UCLA Beach Volleyball Wins Second-Straight NCAA Title


By Wendy Soderburg '82

Published May 6, 2019 1:13 PM

Coming back with memories and a tan is nice, but an NCAA title is even better.

Photo by Jamie Schwaberow/ NCAA Photo via Getty Images

On May 5, UCLA’s beach volleyball team won its second consecutive NCAA title, beating No. 1-ranked USC in three straight sets at Gulf Shores Public Beach, Alabama.

After a 35-3 season in which their only losses were against the Trojans, the second-ranked Bruins were more than ready to take on their crosstown rivals in the championship match. UCLA had run undefeated through the NCAA beach volleyball tournament, beating Hawaii, Florida State and LSU, while an unexpected loss for the Trojans in the first round forced them to work their way through the losers’ bracket.

Both teams met up in the championship match, however, and the Bruins came out fighting. Juniors Madi Yeomans and Savvy Simo beat USC’s Joy Dennis and Maja Kaiser, 21-16, 21-19, on court 4, while senior Izzy Carey and freshman Lindsey Sparks defeated Cammie Dorn and Mollie Ebertin, 21-16, 21-15, on court 5.

That meant that the Bruins needed only one more victory to clinch the title, which they got when senior Zana Muno and freshman Abby Van Winkle took down USC’s Haley Hallgren and Alexandra Poletto, 22-20, 21-13, on court 3.

The title is UCLA’s first this academic year, bringing its overall total of national championships to 117. See the full story here.



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