Four pairs—two each from Pepperdine and Florida State—went undefeated in pool play during the first day of the collegiate sand volleyball championships in Gulf Shores, Alabama.
|Pepperdine's Caitlin Racich and Summer Ross face USC's Kirby Burnham and Kelly Irvin during pool play of the 2012 AVCA Collegiate Sand Volleyball Championships in Gulf Shores, Alabama|
-photo courtesy Pepperdine Sports Information
As expected, Pepperdine’s top pair of Summer Ross and Caitlin Racich dominated its four-team pool, which included USC’s Kirby Burnham and Kelly Irvin.
The co-favorite, Florida State’s Aurora Newgard and Brittany Tiegs, had a tougher road to its 3-0 pool play record. The Seminoles pair lost the second set 30-28 to Hawai’i’s Jane Croson and Ashley Lee, and trailed 13-9 in the third. But Newgard/Tiegs staged a comeback for the ages, pulling out a 16-14 victory.
Croson and Summers were teammates when they won the FIVB Youth World Championship in 2010.
Also today, Pepperdine’s #2 pair, Lilla Frederick and Kim Hill, upset the #1 pair from Long Beach State, Caitlin Ledoux and Tara Roenicke, to win its pool. And FSU’s #2 pair of Jace Pardon and Jekaterina Stepanova upset USC’s #1 pair Geena Urango and Sara Shaw to sweep its pool.
On Saturday, Pepperdine will face College of Charleston and Florida State will square off against Long Beach State in the semifinals of the team competition. Winners advance to Saturday afternoon’s team championship.
The pairs single-elimination finals take place Sunday, with the 16 teams seeded, based on their records today.
The best source of live results we’ve found so far is Pepperdine’s twitter feed, @PepperdineWVB.