MORAGA, Calif. — The No. 15/RV Saint Mary’s beach volleyball team concluded its regular season on Saturday and now prepares for the second annual West Coast Conference Beach Volleyball Championships in Santa Monica on Friday.
The WCC Championships is a two-day double elimination tournament hosted at Ocean Park Beach in Santa Monica on Friday and Saturday. The full bracket schedule and results can be viewed at the WCC beach volleyball championship website.
Saint Mary's (16-8) first match is against San Francisco (0-15) on Friday at 9 a.m. The Gaels enter the tournament with the No. 2 seed and ranked 15th in the nation by DiG Magazine. Saint Mary’s has swept the Dons in both matches this season as San Francisco has yet to win a match.
If the Gaels are victorious over the Dons, Saint Mary’s will move on to play the winner of No. 3 Loyola Marymount (12-12) and six-seed Santa Clara (1-10). No. 15/RV Saint Mary’s recently faced off against No. 20/RV LMU at the USAV Collegiate Challenge in Manhattan Beach and came out on top 3-2.
In the inaugural WCC Championships last season, the four-seed Gaels won back-to-back elimination matches on the second day of the tournament to get to the championship match versus national No. 2-ranked and tournament top seed Pepperdine. Saint Mary’s finished runner-up as the Waves eventually took the championship match in a sweep.
West Coast Conference Tournament Seeds
No. 1 Pepperdine Waves
vs. WCC Opponents: 1-0
No. 2 Saint Mary’s Gaels
vs. WCC Opponents: 7-0
No. 3 Loyola Marymount Lions
vs. WCC Opponents: 0-2
No. 4 Pacific Tigers
vs. WCC Opponents: 2-2
No. 5 Portland Pilots
vs. WCC Opponents: 1-1
No. 6 Santa Clara Broncos
vs. WCC Opponents: 1-3
No. 7 San Francisco Dons
vs. WCC Opponents: 0-5
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