Day Two Complete of the Inaugural AVCA Collegiate Sand Volleyball National Championships


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Pepperdine brings home the title in the inaugural AVCA Collegiate Sand Volleyball National Championships, All-Americans announced

Gulf Shores, AL (April 28, 2012) - The action was fast and furious as Long Beach State University, Pepperdine, Florida State University and the College of Charleston squared off in Gulf Shores, Alabama for the team portion of the first-ever AVCA Collegiate Sand Volleyball National Championships. Top overall seed Pepperdine was matched up against the College of Charleston, while Florida State would battle Long Beach State in the double-elimination 4-team tournament. In the end, Pepperdine would claim the title and the trophy, bringing home the school's 20th national championship and the first by a women's team. Nothing could be more appropriate for 2012, the year where we recognize the 40th anniversary of Title IX.

Pepperdine swept all five matches against College of Charleston in the opening round of the tournament, with only flight #3 going to a third set. They advanced to face the winner of the Florida State/Long Beach State matchup. Two of the top pairs in the tournament squared off in the first flight, with Long Beach State's duo of Roenicke and Ledoux knocking off the FSU pair of Teigs and Newgard in three sets (14-21, 21-16, 15-7). Long Beach State would go on to claim the flight, 3-2.

Pepperdine took on Long Beach State in the 2nd round, opening up a quick lead by sweeping the first three flights. With the win in hand, they forfeited flights 4 and 5 because they had already clinched the victory. The Pepperdine top pair of Racich and Ross won their matchup with Ledoux and Roenicke in dominating fashion, posting consecutive set wins of 21-14 and 21-12.

College of Charleston and Florida State matched up in an elimination match with both team's chances to continue competing for the championship on the line. FSU's top two pairs won their flights in convincing fashion, and College of Charleston's team of Zbojniewicz and Koehler were the only pair to pull of a win, though claiming it after FSU forfeited the match because they had already clinched the victory, 4-1. FSU advanced to face Long Beach State for a chance to play Pepperdine for the championship.

Long Beach State would claim the flight by winning in flights 3-5, enough to clinch the victory. The matchup of top flights Teigs/Newgard (FSU) and Ledoux/Roenicke(LBSU) was forfeited after the teams split the first 2 sets 16-21 and 21-17.
With the victory, Long Beach State moved on to the National Championship matchup with Pepperdine at 6 PM EST.

It was all Pepperdine in the championship matchup, as they claimed the inaugural trophy in convincing fashion. Pepperdine, coached by Nina Matthies, defeated Long Beach State University, coached by Brian Gimmillaro, 5-0. Pepperdine's top pair of Racich and Ross defeated their counterparts in Ledoux and Roenicke by a score of 21-15, 21-11. The LBSU pair of Johnson and Jackson put up a fight against Cook and Christiansen, but ultimately fell 16-21 and 20-22. Pepperdine made quick work of LBSU in flights 2-4, and none of the flights went to a third set. 

After the match, the inaugural class of Sand All-Americans were recognized. Pepperdine placed four players on the squad, while FSU had 3 players selected.

Aurora Newgard, FSU
Brittany Tiegs, FSU
Jekaterina Stepanova, FSU
Jane Croson, Hawaii
Caitlin Ledoux, LBSU
Tara Roenicke, LBSU
Caitlin Racich, Pepperdine
Summer Ross, Pepperdine
Lilla Frederick, Pepperdine
Kim Hill, Pepperdine

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