine Dominates Beach Collegiate Challenge

April 05, 2009, 2:42 a.m. (ET)

B.J. Evans
Manager, Media Relations and Publications
Phone: 719-228-6800       

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (April 4, 2009) – Teams from Pepperdine dominated the competition on Saturday at USA Volleyball’s 2009 Beach Collegiate Challenge, held at Marina Green Park in Long Beach, Calif.

Twenty-four doubles teams representing 10 different institutions participated in a pool-play format.  Sixteen teams advanced to the Gold Division bracket, with the remaining teams competing in the Silver Division bracket. Finals in the doubles division were one match played to 28.

Pepperdine won the overall tournament trophy as its doubles teams finished first, second and third in the Gold Division.

In the Gold Division final, Kiah Fiers and Lilla Fredrick of Pepperdine defeated the Waves’ Stevi Robinson and Kim Hill, 28-22. In the third-place match, Krista Friedman and Rachel Lumsden of Pepperdine beat Mackenzie Snyder and Lindsey Macias of Chico State, 29-27.

In the Silver Division final, Stephanie Dunn and Erin Dohm of Westmont beat Brianna Clarke and Kelly Mason of Fresno State.

In the exhibition competition for four-person teams, Concordia was the winner over Montana. UNLV and Fresno State tied for third.

“We are very pleased with the level of play and the enthusiasm of the athletes,” said Ali Wood Lamberson, USA Volleyball’s director of beach programs. “We got a lot of positive feedback from athletes, coaches and fans and will continue to grow this event in future years.”

Winner of Tournament Trophy (best overall): Pepperdine; Runner-up: UNLV

Doubles Results:

Gold Division
1. Kiah Fiers/Lilla Fredrick (Pepperdine)
2. Stevi Robinson/Kim Hill (Pepperdine)
3. Krista Friedman/Rachel Lumsden (Pepperdine)
4. Mackenzie Snyder/Lindsey Macias (Chico State)
5T. Baylee Platt/Kasey Van Grouw (Fresno State)
5T. Gabriela Bulawcyzk/Kaylynne De La Rosa (CSULA)
5T. Ingrid Carmona/Jessica Kalama (Cal Baptist)
5T. Gillian Heydorff /Megan Cape (Chico State)
9T. Leah Maurer/Cursty Jackson (UNLV)
9T. Amy Roberts/Jaimie Thibeault Montana
9T. Samantha Richard/Jessica Walters (UNLV)
9T. Jamie Heenan/Heather Dejongh (Vanguard)

Silver Division
1. Stephanie Dunn/Erin Dohm (Westmont)
2. Brianna Clark/Kelly Mason (Fresno State)
3T. Noelle Dyk/Jessica Ewoldt (Cal Baptist)
3T. Allanah Munson/Lauren Berger (Fresno State)
5T. Taryn Wright/Stephanie Turner (Montana)
5T. Tabitha Mabrey/Kela Lau Hee (UNLV)
5T. Kailee Blair/Kate Barton (Westmont)
5T. Whitney Hobbs/Brittany Quick (Montana)
7T. Taylor Jacobs/Jillian Lane (Concordia)
7T. Abbey Ranzua/Amy Jones (Chico State)
7T. Amanda Alles/Kelsey Keeler (UNLV)
7T. Kassie Faulkner/Stefanie Gay (CSULA)

 Four-Person Exhibition:

1. Concordia
2. Montana
3T. Fresno State
5T. Chico State