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Collegiate stars narrow in on Summer Champions Series titles

By Corinne Calabro | May 12, 2017, 10 p.m. (ET)

HERMOSA BEACH, Calif. – The second day of the USA Volleyball Collegiate Beach Championships rolled into a scenic California sunset as teams narrowed down into Saturday's semifinal field.

Beginning at eight in the morning, the competition stretched through the day as the sun set on the final match of the day, between Georgia State and Saint Mary's. The women's Saturday semifinals will feature two teams from Southern California, one from Pepperdine and Georgia State. The men's semis have athletes from UCLA, Hawaii, a pair from USC/UC Irvine and a pair from Davenport/Cincinnati Christian.

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In the round of 16, six women's teams were pairs that were not at the 2017 NCAA Championship, and in the quarterfinals, half of the teams didn't compete in this year's NCAA Champs. The bracket presented an opportunity for schools to compete against unlikely regular season matchups. Saturday's semifinals features: No. 1 Kelly Claes/Sara Hughes (USC) against No. 5 Corinne Quiggle/Brittany Howard (Pepperdine); No. 4 Terese Cannon/Nicolette Martin (USC) versus No. 17 Delaney Rohan/Chelsea Ross (Georgia State).

For Georgia State's Rohan/Ross, the duo had a marathon of a day. In the round of 16 they used three sets to take out Louisiana State's Claire Coppola/Kristen Nuss, 21-23, 21-10, 15-10. The final match of the day was Rohan/Ross against Saint Mary's Lindsey Knudsen/Payton Rund. The two teams traded the first two sets before GSU edged it out for the final semifinal slot, 21-19, 17-21, 15-13, just before the sun set on Hermosa Beach Pier.

In men's play, traditional indoor powerhouses proved their worth on the sand with Hawaii's Brett Rosenmeier/Colton Cowell, UCLA's Jackson Bantle/Hagen Smith, Lucas Yoder (USC)/Michael Saeta (UC Irvine) earning spots in the semifinals. The third seed in the tournament was of a mixed school pair, Nathan Vander Meer (Davenport)/Logan Webber (Cincinnati Christian), who earned their spot in the semifinals after a 2-1 record in pool play and a three-set victory against Long Beach State's Louis Richard/Matt Butler in the quarterfinals, 21-13, 14-21, 15-13.

WATCH THE FINALS
The USA Volleyball Collegiate Beach Championships is the first stop of the Team USA Summer Champions Series, presented by Comcast. The women's final will air live on NBCSN at 6 p.m. ET on May 13. The men's final will air taped delayed after the women's match. The winners of the event will earn a spot on a USAV collegiate beach national team, which competes throughout the U.S. and abroad at FIVB events.

Athletes

Seed   WOMEN
    Player 1 Player 2 School
  Kelly Claes Sara Hughes Southern California
  Jessalyn Kinlaw Megan Rice Florida Atlantic
  Delaney Knudsen Madalyn Roh Pepperdine
  Terese Cannon Nicolette Martin Southern California
  Corinne Quiggle Brittany Howard Pepperdine
  Victoria Paranagua    Vanessa Freire    Florida State
  McKenna Witt Madison Witt Arizona
  Jenna Belton Jo Kremer Southern California
  Abril Bustamante Joy Dennis Southern California
10    Rachel Nieto Kobi Pekich Long Beach State
11    Anika Wilson Deahna Kraft Pepperdine
12    Lindsey Knudsen Payton Rund Saint Mary's College (CA)
13    Kamila Tan Jordan Anderson UCLA
14    Sarah Sponcil Savannah Slattery Loyola Marymount
15    Lily Justine Madi Yeomans UCLA
16    Leigh Andrew Brooke Kuhlman Florida State
17    Delaney Rohan Chelsea Ross Georgia State
18    Claire Coppola Kristen Nuss LSU
19    Macie Tendrich Katie Zimmerman South Carolina
20    Katie Smith Adrianna Culbert South Carolina
21    Olivia Powers Katie Lindelow LSU
22    Crissy Jones Tia Scambray Washington
23    Amy Neal Jaelyn Greene TCU
24    Hannah Hubbard Emily Sonny Cal Poly

Seed    MEN      
    Player 1 Player 2 School
  Lucas Yoder Michael Saeta Southern California/UC Irvine
  Jackson Bantle Hagen Smith UCLA
  Nathan Vander Meer Logan Webber Davenport/Cincinnati Christian
  Grant Friedman Scott Stadick UC Irvine
  Reid Dominguez Dillon Hoffman UC Irvine
  Louis Richard Matt Butler Long Beach State
  Tyler Hedley Vincent Pizzuti Palomar College/Long Beach State
  Brian Ross Bobby Costigan Sacred Heart
  Alex Vohland Brett Cooper Mount St. Joseph
10    Brett Rosenmeier Colton Cowell Hawaii
11    Matthew Yoshimoto Jake Walenga Lewis

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