2018 Pac-12 Beach Volleyball Championship

April 26-28 | Stanford, CA | Free Entry

UCLA claims first-ever Pac-12 beach volleyball title

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STANFORD, Calif. - No. 1-ranked and top-seeded UCLA defeated USC to claim the Bruins’ first-ever Pac-12 Beach Volleyball Championship crown on Saturday afternoon at the Stanford Beach Volleyball Stadium. The Bruins did not drop a dual in the three-day event, extending their program-record win streak to 30 in a row.

The Bruins won points at the No. 1, 2 and 4 pairs. Elise Zappia and Mac May claimed the team’s first point but the USC pair of Alexandra Poletto and Haley Hallgren won a close match at No. 5 to even the score, 1-1. In the second round, twins Nicole and Megan McNamara held off USC’s top pair of Tina Graudina and Abril Bustamante to win the first set, 21-19, then won in convincing fashion in the second, 21-15, to give UCLA a 2-1 lead. It was the first time this season the twins had defeated the Trojan pair, including a loss in the morning semifinal.

The deciding point came from the No. 3 pair of Savvy Simo and Madi Yeomans. The due did not lose a set all week, claiming the championship point by a score of 21-19, 21-16.

The day opened with back-to-back 3-2 decisions. Third-seeded CALIFORNIA won the No. 4 and No. 5 pairs to take a 2-0 lead. But sixth-seeded WASHINGTON was hoping for another upset after upending fourth-seeded Stanford on Friday night. The Huskies won at No. 1 and No. 2 handily, evening the score at 2-2. Though winning in straight sets, Cal’s Iya Lindahl and Alexia Inman had to hold off UW’s Courtney Schwan and Destiny Julye, 24-22 and 26-24, to claim the winning point and Cal advanced to the contender’s final.

In the contender’s final, USC took care of business quickly, winning, 5-0, to advance to the championship dual rematch. The previous four meetings between the Trojans and Bruins this season had been decided 3-2 in either direction. The teams also met twice in last year’s championship, both duals also going 3-2, with the Bruins winning in last year’s semifinal. The Trojans got paybacks in the championship dual, however, winning their second-consecutive title.

In the morning’s semifinal, the Bruins and Trojans opened the day and needed to go the distance for a decision in first dual of the day. UCLA won 3-2 with the final point decided by Lily Justine and Sarah Sponcil at No. 2.

Five pairs were named to the all-tournament team, as voted on by the Pac-12 beach volleyball coaches: UW’s Schwan and Julye (No. 2 pair); USC’s Graudina and Bustamante (No. 1 pair); UCLA’s Simo and Yeoman’s (No. 3 pair), Justine and Sponcil (No. 2 pair), and the McNamara twins (No. 1 pair).

Pac-12 Beach Volleyball teams await the announcement of the NCAA Beach Volleyball Championship Selections which will be made on Sunday, April 29 at 4 p.m. PT. Eight teams will be selected for the double-elimination tournament format. The NCAA Championship will be held May 4-6 in Gulf Shores, Ala., and will be televised on ESPN, ESPN2 and ESPNU, as well as streamed on espn3.com.

2018 PAC-12 BEACH VOLLEYBALL CHAMPIONSHIPS
Stanford Beach Volleyball Stadium, Stanford, California

Saturday's Results
MATCH 13: #1 UCLA def. #2 USC, 3-2
1. Tina Graudina/Abril Bustamante (USC) def. Nicole McNamara/Megan McNamara (UCLA), 21-13, 20-22, 15-9
2. Lily Justine/Sarah Sponcil (UCLA) def. Terese Cannon/Sammy Slater (USC), 19-21, 21-19, 15-12
3. Savvy Simo/Madi Yeomans (UCLA) def. Joy Dennis/Cammie Dorn (USC), 21-19, 21-7
4. Elise Zappia/Mac May (UCLA) def. Jenna Belton/Maja Kaiser (USC), 21-16, 23-21
5. Alexandra Poletto/Haley Hallgren (USC) def. Izzy Carey/Megan Muret (UCLA), 12-21, 21-17, 15-12
Order of finish: 4, 5, 3, 1, 2*

