LMU's Day and Hughes Capture 2010 College Beach Volleyball Championship

5/2/2010

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Heather Hughes may spend most of her days training with the US national team indoors, so it took a note from her teacher, er coach, Hugh McCutcheon to join former Loyola Marymount teammate Emily Day for the 2010 College Beach Volleyball Championship, the fifth College Beach Volleyball Championship event in Alt Games history.

Its good thing she did - the duo won, beating out 11 other squads from eight different conferences for the crown in a double-elimination round-robin competition.

"It was so much fun [playing together again]," Day said. "We definitely feed off of each other."

But the journey wasn't so easy for the Day and Hughes, who as a junior and sophomore in college respectively, made history on the AVP Tour in 2007 as the lowest-seeded team to ever qualify for a main AVP event.

Hughes and Day snuck past Concordia (15-7, 16-14) first before facing a feisty Delaware team, who they took three sets to beat (15-10, 13-15, 15-3) on Saturday. Up next for the dynamic duo was Webber International, a school that made sand volleyball a varsity sport last year -- a movement that may soon be followed by NCAA schools, who approved sand volleyball as an emerging sport earlier this year. But even the trend-setting program, couldn't stop Hughes and Day who won in two sets (21-9, 21-8).

In the finals, the LMU squad faced Delaware (21-16, 21-19), which battled through the ‘Contender's' bracket for another chance at the eventual champs.

Delaware played them close again, nearly forcing a third set. But it wasn't enough to stop Day and Hughes.

"Everyone improved so much over the weekend," Day said. "It was definitely tough."

As for whether they'll be playing sand volleyball again soon, Day said that's all up to Hughes' schedule.

"I hope so!," Day said. "It's all up to her coach though."

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