Margherita Bianchin gives us a report of what "her" overseas championship was up to 2020.
After a few weeks of competition, there aren't many surprises in the AVCA (American Volleyball Coaches Association) ranking of college women's beach volleyball teams. As expected, the ranking is dominated by Florida State and USC (University of Southern California).
FSU (Florida State University) has been the undisputed queen of the CCSA conference for years while USC is one of the main protagonists of the highly competitive Californian beaches. In third place we find LSU (Louisiana State University), whose main weapon seems to be the duo Taryn Kloth - Kristen Nuss. This new couple is in fact the National Pair of the Week. Small disappointment instead for UCLA which finds itself in fourth position.
The Californians, however, have great aspirations and want to keep up the name of their colleges that won the editions of 2018 and 2019 led above all by the Canadian twins Megan and Nicole McNamara.
Seventh position for Loyola Marymount in which the Italian Reka Orsi Toth plays. Marolf/Orsi Toth are LMU's second top pair and are sixth in the National Pair Ranking with a record of eight wins and two losses.
FIU is currently placed thirteenth. This college is grinding victories to the rhythm of Italian mambo. Federica Frasca, Giada Bianchi and Rachele Mancinelli are finding the right chemistry to advance Florida International (10-4). The panthers remain unbeaten at home thanks to the overwhelming victory over FGCU.
In eighteenth place we find Long Beach State and therefore our Alice Pratesi as well, fresh from Big West Pair of the Week award. Alice plays in the fourth seed and in this first part of the championship she boasts six wins and only two defeats.