Pepperdine on Top at USAV Collegiate Challenge
B.J. Hoeptner Evans
Phone: (719) 228-6800
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (April 14, 2012) – Pepperdine’s sand volleyball team went undefeated against four other top programs on Saturday at the USA Volleyball Collegiate Challenge in Hermosa Beach, Calif., to put itself in good position to earn a bid to the AVCA Collegiate Championships in two weeks.
Saturday’s competition pitted five teams from each school against each other, head-to-head. Pepperdine topped Loyola Marymount (5-0), Long Beach State (4-1), the University of Southern California (3-2) and Hawaii (5-0).
With its victory, Pepperdine finished its season 14-0 and most likely locked up an invitation to the AVCA Collegiate Sand Volleyball Championships on April 27-29 in Gulf Shores, Ala.
Long Beach State came in second at 3-1. USC was third at 2-2. Hawaii finished at 1-3 and LMU was 0-4.
The teams from each school gave good performances despite cold and windy conditions.
“It was cold and gusty out there today, but you would never have known it from the level of play,” said Ali Wood Lamberson, USAV director of beach programs. “We’re looking forward to less wind and more sun for tomorrow’s pairs competition.”
Sunday’s action will start at 9 a.m. and will consist of a flighted pairs competition with gold and silver divisions (the top 16 teams will compete in the gold division). Pairs will get ranking points based on their finish that will help them qualify for the pair competition of the AVCA Collegiate Championships.
In Saturday’s competition, two teams in the top two flights went undefeated: Long Beach State’s No. 1 team of Tara Roenicke (Alta Loma, Calif.) and Caitlin Ledoux (Phelan, Calif.) went 4-0 as did USC’s No. 2 team of Kirby Burnham (Newport Beach, Calif.) and Kelly Irvin (Pacific Palisades, Calif.).
A selection committee will meet Sunday evening to determine the four collegiate teams and the 16 individual pairs that will compete in the AVCA Collegiate Championships. Eight of the pairs will come from the four competing collegiate teams while the other eight will be wild cards from schools that were not selected.