HERMOSA BEACH, Calif. – After day one of the USA Volleyball Collegiate Beach Championship in Hermosa Beach, Calif. the Florida State pairs of graduate senior Leigh Andrew and Sophomore Brooke Kuhlman along with juniors Victoria Paranagua and Vanessa Freire both finished 1-1 during pool play.
The USA Volleyball Collegiate Pairs Championship field consists of 24 women’s pairs and eight men’s pairs, playing for a title which will earn them a spot on a USA Volleyball collegiate beach national team.
Andrew and Kuhlman started their day with a match against Long Beach State’s duo of Rachel Nieto and Kobi Pekich. The Noles pair did not fare so well as the 49ers were able to take them down in the third set. Andrew and Kuhlman were able to capture the first set, 21-19, but lost the final two, 21-18, 15-8.
In their second match of pool play in Pool D, Andrew and Kuhlman were able to cruise past Southern California’s pair of Terese Cannon and Nicolette Martin, who were fresh off a national championship win against Pepperdine a week ago. The Seminole Duo was able to take down the Trojan pair in straight sets 26-24, 21-10.
Paranagua and Freire were able to win their first match of the day as they beat South Carolina’s Katie Zimmerman and Macie Tendrich. Paranagua and Freire lost the first set, 21-11, but were able to turn things around and take the last two sets, 21-16, 15-10,
In their second match of the day Paranagua and Freire took on LSU’s Claire Coppola and Kristen Nuss. The Tiger duo defeated the Seminoles pair in straight sets, 21-18, 22-20.
At the conclusion of pool play on Friday, the top two pairs of each of the six pools will advance to single elimination, and the highest four of the third-place pool finishers, based on their point ratio will move on to single elimination as well.