Beach Volleyball Falls At No. 1 UCLA
No. 6 Long Beach State forced the second flight into a third set but came up short.
Los Angeles, Calif. - Anete Brinke and Sasha Karelov had another close match at No. 2 to highlight the day for No. 6 Long Beach State, but the Beach couldn’t keep up with No. 1 UCLA on the road Wednesday, falling 5-0.
Long Beach State (18-4) dropped the first round of matches, both in straight sets as UCLA (25-3) grabbed the early momentum. Izzy Carey and Megan Muret defeated Hannah Matt and Marisa Ramsey at No. 5, 21-12, 21-15, while Kristyna Adamcikova moved to play with Nicci Reinking at No. 4. The Bruins took a 21-16, 21-17 win in the flight however to open up the lead.
Anete Brinke and Sasha Karelov had three set points in the first set, but Lily Justine and Sarah Sponcil came back for a 25-23 win. The Beach bounced back with a 21-19 win in the second set, but Justine/Sponcil won the third set 15-12 to collect the win.
The third flight rounded out the day, as Megan Kruidhof and Zoi Konstantopoulou played for the second time and lost 21-14, 22-20 to Savvy Simo and Zana Muno despite showing better form in the second set.
Long Beach State will have just over a week to prepare for its next action, when the Beach will host nine matches at the LBSU Sand Courts over April 14 and 15. The action will start with an exhibition against Long Beach City at 8:30 a.m. on Saturday. LBSU will also play Utah and CSU Bakersfield on the 14th.
#1 UCLA 5, #6 Long Beach State 0
1) Megan McNamara/Nicole McNamara, UCLA def. Nele Barber/Rachel Nieto, LBSU 21-12, 21-14
2) Lily Justine/Sarah Sponcil, UCLA def. Anete Brinke/Sasha Karelov, LBSU 25-23, 19-21, 15-12
3) Savvy Simo/Zana Muno def. Megan Kruidhof/Zoi Konstantopoulou, LBSU 21-14, 22-20
4) Mac May/Elise Zappia, UCLA def. Kristyna Adamcikova/Nicci Reinking, LBSU 21-16, 21-17
5) Izzy Carey/Megan Muret, UCLA def. Hannah Matt/Marisa Ramsey, LBSU 21-12, 21-15
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