The biggest matches in NCAA sand volleyball were played in Columbia, South Carolina, and Honolulu, Hawaii, over the weekend. The Gamecock Invitational hosted by the University of South Carolina welcomed Florida State, Georgia State, Carson Newman, Arizona State, Tulane, and the University of Alabama-Birmingham. No. 4-ranked Florida State and host school South Carolina claimed the best records at the event, both going 5-1 over the weekend. South Carolina will host the Palmetto Invitational as Pepperdine and Florida International make the journey to Columbia.
In Honolulu, the University of Hawaii hosted the Queen of the Beach Challenge. USC, Nebraska, and Cal traveled to the islands to compete. USC went 3-0 in duals competition and top duo Sara Hughes and Kelly Claes won the pairs tournament, their second pairs title of the season so far. Hawaii’s Katie Spieler and Olivia Urban took second in the pairs competition, while Justine Wong-Orantes and Alicia Ostrander of Nebraska took the silver bracket title over USC’s Bria Russ and Jenna Belton. In the bronze bracket, Hawaii’s Lara Schreiber and Heather Boyan went to three before defeating Cal’s Emily Lunt and Sarah Cole in the bronze bracket final.
The University of Washington kicked off its season with three straight duals wins over St. Mary’s, Pacific, and Sacramento State. The win over St. Mary’s on Saturday marked the first win in the UW Sand Volleyball program history.
Tomorrow, No. 2-ranked Pepperdine will take on No. 3-ranked USC in the Merle Norman sand volleyball stadium. The match will air on Pac-12 Networks, starting at 2 p.m. PT.