For a better browsing experience please switch your browser out of compatability mode.
USA Volleyball Logo

USA Volleyball

UPDATED: USAV Hosts Beach Collegiate Challenge

March 13, 2013, 6:07 p.m. (ET)

Results from dual matches on March 14
Florida State defeats Nebraska, 4-1

No. 1 UN Kelsey Robinson/Alexa Strange def. FSU Fatma Yildirim/Aurora Davis, 19-21, 21-19, 15-7
No. 2 FSU Melanie Pavels/Katherine Plessy def. UN Hayley Thramer/Amber Rolfzen, 21-18, 20-22, 15-12
No. 3 FSU Jace Pardon/Marija Milosavljevic def. UN Kadie Rolfzen/Morgan Broekhuis, 21-17, 21-16
No. 4 FSU Sarah Wickstrom/Mallory Kiley def.  UN Cecilia Hall/Kelsey Fien, 21-13, 21-13
No. 5 FSU Stephanie Pelleteri/Kristina Pelleteri def. UN Alicia Ostrander/Sheridan Zarda, 21-12, 21-15

Pepperdine defeats Florida State, 3-2

No. 1 PEP Lilla Fredrick/Kim Hill def. FSU Julie Brown/Jace Pardon, 21-13, 21-15
No. 2 PEP Lara Dykstra/Caitlin Racich def. FSU Aurora Davis/Fatma Yildram, 15-21, 21-14, 16-14
No. 3 PEP Kelley Larsen/Kellie Woolever def. FSU Melanie Pavels/Katherine Plessy, 21-18, 21-13
No. 4 FSU Mallory Kiley/Sarah Wickstrom def. PEP Taylor Racich/Emily Cook, 27-25, 25-23
No. 5 FSU Kristina Pelleteri/Stephanie Pelleteri def. PEP Victoria Adelheim/Jazmine Orosco, 21-14, 18-21, 15-13

Pepperdine defeats Nebraska, 5-0

No. 1 PEP Lilla Fredrick/Kim Hill def. NEB Kelsey Robinson/Alexa Strange, 23-21, 21-14
No. 2 PEP Lara Dykstra/Caitlin Racich def. NEB Hayley Thramer/Amber Rolfzen, 21-15, 21-11
No. 3 PEP Kelley Larsen/Kellie Woolever def. NEB Kadie Rolfzen/Morgan Broekhuis, 21-11, 21-13
No. 4 PEP Taylor Racich/Emily Cook def.  NEB Meghan Haggerty/Sheridan Zarda, 17-21, 21-15, 15-4
No. 5 PEP Victoria Adelheim/Jazmine Orosco def. NEB Cecilia Hall/Kelsey Fien, 21-17, 21-16

To view a schedule for the weekend, click here.

For media who would like to request credentials, please contact Emily Cox (emily.cox@usoc.org or 619-246-3223) or Katelynn Maier (katelynn.maier@usoc.org or 609-226-9629). Credentialed media should enter in through the Athlete Entrance rather than the Visitor Entrance to be closer to the venue. USA Volleyball requests that interviews be cleared through the coaches prior to interviewing athletes and cameras should stay at least 5 meters back from the perimeter of the court.

B.J. Hoeptner Evans
Manager, Communications
Phone: (719) 228-6800
E-Mail: bj.evans@usav.org
USAV Facebook - @USA_Volleyball - @USAV Beach

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (March 13, 2013) – Five NCAA sand volleyball teams will compete in  Chula Vista, Calif., at the USA Volleyball Beach Collegiate Challenge on March 14-17 at the U.S. Olympic Training Center.

Players compete at the 2011 USA Volleyball Beach Collegiate Challenge
Players compete at the 2011 USAV Beach Collegiate Challenge.

Teams from CSU Bakersfield, Florida State, Grand Canyon University, Nebraska and Pepperdine will compete for both dual titles and a team championship.

The matches will begin at 10 a.m. on March 14-16 and at 9 a.m. on March 17. The competition is free and open to the public.

Pepperdine is ranked No. 1 in the AVCA Collegiate Sand Preseason Poll and won the 2012 USAV Beach Collegiate Challenge. It also won the first-ever AVCA Collegiate Sand Volleyball National Championships in 2012 in Gulf Shores, Ala. This season it is 1-0 after defeating Florida International (5-0) on March 9.

Pepperdine returns three All-Americans from its 2012 squad: Caitlin Racich, who won the 2012 AVCA Collegiate Sand Volleyball team title with Summer Ross, Lilla Frederick and Kim Hill.

Florida State, ranked No. 4, is 3-1 so far this season. It has defeated the University of Southern California (3-2), Loyola Marymount (5-0) and UCLA (5-0), but fell to Long Beach State (4-1).

Nebraska’s sand volleyball team, ranked No. 9, will make its debut at the Collegiate Challenge as this is the first year it has fielded a team.

Grand Canyon University and CSU Bakersfield are both unranked and are both making their debuts in the sport this season. Grand Canyon is 0-1 after falling to Florida International on March 8. Both Grand Canyon and CSU Bakersfield will be playing in a three-team meet at USC on Thursday (March 14) before heading south to compete in Chula Vista.

The sport of sand volleyball was approved by the NCAA as an Emerging Sport for women in 2009.  Fifteen schools sponsored varsity teams in the spring of 2012, the first season of competition for Division I schools. That number has doubled in 2013 and is expected to surpass 40, the threshold for championship status, by the spring of 2014. Should funds be approved for a championship in the next budget cycle, the NCAA would host its first national championship in the spring of 2016.

To view a schedule for the weekend, click here.

USA Volleyball is still looking for volunteers to help as ball shaggers, score keepers and stats keepers.  Interested volunteers can sign up online through this link: https://usavbeach.webconnex.com/ccvol.

For media who would like to request credentials, please contact Emily Cox (emily.cox@usoc.org or 619-246-3223) or Katelynn Maier (katelynn.maier@usoc.org or 609-226-9629). Credentialed media should enter in through the Athlete Entrance rather than the Visitor Entrance to be closer to the venue. USA Volleyball requests that interviews be cleared through the coaches prior to interviewing athletes and cameras should stay at least 5 meters back from the perimeter of the court.

Comments


Related Articles


More Stories ›