Relive Racich and Ross' AVCA National Championship Run on CBS Sports Network on Wednesday
June 12, 2012
MALIBU, Calif. – The AVCA Collegiate Sand Volleyball National Championship match between Pepperdine’s Caitlin Racich and Summer Ross and Long Beach State’s Caitlin Ledoux and Tara Roenicke airs this Wednesday, June 13 at 7 p.m. on the CBS Sports Network.
Last week, CBS Sports Network aired the semifinals of the pairs championship and also showed highlights from the team championship – which the Waves won in convincing fashion.
The inaugural AVCA Collegiate Sand Volleyball National Championship, which was held April 27-29 in Gulf Shores, Ala., featured both a team championship and a pairs championship. Pepperdine claimed both crowns, first winning the team championship on April 28 after dropping the College of Charleston and Long Beach State twice.
Racich (Santa Barbara, Calif./Dos Pueblos HS) and Ross (Carlsbad, Calif./Carlsbad Seaside Academy), as well as Kim Hill (Portland, Ore./Portland Christian HS) and Lilla Frederick (Huntington Beach, Calif./Cornelia Connelly HS) represented the Waves in the pairs championship. After both pairs went undefeated in pool play on the opening day, they were awarded with the top two seeds in Sunday’s single-elimination bracket tournament.
All four were named to the first-ever AVCA All-American class, consisting of 10 total student-athletes.
Racich and Ross topped Frederick and Hill in the cross over semifinal before coming from behind to down Ledoux and Roenicke in the championship match. The Pepperdine duo was down 11-14 in the final set before rattling off five unanswered points to win the first-ever championship title in the emerging sport of sand volleyball.
The Waves’ national team title was the 12th overall championship in the school’s history, but the first by any women’s team at Pepperdine. Similarly, Racich and Ross were the first Pepperdine women to win an individual national championship. Prior to 2012, the Waves have won three men’s tennis doubles titles, one singles crown, and five men’s track and field individual championships.
You can read about all 22 of Pepperdine’s national championship winning teams and student-athletes here.
A camera crew from CBS Sports Network was on hand during the entire championship weekend. The televised specials will feature match footage, as well as exclusive player interviews, expert analysis, and sideline reporting.
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