April 21, 2013
HERMOSA BEACH, Calif. - Juniors Meg Norton and Kelly Reeves placed third in the USA Volleyball Beach Collegiate Challenge Gold bracket pairs competition on Sunday, while senior Bojana Todorovic and sophomore Karsta Lowe were third in the Silver bracket.
Norton and Reeves began the day with a 21-13, 21-13 victory over CSU Bakersfield's #2 team of Debora Araujo and Yuan Fu and posted another straight-set win in the quarterfinals, defeating the Hawai'i #2 squad of Natasha Bell and Tai Manu-Olevao, 22-20, 21-17. The Bruin junior duo then ran into the #1 team from the top-ranked squad in the nation in Lilla Frederick and Kim Hill of Pepperdine and put up a valiant effort, but fell 21-16, 21-19 to finish in a tie for third in the Gold bracket.
Sophomore Zoë Nightingale and freshman Becca Strehlow lost both of their Gold bracket matches, dropping straight-set decisions to Santa Clara's #1 Taylor Milton and Danielle Rottman (21-13, 21-19) and to Hawai'i's #2 Katie Spieler and Ginger Long (21-13, 21-7).
In the Silver bracket, Lowe and Todorovic made it to the semifinals. The #3 UCLA duo began with a victory over Hawai'i's #4 team of Ali Longo and Olivia Urban by identical 21-12 scores. Then taking on the Rainbow Wahine's #3 squad, Lowe and Todorovic knocked off Emily Mount and Ashley Kastl, 21-14, 16-21, 15-13. However, the Waves would strike again in the semis, but not without a fight from the Bruin pair. Lowe and Todorovic took Pepperdine well into extra points in the second set, but ultimately fell, 21-18, 29-27.
The UCLA #4 team of freshmen Karly Drolson and Rachel Inouye split their two matches in the Silver bracket, defeating Loyola Marymount's #3 squad of Hannah Tedrow and Amber Mirabello, 21-18, 21-10, while falling to Long Beach State's #3 team of Jocelyn Neely and Lauren Minkel, 21-9, 21-10, in the quarterfinals.
In the Bronze bracket, freshmen Maddy Klineman and Phelix Fincher also split their two matches. They fell in the first round to Hawai'i's #5 Ku'ulei Zalopany and Nikki Miyashita, 21-15, 21-13, but bounced back with a 21-8, 21-6 win over Santa Clara #5 Chloe Sliger and Lacey Maas.
On Monday, the selection committee will determine which teams and pairs will participate in the AVCA Championships, which take place in May 3-5 in Gulf Shores, Ala.
Sunday, April 21, 2013 - Hermosa Beach, Calif. - USAV Beach Collegiate Challenge
First Round - Norton/Reeves d. Araujo/Fu (CSUB), 21-13, 21-13
Quarterfinals - Norton/Reeves d. Bell/Manu-Olevao (UH), 22-20, 21-17
Semifinals - Frederick/Hill (PEP) d. Norton/Reeves, 21-16, 21-19
First Round - Milton/Rottman (SCU) d. Nightingale/Strehlow, 21-13, 21-19
Consolation - Spieler/Long (UH) d. Nightingale/Strehlow, 21-13, 21-7
First Round - Lowe/Todorovic d. Longo/Urban (UH), 21-12, 21-12
Quarterfinals - Lowe/Todorovic d. Mount/Kastl (UH), 21-14, 16-21, 15-13
Semifinals - Larsen/Woolever (PEP) d. Lowe/Todorovic, 21-18, 29-27
First Round - Drolson/Inouye d. Tedrow/Mirabello (LMU), 21-18, 21-10
Quarterfinals - Neely/Minkel (LBSU) d. Drolson/Inouye, 21-9, 21-10
First Round - Zalopany/Miyashita (UH) d. Klineman/Fincher, 21-15, 21-13
Consolation - Klineman/Fincher d. Sliger/Maas (SCU), 21-8, 21-6