MATCH 14: #3 CALIFORNIA def. #6 WASHINGTON, 3-2
1. Jordan Anderson/Kimmy Gardiner (WASH) def. Mima Mirkovic/Jessica Gaffney (CAL), 21-14, 21-8
2. Iya Lindahl/Alexia Inman (CAL) def. Courtney Schwan/Destiny Julye (WASH), 24-22, 26-24
3. Carly Dehoog/Shayne McPherson (WASH) def. Bryce Bark/Madison Dueck (CAL), 21-15, 21-12
4. Mia Merino/Caroline Schafer (CAL) def. Anna Crabtree/Kara Bajema (WASH), 21-18, 22-20
5. Maddie Micheletti/Grace Campbell (CAL) def. Natalie Robinson/Sam Drecshel (WASH), 21-17, 21-17
Order of finish: 5, 4, 1, 3, 2*

MATCH 15: #2 USC def. #3 CALIFORNIA, 5-0
1. Tina Graudina/Abril Bustamante (USC) def. Mima Mirkovic/Jessica Gaffney (CAL), 21-15, 21-18
2. Terese Cannon/Sammy Slater (USC) def. Iya Lindahl/Alexia Inman (CAL), 21-7, 21-13
3. Joy Dennis/Cammie Dorn (USC) def. Bryce Bark/Madison Dueck (CAL), 21-9, 18-21, 15-6
4. Jenna Belton/Maja Kaiser (USC) def. Mia Merino/Caroline Schafer (CAL), 21-12, 21-16
5. Alexandra Poletto/Haley Hallgren (USC) def. Maddie Micheletti/Grace Campbell (CAL), 21-17, 13-21, 15-10
Order of finish: 4, 5, 2*, 1, 3

MATCH 16: #1 UCLA 3, #2 USC 1
1. Nicole McNamara/Megan McNamara (UCLA) def. Tina Graudina/Abril Bustamante (USC) 21-19, 21-15
2. Lily Justine/Sarah Sponcil (UCLA) vs. Terese Cannon/Sammy Slater (USC) 21-23, 18-15, unfinished
3. Savvy Simo/Madi Yeomans (UCLA) def. Joy Dennis/Cammie Dorn (USC) 21-19, 21-16
4. Elise Zappia/Mac May (UCLA) def. Jenna Belton/Maja Kaiser (USC) 21-17, 21-17
5. Alexandra Poletto/Haley Hallgren (USC) def. Izzy Carey/Megan Muret (UCLA) 21-17, 21-17
Order of finish: 4, 5, 1, 3*

 

Friday’s Results
DUAL 7: #5 ARIZONA def. #8 UTAH, 5-0
1. Natalie Anselmo/Olivia Macdonald (ARIZ)  def. Adora Anae/Dani Barton (UTAH), 16-21, 25-23, 15-8
2. Kacey Nady/Olivia Hallaran (ARIZ) def. Bailey Choy/Tawnee Luafalemana (UTAH), 21-12, 21-17
3. Hailey Devlin/Stephany Purdue (ARIZ) def. Melissa Powell/Kenzie Koerber (UTAH), 21-5, 21-19
4. Brooke Burling/Jonny Baham (ARIZ) def. Berkeley Oblad/Lauga Gauta (UTAH), 21-18, 21-11
5. Caroline Cordes/Makenna Martin (ARIZ) def. Brianna Doehrmann/Lauren Sproule (UTAH), 21-8, 21-9
Order of finish: 5, 4, 3*, 2, 1

DUAL 8: #6 WASHINGTON def. #7 ARIZONA STATE, 4-1
1. Jordan Anderson/Kimmy Gardiner (WASH) def. Kwyn Johnson/Mia Rivera (ASU), 21-15, 21-10
2. Courtney Schwan/Destiny Julye (WASH) def. Frances Giedraitis/Natalie Braun (ASU), 21-17, 21-12|
3. Carly Dehoog/Shayne McPherson (WASH) def. Ellyson Lundberg/Katelyn Carballo (ASU), 30-28, 19-21, 16-14
4. Anna Crabtree/Kara Bajema (WASH) def. Katie Cross/Cierra Flood (ASU), 21-19, 21-14
5. Samantha Plaster/Kate Baldwin (ASU) def. Natalie Robinson/Sam Drecshel (WASH), 21-17, 21-10
Order of finish: 4,5,1,2*,3

