Julia Oswald and Rachel Rosequist Earn AVCA National Pair of the Week

Julia Oswald and Rachel Rosequist Earn AVCA National Pair of the Week

LEXINGTON, Ky. – For the first time in program history, University of Tampa beach volleyball student-athletes, Julia Oswald and Rachel Rosequistearn AVCA national pair of the week honors. Not only are Oswald and Rosequist the first two Tampa players to ever receive this honor, but they are also the first two players from an NCAA Division II institution to receive this recognition on the 2019 season. Oswald and Rosequist are the second NCAA Division II pair to ever receive this honor. 

Oswald and Rosequist earn this recognition after helping the University of Tampa beach volleyball program win the AVCA Small College Beach Championships. The two competed all weekend at the ones position for UT, where they went undefeated with a perfect 7-0 record. In fact, as a team, they did not drop a single match in all seven duals. Oswald and Rosequist won every set they played in a truly dominating fashion. Their combined point differential in the semifinals against Spring Hill and championship against Texas A&M Kingsville was +24.
This is the program's first AVCA/CollegeBeachVB.com Pair of the Week award, and the second NCAA Division II school to take home the honor (Eckerd was the other).

Pairs Record: 16-6
Team Record: 20-10
Current AVCA Ranking: RV
Head Coach: Jeff Lamm

WEEK RECAP

April 21: def. Tenley Housler/Whitney Walker: 21-16, 21-15 (Texas A&M Kingsville)
April 21: def. Payton Gidney/Kassandra Fairly: 21-17, 21-12 (Spring Hill)
April 20: def. Portia Valadez/Katie Scherr, 21-17, 21-13 (Colorado Mesa)
April 20: def. Summer Coulter/Abby Struewing: 21-7, 21-11 (Carson-Newman) 
April 20: def. Amber Lake/Nina Vattovaz: 21-10, 21-12 (Saint Leo)
April 19: Haley Davis/Melissa Mazur: 21-17, did not complete (Tusculum)
April 19: def Sophia Hathaway/Hayden Warner: 21-19, 21-18 (Principia)

   2019 AVCA/COLLEGEBEACHVB.COM PAIR OF THE WEEK

April 23

Julia Oswald + Rachel Rosequist

Tampa

April 16

Emily Maglio + Amy Ozee

Hawai'i

April 9

Margherita Bianchin + Federica Frasca

FIU

April 2

Megan McNamara + Nicole McNamara

UCLA

March 26

Alaina Chacon + Madison Fitzpatrick

Florida State

March 19

Carly Perales + Sunniva Helland-Hansen

Stetson

March 12

Abril Bustamante + Tina Graudina

Southern Calif.

March 5

Lily Justine + Sarah Sponcil

UCLA

February 26

Claire Coppola + Kristen Nuss

LSU

 

Read AVCA Release HERE

May 8-11, the duo will continue to showcase their skillset, competing at the USA Volleyball Collegiate Beach Championships in Hermosa Beach, California. The Collegiate Beach Championships give women's and men's collegiate beach volleyball pairs a chance to shine and go head-to-head against other top collegiate pairs. The championship event gets top athletes in the national team pipeline and teams that medal at the event will be invited to train with the USAV Collegiate Beach National Team. 

Both only freshmen, Oswald and Rosequist have an incredibly bright future ahead of them at the University of Tampa.