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SAN BRUNO, Calif. - Starting on Friday, April 21, the West Coast Conference hosts its second Beach Volleyball Championship at Ocean Park Beach. The two-day event begins at 9:00 a.m. PDT on Friday with eight matches and continues Saturday with the first serve being set for 9:00 a.m. Preseason favorite No. 2 Pepperdine looks to continue its journey to the NCAA tournament by trying to win its second straight WCC championship.
HISTORICAL WAVES: Pepperdine has had a nation-best 16 AVCA All-Americans, including 2016 All-Americans Heidi Dyer and Taylor Racich. The Waves were one of the eight teams to participate in the first-ever NCAA championship and reached the second day of the tournament. Pepperdine is currently ranked 2nd in the nation and has a 21-3 record.
TAKING DOWN THE BEST: Saint Mary's Lindsey Knudsen and Payton Rund pulled off the huge upset by defeating #1 USC's top pair of Kelly Claes and Sarah Hughes. The All-American pair had a 103-match winning streak going into the game before being taken down by the Gaels top pair. Knudsen and Rund went down in the first set before coming back to win the last two sets 21-18 and 17-15 respectively.
QUICK HITS: Saint Mary's has a team record of 8-0 against WCC opponents... Pepperdine head coach, Nina Matthies, has built quite the program at Pepperdine. The AVCA hall of famer has been the beach coach since the sport became a NCAA-sanctioned sport in 2011 and has turned Pepperdine into a national powerhouse, winning the NCAA championship in 2012 and 2014... LMU has had two wins against top-25 teams beating #15 Arizona State and #20 Cal Poly.
NCAA: This is only the second season in which Beach Volleyball is a NCAA-sanctioned sport after completing its inaugural season a year ago. The NCAA championship will be held once again in Gulf Shores, Alabama from May 5th-7th.
SOCIAL MEDIA: The official hashtag of West Coast Conference Championships is #WCCchamps. Join the conversation now!