DUAL 9: #2 USC def. #3 CALIFORNIA, 4-1
1. Tina Graudina/Abril Bustamante (USC) def. Mima Mirkovic/Jessica Gaffney (CAL), 21-8, 21-14
2. Terese Cannon/Sammy Slater (USC) def. Iya Lindahl/Alexia Inman (CAL), 21-12, 21-16
3. Joy Dennis/Cammie Dorn (USC) vs. Bryce Bark/Madison Dueck (CAL), 21-14, 18-21, 15-13
4. Mia Merino/Carolina Schafer (CAL) def. Jenna Belton/Maja Kaiser (USC), 32-30, 21-15
5. Alexandra Poletto/Haley Hallgren (USC) def. Maddie Micheletti/Grace Campbell (CAL), 21-16, 19-21, 16-14
Order of finish: 4,5,1,2*,3

DUAL 10: #1 UCLA def. #4 STANFORD, 5-0
1. Nicole McNamara/Megan McNamara (UCLA) def. Courtney Bowen/Sunny Villapando (STAN), 21-12, 21-13
2. Lily Justine/Sarah Sponcil (UCLA) def. Morgan Hentz/Amelia Smith (STAN), 21-19, 21-16
3. Savvy Simo/Madi Yeomans (UCLA) def. Kate Formico/Cat Raquel (STAN), 21-15, 21-10
4. Elise Zappia/Mac May (UCLA) def. Cait Keefe/Payton Chang (STAN), 21-15, 21-13
5. Izzy Carey/Megan Muret (UCLA) def. Shannon Richardson/Blake Sharp (STAN), 21-14, 21-14
Order of finish: 5, 4, 1*, 3, 2

DUAL 11: #3 CALIFORNIA def. #7 ARIZONA, 3-2
1. Mima Mirkovic/Jessica Gaffney (CAL) def. Natalie Anselmo/Olivia Macdonald (ARIZ), 21-19, 21-11
2. Iya Lindahl/Alexia Inman (CAL) def. Kacey Nady/Olivia Hallaran (ARIZ), 21-17, 29-31, 15-11
3. Hailey Devlin/Stephany Purdue (ARIZ) def. Bryce Bark/Madison Dueck (CAL), 13-21, 21-18, 20-18
4. Brooke Burling/Jonny Baham (ARIZ) def. Mia Merino/Caroline Schafer (CAL), 21-15, 21-16
5. Maddie Micheletti/Grace Campbell (CAL) def. Caroline Cordes/Makenna Martin (ARIZ), 21-16, 21-19
Order of finish: 4, 5, 1, 3, 2*

DUAL 12: #6 WASHINGTON def. #4 STANFORD, 4-1
1. Courtney Bowen/Sunny Villapando (STAN) d. Jordan Anderson/Kimmy Gardiner (WASH), 21-19, 23-21
2. Courtney Schwan/Destiny Julye (WASH) def. Morgan Hentz/Amelia Smith (STAN) 19-21, 21-16, 15-10
3. Carly Dehoog/Shayne McPherson (WASH) d. Kate Formico/Cat Raquel (STAN) 26-24, 16-21, 15-11
4. Anna Crabtree/Kara Bajema (WASH) def. Cait Keefe/Payton Chang (STAN), 21-11, 21-17
5. Natalie Robinson/Sam Drecshel (WASH) def. Shannon Richardson/Blake Sharp (STAN), 21-16, 21-14
Order of finish: 5,4,1,2*,3

 

Thursday’s Results
DUAL 1: #8 UTAH def. #9 OREGON, 4-1
1. Adora Anae/Dani Barton (UTAH) def. Lindsey Vander Weide/August Raskie (ORE), 19-21, 21-12, 15-3
2. Bailey Choy/Tawnee Luafalemana (UTAH) def. Taylor Agost/Josie Cole (ORE), 21-15, 21-8
3. Melissa Powell/Kenzie Koerber (UTAH) def. Lauren Page/Willow Johnson (ORE), 21-15, 23-21
4. Berkeley Oblad/Laura Gauta (UTAH) def. Maggie Scott/Ronika Stone (ORE), 18-21, 21-11, 18-16
5. Kya Hanawahine/Marine Hall-Poirer (ORE) def. Brianna Doehrmann/Lauren Sproule (UTAH), 21-14, 15-21, 15-10
Order of finish: 5, 4, 2, 1*, 3

