Engle and Jennings just miss semifinals at Collegiate Beach Volleyball Championships
SAN DIEGO -- The University of Texas' beach volleyball pair of freshman Ashley Engle and junior Alyson Jennings played their way to a three-way tie in pool play at the POWERade Collegiate Beach Nationals, but a tiebreaker prevented the duo from advancing to the championship semifinals.
Engle and Jennings knocked off eventual champion Nebraska and Minnesota in pool play, but a loss to Cal Poly and percentage lower sets-won ratio kept the Horns' out of the semifinals. Texas, Nebraska and Cal Poly each posted a 2-1 record in pool play, with the Mustangs posting a 2.500 sets-won ratio, while the Cornhuskers registered a 1.667 ratio and Texas finished with a 1.333 ratio.
The fifth-seeded Longhorns' tandem breezed past fourth-seeded Minnesota in its first match of the day, downing the Gophers, 15-7 and 15-11 in only 21 minutes of play. Engle and Jennings followed that victory with a 3-1 victory over top-seeded Nebraska, dropping the Huskers, 15-13, 16-18, 23-21.
Texas was tripped up in its final match of pool play, falling to eighth-seeded Cal Poly in two games. The Horns played an epic first game with the Mustangs, playing the longest game of the tournament, but fell 27-25, before dropping the second game 15-13.
The top two teams from each pool advanced to the championship semifinals, where Stanford squared off with Cal Poly and Nebraska met San Diego. The Huskers' pair of Sarah Pavan and Jordan Larson and the Cardinal's duo of Cynthia Barboza and Bryn Kehoe advanced to the finals, where they battled for three games, before Nebraska emerged with a 19-21, 23-23, 18-16 victory.
CSTV, in partnership with the AVCA, hosted the POWERade Collegiate Beach Volleyball Championships, featuring the nation's top women's collegiate volleyball players, as part of the second annual CSTV Collegiate Nationals. The beach volleyball championships played at Crown Point Park, Mission Bay in San Diego will air on CSTV as part of the Collegiate Nationals programming beginning Saturday, May 12 at 8 p.m., with three consecutive shows scheduled for Friday, May 18-Sunday, May 20 at 8 p.m. The broadcasts will feature from AVP all-star and Olympic bronze medalist Holly McPeak and play-by-play voice Chris McGee.
The championship featured eight, two-person teams selected from the nation's top volleyball programs. The complete list of teams and players are listed below:
#1 Nebraska - Sarah Pavan / Jordan Larson