All five of Nebraska’s teams earned a victory on the second day of competition for the Husker sand volleyball program.
Nebraska opened play in the USA Volleyball Beach Collegiate Challenge at the Chula Vista (Calif.) Olympic Training Center on Friday. The pairs tournament will conclude Saturday.
In the gold bracket, the Huskers’ No. 1 duo of Kelsey Robinson and Alexa Strange earned a bye in the first round, then defeated Kristen Johannsen and Mackenzie Phelps of Grand Canyon 21-14, 21-9 in the second round. Robinson and Strange will play Pepperdine’s No. 1 team Saturday.
The Huskers’ No. 2 team of Hayley Thramer and Amber Rolfzen lost a close three-set match to the No. 2 team from CSU Bakersfield in the first round of the gold bracket, losing 16-14 in the deciding third set. Thramer and Rolfzen came back in the consolation round to beat the same school’s No. 1 team, Debora Araujo and Yuan Fu, 21-12, 21-14.
Thramer and Rolfzen will take on the No. 1 team from Florida State in the next round.
In the first round of the silver bracket, Nebraska’s Meghan Haggerty and Sheridan Zarda defeated Julia Bowen and Danika Youngblood of CSU Bakersfield 21-17, 21-15.
The Huskers’ Morgan Broekhuis and Kadie Rolfzen took down Kelsee Sawyer and Star Tucker from CSU Bakersfield 21-11, 21-12.
Nebraska's Kelsey Fien and Alicia Ostrander won their match in two sets in the No. 5 spot.
None of the Nebraska teams will play each other in the next round.
On Thursday, the Huskers competed in two duals on the first day of competition in program history. Florida State beat Nebraska 4-1, and top-ranked Pepperdine swept NU 5-0.
Nebraska won only one match, but gained a little respect from Pepperdine, the 2012 sand volleyball national champion.
"Florida State and Nebraska are both very athletic, talented teams," Pepperdine coach Nina Matthies said in a news release. "They both put a lot of pressure on us, and we learned a lot."
— Brent C. Wagner