DUAL 2: #2 USC def. #7 ARIZONA STATE, 4-1
1. Tina Graudina/Abril Bustamante (USC) def. Kwyn Johnson/Mia Rivera (ASU), 21-15, 21-13
2. Terese Cannon/Sammy Slater (USC) def. Frances Giedraitis/Natalie Braun (ASU), 21-12, 21-7
3. Ellyson Lundberg/Katelyn Carballo (ASU) def. Joy Dennis/Cammie Dorn (USC), 21-16, 21-19
4. Jenna Belton/Maja Kaiser (USC) def. Katie Cross/Cierra Flood (ASU), 21-18, 21-11
5. Alexandra Poletto/Haley Hallgren (USC) def. Samantha Plaster/Kate Baldwin (ASU), 21-16, 21-16
Order of finish: 4, 5, 2*, 1, 3

DUAL 3: #3 CALIFORNIA def. #6 WASHINGTON, 4-1
1. Mima Mirkovic/Jessica Gaffney (CAL) def. Jordan Anderson/Kimmy Gardiner (WASH) 24-22, 23-21
2. Iya Lindahl/Alexia Inman (CAL) def. Courtney Schwan/Destiny Julye (WASH) 12-21, 21-16, 15-10
3. Bryce Bark/Madison Dueck (CAL) def. Carly Dehoog/Shayne McPherson (WASH) 21-18, 21-18
4. Anna Crabtree/Kara Bajema (WASH) def. Mia Merino/Caroline Schafer (CAL) 21-10, 21-13
5. Maddie Micheletti/Grace Campbell (CAL) def. Natalie Robinson/Sam Drechsel (WASH) 21-13, 21-7
Order of finish: 5, 4, 3, 1*, 2

DUAL 4: #4 STANFORD def. #5 ARIZONA, 4-1
1. Courtney Brown/Sunny Villapando (STAN) def. Natalie Anselmo/Olivia Macdonald (ARIZ) 18-21, 21-13, 15-11
2. Morgan Hentz/Amelia Smith (STAN) def. Kacey Nady/Olivia Hallaran (ARIZ) 21-18, 21-19
3. Kate Formico/Catherine Raquel (STAN) def. Hailey Devlin/Stephany Purdue (ARIZ) 21-18, 16-21, 15-7
4. Caitlin Keefe/Payton Chang (STAN) def. Brooke Burling/Jonny Baham (ARIZ) 22-20, 21-16
5. Caroline Cordes/Makenna Martin (ARIZ) def. Shannon Anderson/Blake Sharp (STAN) 21-15, 21-17
Order of finish: 5, 4, 2, 3*, 1

DUAL 5: #1 UCLA def. #8 UTAH, 5-0
1. Nicole McNamara/Megan McNamara (UCLA) def. Adora Anae/Dani Burton (UTAH), 21-12, 21-13
2. Lily Justine/Sarah Sponcil (UCLA) def. Bailey Choy/Tawnee Luafalemana (UTAH), 21-11, 21-7
3. Savvy Simo/Madi Yeomans (UCLA) vs. Melissa Powell/Kenzie Koerber (UTAH), 21-14, 24-22
4. Elise Zappia/Mac May (UCLA) def. Berkeley Oblad/Lauga Gauta (UTAH), 21-13, 21-15
5. Izzy Carey/Megan Muret (UCLA) def. Brianna Doehrmann/Lauren Sproule (UTAH), 21-15, 21-12
Order of finish: 4, 5, 1*, 2, 3

DUAL 6: #7 ARIZONA STATE def. #9 OREGON, 5-0
1. Kwyn Johnson/Mia Rivera (ASU) def. Lindsey Vander Weide/August Raskie (ORE), 21-13, 21-13
2. Frances Giedraitis/Natalie Braun (ASU) def. Taylor Agost/Josie Cole (ORE), 21-14, 21-13
3. Ellyson Lundberg/Katelyn Carballo (ASU) def. Lauren Page/Willow Johnson (ORE), 21-16, 21-7
4. Katie Cross/Cierra Flood (ASU) def. Maggie Scott/Ronika Stone (ORE), 21-13, 21-17
5. Samantha Plaster/Kate Baldwin (ASU) def. Kya Hanawahine/Marine Hall-Poirer (ORE), 21-16, 21-10
Order of finish: 4, 5, 3*, 1, 2

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