Spartans Remain Undefeated at the AVCA Small College Beach Championships

Spartans Remain Undefeated at the AVCA Small College Beach Championships

TAVARES, Fla. – The University of Tampa beach volleyball team went a perfect 3-0 on the first day of the AVCA Small College Beach Championships. Due to the team's stellar performance, they have punched a ticket to the semifinals, tomorrow at 10:00 a.m. against Eckerd College.

In the team's first dual of the day, the Spartans swept SSC rival Florida Southern. This marked the third meeting with the Moccasins this season, UT now leading the all-time series 2-1.


The Spartans then faced the Lincoln Memorial University Railsplitters for their second match of the day at 1:00 p.m. UT won this dual 4-1. This was the second meeting for the Spartans and the Railsplitters, and last time the two schools met, Tampa swept them.

Finally, to remain undefeated on the day, UT took down the Saint Leo Lions 4-1 in the final dual of the day. Tampa now leads the all-time series with Saint Leo 3-0.

DUAL 1

INSIDE THE MATCHUP:
Final:
 Tampa Spartans 5, Florida Southern Moccasins 0
Records: Tampa (10-8), Florida Southern (4-14)
Location: AVCA Small College Beach Championships | Hickory Point Beach | Tavares, Fla.

Time: 11:00 a.m.
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MATCH RESULTS:

1. Melissa Elias / Sorrel Houghton (UT) def. Allie Geary/Anna Tovo (FSC) 21-17, 21-19

2. Gabbi Pacatte / Katie McKiel (UT) def. Sydney Marshall/Makena Wilson (FSC) 23-25, 21-16, 15-11

3. Leigh Buttner / Nicole Dominguez (UT) def. Lauren Kenny/Nicole Mattson (FSC) 21-18, 21-13

4. Nylah Demps / Taylor George (UT) def. Gabby Fresh/Kayla Trefren (FSC) 21-18, 21-18

5. Alexandra Misca / Sarah Moore (UT) def. Courtney Charneco/Katie Bergeron (FSC) 15-21, 21-18, 15-11


DUAL 2

INSIDE THE MATCHUP:
Final:
 Tampa Spartans 4, Lincoln Memorial Railsplitters 1
Records: Tampa (11-8), Lincoln Memorial (5-9)
Location: AVCA Small College Beach Championships | Hickory Point Beach |Tavares, Fla.

Time: 1:00 p.m.
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MATCH RESULTS:

1. Sorrel Houghton / Melissa Elias (UT) def. Abby Cash/Lindsey Nartker (LMU) 21-18, 21-11

2. Danielle Ged/Hailey Lake (LMU) def. Katie McKiel / Gabbi Pacatte (UT) 21-12, 21-11

3. Nicole Dominguez / Leigh Buttner (UT) def. Rylee Storms/Erica Whiteaker (LMU) 21-18, 21-16

4. Nylah Demps / Taylor George (UT) def. Danielle Stachura/Kai Wesemann (LMU) 21-15, 21-17

5. Alexandra Misca / Sarah Moore (UT) def. Sarah Jones/Kayla Kidney (LMU) 21-16, 21-15 


DUAL 3

INSIDE THE MATCHUP:
Final:
 Tampa Spartans 4, Saint Leo Lions 1
Records: Tampa (12-8), Saint Leo (3-10)
Location: AVCA Small College Beach Championships | Hickory Point Beach | Tavares, Fla.

Time: 4:00 p.m.
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MATCH RESULTS:

1. Anna Garrett/Jenya Kruglova (SLBVB) def. Melissa Elias / Sorrel Houghton (UT) 25-23, 15-21, 15-8


2. Gabbi Pacatte / Katie McKiel (UT) def. Jamee Townsend/Brooke Turner (SLBVB) 21-23, 21-11, 15-5

3. Leigh Buttner / Nicole Dominguez (UT) def. Reggie Van Devender/Nina Vattovaz (SLBVB) 21-17, 21-15

4. Nylah Demps / Taylor George (UT) def. Paloma Da Silva/Britt Sederholm (SLBVB) 21-14, 17-21, 15-7

5. Alexandra Misca / Sarah Moore (UT) def. Allie Daul/Annabella Arcari (SLBVB) 21-14, 21-16

  

UP NEXT:
Tampa will face the Eckerd College Tritons in the semifinals of the AVCA Small College Championship. The dual will begin at 10:00 a.m. on Sunday, April 8th. If the Spartans win against Eckerd, they will then go on to play the winner of the Texas A&M Kingsville Javelinas vs. the Spring Hill Badgers in the Championship match at 1:00 p.m.


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