HERMOSA BEACH, Calif. - The fifth-seeded UCLA Bruins dropped a tight match to fourth-seeded LMU, 3-2, in the first match of Pool A on Saturday morning at Hermosa Beach, Calif., at the 2014 Beach Collegiate Challenge, hosted by USA Volleyball. UCLA droped to 6-7 on the year while LMU improved to 6-7.
Avery Bush and Kathleen Luft defeated the Bruins' duo of junior Zoë Nightingale and senior Madie Smith, 21-17, 21-18 at No. 2 doubles.
At No. 3 doubles, The Bruins' duo of junior Karsta Lowe and sophomore Taylor Formico defeated LMU's Taylor Akana and Rachelle Suaava in straight sets, 21-17, 21-18. Lowe and Formico fell to the same team two weeks ago in straight sets (21-16, 23-21).
The Bruins' Karly Drolson and Rachel Inouye were moved from No. 5 doubles to No. 4 doubles, but produced the same result against LMU, winning a straight-set victory (21-17, 23-21) over LMU's Caitlin DeWitt and Hannah Tedrow.
No. 5 doubles featured new pairs for both teams as LMU's Anne Marie Taylor and Ashley Maxfeldt defeated UCLA's Skylar Dykstra and Julie Consani, 21-16, 21-17
UCLA continues pool play today at Noon on courts 1-5 vs. No. 1 USC.
Loyola Marymount 3, #6 UCLA 2 - Saturday, April 12, 2014 - Hermosa Beach, Calif.
#1 - Litara Keil/Betsi Metter (LMU) def. Jessyka Ngauamo/Kamila Tan (UCLA), 19-21, 21-19, 18-16
#2 - Avery Bush/Kathleen Luft (LMU) def. Zoë Nightingale/Madie Smith (UCLA), 21-17, 21-18
#3 - Taylor Formico/Karsta Lowe (UCLA) def. Taylor Akana/Rachelle Suaava (LMU), 21-18, 21-18
#4 - Karly Drolson/Rachel Inouye (UCLA) def. Caitlin DeWitt/Hannah Tedrow (LMU), 21-17, 23-21
#5 - Anne Marie Taylor/Ashley Maxfeldt (LMU) def. Skylar Dykstra/Julie Consani (UCLA), 21-16, 21-17