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West coasters finish strong at USAV Collegiate Beach Championships

By Corinne Calabro | May 13, 2017, 11 p.m. (ET)

HERMOSA BEACH, Calif. – At the conclusion of the USA Volleyball Collegiate Beach Championships, the podium was packed with five of the six spots hailing from California schools.

All three women's podium finishers consisted of California schools, while the men's saw the first two spots from the Eureka state, and in bronze from the Midwest.


The brand new pairing of Lucas Yoder (USC) and Michael Saeta (UC Irvine) won the men's gold medal match, 21-16, 21-13 against UCLA's Jackson Bantle/Hagen Smith. The all-USC women's final saw Kelly Claes/Sara Hughes defeat their NCAA teammates Terese Cannon/Nicolette Martin, 19-21, 21-13, 15-11.

Finishing in third, Nathan Vander Meer (Davenport)/Logan Webber (Cincinnati Christian) defeated Hawaii's Brett Rosenmeier/Colton Cowell, 21-15, 12-21, 15-11. The women's bronze went to Corinne Quiggle/Brittany Howard (Pepperdine), when they topped Georgia State's Delaney Rohan/Chelsea Ross, 21-17, 21-11.

To participant in the event, the athletes must have been collegiate volleyball student-athletes (indoor/beach), or within one year removed of having graduated.

The event was buzzing, riding off the momentum of the NCAA Beach Volleyball Championships which wrapped the week prior in Gulf Shores, Alabama. In Hermosa Beach, the scene was the quintessential California vibe, but with the 23 different schools from around the country present, it was anything but a typical outing.

Team's like Georgia State's Ross/Rohan faced off against powerhouses Pepperdine and USC, en route to exceeding their seeding of 17th, with a fourth-place finish. Fans were treated to seeing Midwest schools represented, in Davenport University, Cincinnati Christian, Mount St. Joseph and Lewis University. There were the commonplace sightings of stars on the beach: Matt Leinhart, Casey Patterson, Kerri Walsh Jennings and at one point, eight Olympic volleyball players mingling around. Aside from the stars, the collegiate athletes showed the kids in the stands that the game has an accessibility about it.

It wasn't just about beach volleyball being a California thing, though the podium was heavily West Coast. It was a chance to bring in the up-and-coming, from around the nation; to showcase programs that have put in the work and supported the sport. To grow the men's game at the collegiate level. The athletes that played in the USAV Collegiate Beach Championships brought out the best of the sport, showing us that it's anyone's game, and a game for everyone.


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

1. Kelly Claes/Sara Hughes (USC)
2. Terese Cannon/Nicolette Martin (USC)
3. Corinne Quiggle/Brittany Howard (Pepperdine)
4. Delaney Rohan/Chelsea Ross (Georgia State)

1. Lucas Yoder (USC)/Michael Saeta (UC Irvine)
2. Jackson Bantle/Hagen Smith (UCLA)
3. Nathan Vander Meer (Davenport)/Logan Webber (Cincinnati Christian)
4. Brett Rosenmeier/Colton Cowell (Hawaii)

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