Pacific Sand Volleyball's Clancy And Schulz Play Their Way To Nationals
Gelling as one immediately after being pairedtogether in week two, the Tigers' No. 1 sand duo of senior Hannah Clancy and freshman Kat Schulz played their way to the 2013 AVCA Collegiate Sand Volleyball National Championships as announced on Monday, April 22. Clancy and Schulz will be one of 10 individual pairs to play in the tournament. They join the top pairs from the team championships to play in the 16-pair individual tournament from May 3-5 as the nation's best sand players meet in Gulf Shores, Ala. to decide a champion.
Clancy and Schulz's quest for the championship begins on Friday, May 3 as they take part in Pairs Pool Play as the No. 5 team in Pool A. The Tigers will play three matches in pool play over two days with the top two teams automatically advancing to the 16-team championship bracket on Sunday, May 5. The third place pair from the pool will play a play-in match against the No. 2 pair from the fifth and sixth place teams from the team championship bracket.
On Sunday, May 5, the 16 teams, including the No. 1 pair from the six championship teams and the No. 2 pair from the final four teams, meet in single elimination bracket play. The winner of the tournament must win four matches on Sunday to claim the championship. The final four of the individual championships will be televised on CBS Sports Network.
Throughout the Tigers' inaugural season of sand volleyball, Clancy and Schulz proved to be Pacific's most fearsome pairing as the duo ran through the NorCal Consortium en route to a 6-1 overall record. Paired together in Pacific's third match of the season, the Tigers' top pair immediately came together, winning their first match of the season in run-away fashion at Sacramento State on Mar. 23. Playing as if they had played together for years, the duo went on to win their first five matches together, dropping just two sets during their run. After falling for the first time in a three-set marathon at Stanford, Clancy and Schulz rebounded to take down Dodd and Shaw, the top team from the No. 9 ranked Gaels of Saint Mary's to finish out the regular season.