Pekich, Thomas Take Silver Bracket at Tournament
4/11/2016 12:45:00 PM
Long Beach State’s Kobi Pekich and Sammee Thomas received Big West Beach Volleyball Pairs Team of the Week honors after dominating play at the USAV Beach Collegiate Challenge at the No. 3 spot.
Junior Pekich (Huntington Beach, Calif./Irvine Valley College) and sophomore Thomas (Park City, Utah/Park City HS) began the week with a straight-set win over Loyola Marymount to help the Beach claim a 3-2 win on the road.
At the USAV Beach Collegiate Challenge in team play, the duo faced two top five squads in No. 1 Pepperdine and No. 4 UCLA. After falling to the Waves and the Bruins, the tandem was then placed in the Silver Bracket and faced USC in the quarterfinals and recorded a win in three sets (17-21, 21-17, 15-12).
In the semis, Pekich and Thomas clinched a win over UCLA to advance to the championship match in another three-setter.
With the championship on the line, the pair then faced USC for the second time last weekend and captured the title in a three-set win. The duo helped the 49ers improve to 9-8 on the year.
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