By Cindy Luis
Pepperdine def. Long Beach State for team title
this From UH:
University of Hawaii freshman Jane Croson earning a spot on the team inaugural AVCA sand volleyball All-America team . Croson was one of just 10 players and among three freshman selected to inaugural team.
The All-America team was selected by coaches in attendance at the AVCA National Championship and announced following Saturday’s championship of the team competition, won by Pepperdine. The Waves placed four players on the squad, while Florida State had three players selected. National runner-up Long Beach State placed two players.
Croson has tallied more than 20 wins this season with the majority of her matches at the No. 1 flight with partner Ashley Lee. The pair went 17-5 in the regular-season and earlier this year captured the gold division of the North Florida Tournament, emerging from a total of 35 pairs.
Croson and Lee, along with the duo Emily Hartong and Elizabeth Stoltzman will continue play in the pairs competition of the AVCA National Championship on Sunday. Croson-Lee garnered the No. 7 seed and will face No. 10 seed Sara Shaw and Geena Urango of USC in the round of 16 of Sunday’s single-elimination tournament. Stotlzman-Hartong earned the No. 8 seed for will take on No. 9 Haleigh Hampton and Chelsea Cabrajac of Long Beach State.
Sunday’s action starts at 3 a.m. HST with quarterfinals scheduled for 4 a.m. Both semifinals and the championship match will be held on center court, beginning at 5 a.m.
2012 Sand Volleyball All-Americans
Jane Croson, Hawai`i
Lilla Frederick, Pepperdine
Kim Hill, Pepperdine
Caitlin Ledoux, Long Beach State
Aurora Newgard, Florida State
Caitlin Racich, Pepperdine
Tara Roenicke, Long Beach State
Summer Ross, Pepperdine
Jekaterina Stepanova, Florida State
Brittany Tiegs, Florida State