Sand Volleyball
    Shaw-Urango, Fuller-Hagglund Tie For Third At USAV Beach Collegiate Challenge
    Natalie Hagglund
    Natalie Hagglund

    April 15, 2012

    The USC women's sand volleyball pairs teams of Sara Shaw-Geena Urango and Katie Fuller-Natalie Hagglund tied for third in the Gold Division of the pairs competition at the USAV Beach Collegiate Challenge in Hermosa Beach, Calif., on Sunday (April 15).

    Thirty-one pairs teams from USC, Pepperdine, Long Beach State, Hawaii, Loyola Marymount and Irvine Valley College participated in the single-elimination tourney, with the top 16-seeded teams playing in the Gold Division and the others in the Silver Division.

    Fuller-Hagglund lost in the semifinals to the tourney's eventual winner, Pepperdine's Caitlin Racich-Summer Ross, 22-20, 21-14. Earlier, Fuller-Hagglund beat Hawaii's Jane Croson-Ashley Lee in the first round, 21-17, 21-19, and then Loyola Marymount's Litara Keil-Betsi Metter in the quarterfinals, 21-17, 21-18.

    Shaw-Urango fell in the semis to Pepperdine's Lilla Frederick-Kim Hill, 21-18, 21-19, after earlier defeating Hawaii's Larissa Nordyke-Jade Vorster in the opening round, 21-10, 21-13, and Pepperdine's Kelley Larsen-Stevi Robinson in the quarters, 21-18, 17-21, 16-14.

    USC's other team in the Gold Division, Kirby Burnham-Kelly Irvin beat Hawaii's Emily Hartong-Elizabeth Stolzman in the first round, 21-17, 21-17, but fell in the quarters to Racich-Ross, 21-12, 21-10, to finish in a fifth place tie.

    In the Silver Division, USC's team of Kati Duddridge-Megan Thornberry advanced to the semifinals before losing to eventual Silver champion Tyler Jackson-Janisa Johnson of Long Beach State, 21-15, 21-17. Jackson-Johnson also beat USC's 2 other Silver teams on their way to the title: opening with a win over Erin Kaupp-Emily Young, 21-11, 21-9, and then Kendall Bateman-Eve Ettinger in the quarterfinals, 21-16, 18-21, 15-13.

    On Saturday (April 14), the Women of Troy went 2-2 in the USAV Beach College Challenge's team dual match competition, beating Hawaii and Loyola Marymount but falling in 3-2 matches to Pepperdine and Long Beach State.

    USAV Beach Collegiate Challenge--April 15, 2012

     

     

    Pairs Tournament

    Gold Division

    First Round

    Burnham-Irvin (USC 2) def. Hartong-Stolzman (UH 2) 21-17, 21-17

    Fuller-Hagglund (USC 3) def. Croson-Lee (UH 1) 21-17, 21-19

    Shaw-Urango (USC 1) def. Nordyke-Vorster (UH 3) 21-10, 21-13

    Quarterfinals

    Racich-Ross (PEP 1) def. Burnham-Irvin (USC 2) 21-12, 21-10

    Fuller-Hagglund (USC 3) def. Keil-Metter (LMU 1) 21-17, 21-18

    Shaw-Urango (USC 1) def. Larsen-Robinson (PEP 3) 21-18, 17-21, 16-14

    Semfinals

    Racich-Ross (PEP 1) def. Fuller-Hagglund (USC 3) 22-20, 21-14

    Frederick-Hill (PEP 2) def. Shaw-Urango (USC 1) 21-18, 21-19

    Silver Division

    First Round

    Bateman-Ettinger (USC 4) def. Cook-Moodie (IVC) 21-18, 21-17

    Jackson-Johnson (LBSU 5) def. Kaupp-Young (USC 6) 21-11, 21-9

    Duddridge-Thornberry (USC 5) def. Griffiths-Lelepali (UH 6) 20-22, 21-11, 15-13

    Consolation

    Cook-Moodie (IVC) def. Kaupp-Young (USC 6) 21-14, 21-16

    Quarterfinals

    Jackson-Johnson (LBSU 5) def. Ettinger-Bateman (USC 4) 21-16, 18-21, 15-13

    Duddridge-Thornberry (USC 5) def. Blake-Long (UH 4) 21-9, 21-17

    Semifinals

    Jackson-Johnson (LBSU 5) def. Duddridge-Thornberry (USC 5) 21-15, 21-17