WCC Beach Volleyball Day One Recap


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SANTA MONICA, CALIF. - Day one of the WCC Beach Volleyball Championship is in the books, and four teams have earned their places in the final day of competition at Ocean Park Beach in Santa Monica, Calif.! Top-seeded Pepperdine, No. 2 Saint Mary's, No. 3 Loyola Marymount and No. 6 Santa Clara all advanced with a mixture of team sweeps and close games that went down to the final set.

First serve tomorrow between No.1 Pepperdine and No.3 Santa Clara will kick off starting at 9 a.m. Read about how the four remaining teams made it to the final day of competition at Ocean Park Beach.

No. 1 Pepperdine (1-0)

It was a relatively short day for the top-seeded Waves as they swept No. 4 Pacific in their lone match of the day. The Waves dominated from the start, with four of their five matches lasting just two sets. The most exciting match for the nationally-ranked team came when the top pair of Delaney Knudsen and Maddy Roh bested Pacific's top pair of Lexi Elman and Andie Shelton in three sets (21-14, 19-21, 15-12).

No. 3 Loyola Marymount (2-0)

The Lions flexed their muscles early by sweeping No. 6 Santa Clara in the first match of the day. LMU then avenged an early season loss to No. 2 Saint Mary's by defeating the Gaels 3-2 to move on to the second day. The #5 pair of Kristen Castellanos and Erin Williams were the most impressive duo of this match as they took down their Gaels opponents 21-8 and 21-11.

No. 2 Saint Mary's (2-1)

The Gaels got off to a smoking hot start by sweeping No. 7 San Francisco with each game going two sets. Next, the Gaels had a great battle with No. 3 Loyola Marymount but dropped that matchup, 3-2. Facing elimination in their third match of the day, the Gaels continue on after defeating No.. 5 Portland. The Gaels were lead by their top pair of Lindsey Knudsen and Payton Rund and their second-pair Sarah Chase and Emily Bible as they both won all three of their matches on the day.

No. 6 Santa Clara (2-1)

It was a long day for the Broncos, but they showed grit and determination and earned the day's biggest upset to move on to the final day of competition. No. 6 Santa Clara opened with a loss to No. 3 LMU but quickly recovered and defeated rival No. 7 San Francisco, 3-2, in an elimination match. A second elimination match of the day saw Santa Clara face No. 4 Pacific, and the Broncos nudged out a 3-2 victory. Coming into the day, The Broncos are peaking at the right time, doubling their season win total after entering the championships with one victory on the season.


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