Saturday, 13 April 2024

NCAA Beach Volleyball

Beach Volleyball Posts Two Wins, Including No. 13 FIU

Beach Volleyball Posts Two Wins, Including No. 13 FIU

Fort Worth, Texas —  The University of Washington Beach Volleyball team picked up two more wins, including a ranked win against No. 13 Florida International. The Huskies came up short against No. 11 Arizona State 2-3, but bounced back to trounce Florida Gulf Coast University, winning four straight matches and winning the dual 4-1.


Florida International Dual

The Beach Dawgs posted their best start against a ranked team this season, as they won the first four matches against No. 13 Florida International.


Brooke Balue and Sarah Wilcock (No. 5) played a tightly contested first set. The duo went back and forth, facing a stalemate at 19 and 21 points before they lost the first set. The loss fueled the duo’s response, and they won the second set by 11 and the third set by six. 


Natalie Martin and Kierstyn Barton (No. 4) battled in a tightly contested three-set match that saw the Husky duo overcome a two-point deficit in the final set to win 15-13.


Kendall Mather and Scarlett Dahl (No. 3) defeated their competition in two quick sets, securing the dual win over the Panthers.


Zoey Henson and Maggy Rabitsch (No. 2) followed up yesterday’s fast start with another one again. The pair jumped out to an 18-10 lead in the first set before slamming the door shut 21-12. Henson and Rabitsch sealed the fourth win for the Huskies with a six-point victory in the second set.


Arizona State Dual

The Huskies battled in the second dual of the day, falling to Arizona State 3-2. The No. 4 and No. 5 pairs started the dual with a bang, winning the first two matches. The Beach Dawgs kept fighting as the No. 1 and No. 2 pairs dropped two close sets. Mather and Dahl (No. 3) forced a third set but ultimately fell 15-9.


Florida Gulf Coast Dual

For the third time today, the No. 4 and No. 5 pairs beat their opposition to open the dual, as the Huskies defeated FGCU 4-1. 


Balue and Wilcock (No. 5) won their first set by double digits and sealed the match with a seven-point victory to extend their winning streak to four. 


Barton and Martin (No. 4) locked in during the first set, going back and forth from the 21st point on until the pair slammed the door shut, winning 26-24. The duo also held off a late surge by the Eagles to win by three.


Henson and Rabitsch (No. 2) locked down the dual victory after a close second set where the pair fought multiple ties and match points to come out on top 23-21


Mather and Dahl came (No. 3) back…

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