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Pepperdine Splits on Opening Day of NCAA Beach Nationals

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GULF SHORES, Ala. – The Pepperdine beach volleyball team split the two matches in the opening round of the first-ever NCAA Championship this Friday afternoon at the Gulf ShoresPublic Beach, first defeating No. 6-seed Arizona 3-1 before falling 3-0 to No. 2-seed USC.

The Waves will begin the elimination bracket tomorrow at noon (PT) with the first match of the day to be played against No. 4 UCLA. 

The Waves excelled in the first match of the tournament, downing sixth-seeded Arizona 3-1 to advance to the second round of the tournament against second-seeded USC later in the day.  Pepperdine then fought hard against the Trojans but eventually dropped the match 3-0.

To open the winning ways for Pepperdine against Arizona sophomore Corinne Quiggle (Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla./Ponte Vedra HS) and freshman Skylar Caputo (Manhattan Beach, Calif./Mira Costa HS) represented the Waves in the number three position.  The pair downed Olivia MacDonald and Samantha Manley with a 21-18, 21-15 final mark. 

Then, freshmen pair Madalyn Roh (Scottsdale, Ariz./Chaparral HS) and Anika Wilson (Santa Barbara, Calif./San Marcos HS) downed Mia mason and Kalei Mav on court four with a pair of 21-15 sets to pull the Waves ahead by a 2-0 margin, before the Wildcats took a two-set victory on court two to put the score to 2-1.

Senior Samantha Cash (San Diego, Calif./Canyon Crest Academy) and junior Sarah Seiber (Rancho Santa Fe, Calif./Cathedral Catholic HS/Arizona) clinched the set for the Waves with an 18-21, 21-12 and 15-9 final decision to advance Pepperdine to the second round of play against second-seeded USC.

Despite a strong effort, the Waves were downed on court three, five and one to close out the day and send Pepperdine into the elimination bracket for the rest of the tournament.

Next, the Waves will take on fourth-ranked UCLA at noon (PT) tomorrow (Saturday, May 7) on day two of the NCAA Championship.  Follow @WavesBeachVB for updates and check on PepperdineSports.com for full results, recaps and more!

DUAL 23 | #3 PEPPERDINE 3. #6 ARIZONA 1
NCAA CHAMPIONSHIP | FIRST ROUND
GULF SHORES PUBLIC BEACH | GULF SHORES, ALA. | MAY 6, 2016
No. 1: Heidi Dyer/Taylor Racich (PEP) vs. Madison Witt/McKenna Witt (AZ) – 21-18, 16-21 7-6, uf
No. 2: Jianna Bonomi/Katarina Schultz (AZ) def. Katie Bailey/Delaney Knudsen (PEP) – 16-21, 19-21
No. 3: Skyler Caputo/Corinne Quiggle (PEP) def. Olivia MacDonald/Samantha Manley (AZ) – 21-18, 21-15
No. 4: Maddy Roh/Anika Wilson (PEP) def. Mia Mason/Kalei Mav (AZ) – 21-15, 21-15
No. 5: Samantha Cash/Sarah Seiber (PEP) def. Hailey Devlin/MacKenzie Kleespies (AZ) – 18-21, 21-12, 15-9
Order of Finish: 3, 4, 2, 5

DUAL 24 | #3 PEPPERDINE 0. #2 USC 3
NCAA CHAMPIONSHIP | SECOND ROUND – WINNERS BRACKET
GULF SHORES PUBLIC BEACH | GULF SHORES, ALA. | MAY 6, 2016
No. 1: Kelly Claes/Sara Hughes (USF) def. Heidi Dyer/Taylor Racich (PEP) – 21-12, 21-13
No. 2: Katie Bailey/Delaney Knudsen (PEP) vs. Sophie Bukovec/Alexa Strange (USC) – 13-21, 9-12, uf
No. 3: Nicolette Martin/Allie Wheeler (USC) def. Skyler Caputo/Corinne Quiggle (PEP) – 21-17, 21-19
No. 4: Maddy Roh/Anika Wilson (PEP) vs. Jenna Belton/Abril Bustamante (USC) – 21-17, 14-11, uf
No. 5: Jo Kremer/Zoe Nightingale (USC) def. Samantha Cash/Sarah Seiber (PEP) – 21-19, 21-17
Order of Finish: 3, 5, 1