Wednesday, 29 May 2024

LMU’s Doud/Slattery Make the Most of Their Opportunity

The women’s field at the USA Volleyball Collegiate Beach Championships in Hermosa Beach is now down to four pairs competing in Saturday’s semifinals. While some athletes, like Claire Coppola/Kristen Nuss, Madison Fitzpatrick/Alaina Chacon, and Brook Bauer/Deahna Kraft, have already competed in the NC Beach Volleyball Championship, there are others who haven’t had the chance. One such pair is Emma Doud and Savannah Slattery from Loyola Marymount.

Unlike their counterparts, Doud and Slattery didn’t qualify for the NC Beach Volleyball Championship. However, they have made the most of this opportunity by participating in the Hermosa Beach Championships. This event not only provides them with a taste of the postseason but also allows them to play together, something they didn’t get to do during the regular season.

The pair entered the competition with no expectations but with a goal to have fun. They already had good chemistry off the court, and it translated well on the sand. Being underdogs in most situations actually worked to their advantage, allowing them to perform their best.

In the upcoming semifinals, Slattery/Doud will face off against Pepperdine’s Bauer/Kraft, who finished second in the tournament last year. In the other semifinal, Fitzpatrick/Chacon will play against Coppola/Nuss. It’s an exciting lineup, and Slattery is ready to fully embrace the beach atmosphere after some time adjusting back to playing on the sand.

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Participating in the USA Volleyball Collegiate Beach Championships also comes with additional benefits. Pairs who medal and still have collegiate eligibility will be invited to train with the under-21 team this summer, further enhancing their skills and opportunities in the sport.

The USA Volleyball Collegiate Beach Championships is a part of the 2019 Team USA Champions Series, presented by Xfinity. This series highlights the year-round journey of Team USA athletes in various Olympic sports and their ultimate goal of competing at the Olympic Games.

Saturday Schedule (times PT; All matches will be live-streamed except the women’s final, which will be on NBCSN)

  • 9 a.m. Men’s semifinals
  • 10 a.m. Women’s semifinals
  • 11 a.m. Men’s third-place match
  • 12 p.m. Women’s third-place match
  • 1:20 p.m. Men’s final
  • 3 p.m. Women’s final

FAQs

1. How did Doud and Slattery qualify for the USA Volleyball Collegiate Beach Championships?

Doud and Slattery qualified through their participation in the Hermosa Beach Championships.

2. What happens if a pair medals and still has collegiate eligibility?

Pairs who medal and still have collegiate eligibility will be invited to train with the under-21 team this summer.

3. What is the 2019 Team USA Champions Series?

The 2019 Team USA Champions Series is a series of events that showcases numerous Olympic sports throughout the season, highlighting the year-round journey of Team USA athletes towards the Olympic Games.

Conclusion

Doud and Slattery have seized the opportunity to compete in the USA Volleyball Collegiate Beach Championships and have embraced the underdog role. Their chemistry, combined with their passion for the sport, has propelled them to the semifinals. It will be exciting to see their performance and the outcome of the tournament. Stay tuned for the live-streamed matches and support these talented athletes as they continue to make their mark in the world of beach volleyball.

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