Sand Volleyball Season in Full Swing

Sara Hughes and her partner Kelly Claes won the USC Pairs Tournament over the weekend.

USAV Collegiate Challenge

Winning their second pairs title of the still-young 2015 NCAA sand volleyball Pepperdine’s Kelley Larsen and Kellie Woolever defeated teammates Lara Dykstra and Becca Strehlow 21-14, 21-18 for the USAV Collegiate Challenge pairs title at the US Olympic training facility in Chula Vista, California.

A week before, the duo won the Rainbow Wahine Invitational Pairs tournament in Hawaii.

Pepperdine dominated the Collegiate Challenge, sending three duos to the pairs semifinal round and defeating Grand Canyon and CSU Bakersfield 5-0 in team competition.

Hawaii also went 2-0 in the duals competition, defeating Texas Christian 5-0 and Grand Canyon 4-1. Brittany Tiegs and partner Nikki Taylor along with Sammie Brown and Hannah Rooks advanced to the quarterfinal round of the pairs tournament, however both duos lost to the Pepperdine teams that would appear in the final.

Grand Canyon’s Mackenzie Phelps and Shannon Dugan had a good showing at the pairs championship as well, advancing all the way to the semifinals where they fell to eventual champions Larsen and Woolever.

USC Wins Home Tournament

Florida State and Loyola Marymount joined the USC sand team for the third-annual USC Sand Volleyball Tournament. The home team dominated duals matches, defeating both visiting teams 4-1, and top duo Sara Hughes and Kelly Claes claimed the pairs title. Florida State won 3-2 when it played LMU.

In the pairs tournament, LMU’s Betsi Metter and Sarah Sponcil reached the final where they fell to Hughes and Claes 21-13, 21-8. Hughes also won the pairs tournament in 2014 with then-partner Kirby Burnham.

East Coast Action

On the opposite coast, the University of North Florida hosted the UNF Sand Volleyball Invitational. In attendance were the teams from the host school, Florida International, Florida Atlantic, College of Charleston, South Carolina, Jacksonville, Georgia State, and LSU.


Saturday, March 14, 2015

Florida International def. Georgia State (3-2)
Jacksonville def. LSU (3-2)
Florida Atlantic def. North Florida (3-2)
Florida International def. College of Charleston (5-0)
Georgia State def. LSU (3-2)
North Florida def. South Carolina (3-2)
Florida Atlantic def. Jacksonville (3-2)
South Carolina def. College of Charleston (4-1)

Sunday, March 15, 2015

Georgia State def. Florida Atlantic (5-0)
Florida International def. LSU (5-0)
Georgia State def. North Florida (5-0)
LSU def. College of Charleston (3-2)
Florida International def. Jacksonville (5-0)
South Carolina def. Florida Atlantic (5-0)
North Florida def. College of Charleston (3-2)
South Carolina def. Jacksonville (3-2)


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