The women’s bracket is guaranteed to see a Seminole pair in the finals, as Tory Paranagua and Vanessa Freire are set to take on Hailey Luke and Katie Horton in the semifinals. The match will take place Saturday, May 12 at 12 pm EST.
Luke/Horton advanced to the semifinal after a pair of three-set victories on Friday, taking down Tulane’s McHugh/Mertz and Pepperdine’s Roh/Bauer. The pair earned the No. 3 seed in the playoff bracket, behind No. 1 Van Winden/Sonny from Cal Poly and No. 2 Freire/Paranagua.
FSU’s senior duo of Freire/Paranagua earned a pair of straight-set wins over South Carolina’s Bates/Smith and seventh-seeded Turner/Towne from GCU in the first half of the playoff bracket to advance to the semifinal.
Jerger/Putt started off the playoff bracket with a straight-set win over Georgia State’s Creamer/Weiner in the first round, and followed it with a big win over fourth-seeded Kinlaw/Morris from FAU. The pair was eliminated from the bracket with a loss to LSU’s Coppola/Nuss to send the CCSA Pair of the Year to the semifinals.
On the men’s side, Justice/Wienckowski advanced to Saturday’s championship match with a pair of straight-set wins. The fourth-seeded pair defeated UC Irvine’s Friedman/Chakravorti and went on to take down top-seeded Mullahey/Yoshimoto from Hawaii.
The pairs are competing for a chance to represent the United States at the 2018 FISU World University Championship.
The women’s semifinals can be streamed online, while the finals will be televised on NBCSN from 4-6 p.m. ET on May 12. The men’s final will air on the Olympic Channel from 7:30-8:30 pm ET.
The Bridgestone USA Volleyball Collegiate Beach Championships is part of the 2018 Team USA Summer Champions Series, presented by Xfinity. The Champions Series showcases numerous Olympic sports throughout the season, highlighting the year-round quest of Team USA athletes to compete at the Olympic Games.
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