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Bruins Drop an Epic Dual to Florida State, 3-2

May 8, 2022
Marlie Monserez and the UCLA Bruins dropped a heart-breaker to Florida State on Sunday.

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GULF SHORES, Ala. -- No. 2[3] UCLA (34-9) saw its season come to an end on Sunday afternoon in the contender's bracket final of the 2022 NCAA Beach Volleyball Championship, 3-2, to No. 4 [5] Florida State (33-10) at Gulf Beach Place. A total of 10 of the 13 sets played between the Bruins and the Seminoles were decided by the minimum of two points.

UCLA fell to 12-8 all-time against the Seminoles. With the win, FSU snapped an eight-match losing streak to the Bruins. The 34 wins by the Bruins in 2022 are the third-most in program history.

UCLA took a 1-0 lead when Jaden Whitmarsh and Devon Newberry (28-7) defeated FSU's Alaina Chacon and Madison Fitzpatrick on court two, 25-23, 19-21, 16-14.

FSU tied the dual at 1-1 when Morgan Chacon and Jordan Polo outlasted Marlie Monserez and Rileigh Powers (10-5) on court four, 19-21, 25-23, 16-14.

UCLA's Lea Monkhouse and Jessie Smith (14-4) put the Bruins back in front at 2-1 with a 21-19, 21-19, win on court three over Kate Privett and Anna Long.

FSU tied the dual at 2-2 after Raelyn White and Caitlin Moon defeated UCLA's freshman duo of Sophie Moore and Natalie Myszkoski (28-7), 21-15, 21-18, on court five.

It all came down to a third set on court one where Maddie Anderson and Brook Bauer clinched the dual win for the Seminoles with a 21-16, 21-23, 15-13, win over Lexy Denaburg and Abby Van Winkle (26-10).

No. 4 Florida State def. No. 2 UCLA, 3-2
Gulf Place Beach • Gulf Shores, Ala.
Sunday, May 8, 2022 • 9:30 AM PT
Records: UCLA (34-9), FSU (33-10)
1. Tina Graudina/Hailey Harward (USC) def. Lexy Denaburg/Abby Van Winkle (UCLA) 21-16, 21-13
2. Megan Kraft/Sammy Slater (USC) def. Jaden Whitmarsh/Devon Newberry (UCLA) 21-13, 21-18
3. Lea Monkhouse/Jessie Smith (UCLA) vs. Delaynie Maple/Julia Scoles (USC) 14-21, 19-18, truncated
4. Audrey Nourse/Nicole Nourse (USC) def. Marlie Monserez/Rileigh Powers (UCLA) 21-17, 21-13
5. Natalie Myszkowski/Sophie Moore (UCLA) vs. Mollie Ebertin/Sunny Villapando (USC) 18-21, 13-12, truncated
Order of finish: 2, 4, 3, 5, 1*