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No. 2 UCLA Advances in NCAA Championship

May 4, 2022
Devon Newberry (13) and Jaden Whitmarsh (10) clinched the Bruins' win on court two against Stetson.

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GULF SHORES, Ala. -- No. 2 UCLA (32-7) advanced to the double-elimination bracket of the 2022 NCAA Beach Volleyball Championship after defeating No. 18 Stetson (23-17), 3-2, on Wednesday afternoon in a single-elimination dual at Gulf Beach Place. UCLA improved to 4-0 all-time against the Hatters.

UCLA's Lea Monkhouse and Jessie Smith put the Bruins up 1-0 with a 21-14, 21-13 win on court three over Stetson's Gabriella Bramante and .Lauren Della.

The Bruins quickly went up 2-0 when Lexy Denaburg and Abby Van Winkle defeated the Hatters' Shae Henson and Kylie Neuschaeferova, 21-17, 21-14.

The Hatters got on the board when Noelle Weintraub and Karin Zolnercikova defeated UCLA's freshman pair of Natalie Myszkowski and Sophie Moore on court five, 21-18, 21-17.

Stetson tied the dual at 2-2 when Audrey Gauthier and Colene Hamilton defeated the Bruins' Rileigh Powers and Marlie Monserez in two tight sets, 23-21, 21-19.

It all came down to court two where Stetson's Anete Namike and Carolina Ferraris took the first set off of UCLA's Jaden Whitmarsh and Devon Newberry, 21-19. The Bruins responded to take the second set, 21-16, to force a winner-take-all third set. It was tied at 10s, 11s, and 12s, until the UCLA duo won a natural point after a sideout to lead 14-12. After a sideout by Stetson, they switched it up and served Newberry on match point and after a great pass and then perfect set by Whitmarsh, Newberry pounded the sand for a thumping kill that sent the Bruins into the double-elimination bracket.

UCLA will face No. 6 LSU on Friday, May 6 at 12:00 p.m. CT/10:00 a.m. PT at Gulf Beach Place on ESPNU.

No. 2 UCLA def. No. 18 Stetson, 3-2
Gulf Place Beach • Gulf Shores, Ala.
Wednesday, May 4, 2022 • 2:00 PM PT
Records: UCLA (32-7), STET (23-17)
1. Lexy Denaburg/Abby Van Winkle (UCLA) def. Shae Henson/Kylie Neuschaeferova (STET) 21-17, 21-14
2. Jaden Whitmarsh/Devon Newberry (UCLA) def. Anete Namike/Carolina Ferraris (STET) 19-21, 21-16, 15-13
3. Lea Monkhouse/Jessie Smith (UCLA) def. Gabriella Bramante and .Lauren Della (STET) 21-14, 21-13
4. Audrey Gauthier/Colene Hamilton (STET) def. Marlie Monserez/Rileigh Powers (UCLA) 23-21, 21-19
5. Noelle Weintraub/Karin Zolnercikova (STET) def. Natalie Myszkowski/Sophie Moore (UCLA) 21-18, 21-17
Order of finish: 3, 1, 5, 4, 2*