April 29, 2012
Gulf Shores, Ala. - Long Beach State's top team of Caitlin Ledoux and Tara Roenicke nearly pulled off a stunning upset of Caitlin Racich and Summer Ross of Pepperdine, but came up just short in a 14-21, 21-15, 16-14 three-set loss in the inaugural sand volleyball pairs national championship.
Roenicke and Ledoux reached the finals after defeating both of Florida State's top teams, defeating Newgard and Tiegs 21-17, 21-14 before defeating Stepanova and Pardon 21-19, 17-21, 15-18 in the semifinals.
The pair then got off to a hot start in the championship match, taking down Racich and Ross 21-14 in the first set, but the Waves evened the match with a 21-15 win in the second.
Ledoux and Roenicke fell behind 8-6 in the final set, but battled back to tie the score at 8-8, and then pushed out to a 14-11 lead. After the side switch, however, the Waves recovered, scoring five straight points to finish out the match and hand the 49ers the loss in the finals.
Long Beach State's other pair, Chelsea Cabrajac and Haleigh Hampton, opened up the day with a win in the round of 16 against Hartong and Stoltzman of Hawaii, but lost in the quarterfinals to Pepperdine's Lilla Frederick and Kim Hill 21-11, 21-16.
The 49ers also finished behind Pepperdine in the team finals, falling to the Waves after advancing past every other team in the nation.
Round of 16
Ledoux/Roenicke (LBSU) def. Melville/Bassett (STET)21-11, 21-12
Cabrajac/Hampton (LBSU) def. Hartong/Stoltzman (UH) 22-20, 21-15
Frederick/Hill (PEP) def. Cabrajac/Hampton (LBSU) 21-11, 21-16
Ledoux/Roenicke (LBSU) def. Newgard/Tiegs (FSU) 21-17, 21-14
Ledoux/Roenicke (LBSU) def. Stepanova/Pardon (FSU) 21-19, 17-21, 15-8
Racich/Ross (PEP) def. Ledoux/Roenicke (LBSU) 14-21, 21-15, 16-14
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