Defending AVCA Collegiate Sand Championship winner Pepperdine ruled the day at the USA Volleyball Collegiate Challenge at the Olympic Training Center in Chula Vista, Calif., in mid-March. The Waves dropped only two matches in the team competition against Florida State and won out with a 5-0 record against Nebraska. Cal State Bakersfield and Grand Canyon University also played in the tournament.
In the pairs competition, Lilla Frederick and Kim Hill, Pepperdine’s No. 1 squad, won the gold bracket in which all the No. 1 and 2 pairs vied for the top spot, defeating Florida State’s Jace Pardon and Marija Milosavljevic. In the silver bracket, where each school’s No. 3, 4, and 5 teams competed, Pepperdine’s Kelley Larsen and Kellie Woolever swept the other pairs, not dropping a set on their way to winning the final versus Mallory Kiley and Sarah Wickstrom of Florida State.
The tournament was the first official sand volleyball competition for Nebraska, who went 0-5 against Pepperdine and 1-4 versus Florida State in the team matchups, with the sole victory coming in the No. 1 match with Alexa Strange and Kelsey Robinson defeating Fatma Yildirim and Aurora Davis 19-21, 21-19, 15-7.
The NCAA sand season concludes May 3-5 at the second annual AVCA Collegiate Sand Championships in Gulf Shores, Ala.
Originally published in June 2013