UTEP Beach Hits the Sand at CSU Bakersfield

UTEP beach will travel to the west coast this weekend to participate in the CSU Bakersfield Tournament, March 10-11, at Barnes Beach in Bakersfield, Calif.

via UTEP Athletics

Weekend Schedule

Friday, March 10

  • CSU Bakersfield – 11 a.m. 
  • Concordia Irvine – 1 p.m. 

Saturday, March 11 

  • CSU Bakersfield – 11 a.m.
  • The Master’s – 1 p.m.

^All Times Mountain

Fans can follow along on Twitter and Instagram (@utepbeachvb) for updates.

UTEP Notables

  • 3 SETS: All five pairs for UTEP won a set in the Cactus Classic to open the inaugural season. Katie Martin/Krista Paegle  tabbed two set wins on the No. 1 court versus Colorado Mesa and Oregon
  • QUICK SAND: At the Cactus Classic, Aaliyah Austin/Paulina Acuna were the first pair to finish on the No. 3 court versus Arizona and on the No. 4 court versus Oregon and Arizona State
  • CLINCHING POINTS: Ema Uskokovic/Sara Pustahija were the deciding pair, twice, on the No. 2 court on day two of the Cactus Classic versus Oregon and Arizona State


The Match Up 

CSU Bakersfield 

  • Overall: 3-1
  • CSUB’s first loss of the season came against a Boise State squad that went 20-9 last season
  • With her 25th career victory, senior Hayley McCluskey now ranks 10th on CSUB’s all-time wins list.

Concordia Irvine 

  • Overall: 4-6
  • CUI is on a two-match win streak defeating Cal State Northridge and Utah as the squad went 4-1 against both teams. The Golden Eagles remain unbeaten against the Utah Utes in their three meetings in program history.


  • Overall: 5-6
  • The Master’s is on a three-game losing streak dropping two matches to ranked NAIA teams, No. 2 Vanguard and No. 6 Ottawa.


Get to Know the Game 
A best-of-three match is two sets to 21 points with a 15-point third set if needed, and all sets are rally-scoring. The teams switch ends throughout the sets so each combat with the elements evenly.  Each school divides its roster into five teams of two players each (10 total players will compete for each school in a match). Each program also maintains a sixth pairing that competes in a non-scoring match at most tournaments as they fight to earn a spot among one of the five scoring teams. The match is a best-of-five, so a team needs at least three pair wins to be victorious.