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Flames beach pair reaches playoffs at collegiate nationals

May 11, 2019  |  Hermosa Beach, Calif. 

Head Coach Kaleb VanDePerre (left) and Assistant Coach Jess Nelson (right) flank the Flames' Josh Knapp, Matt Jones, Kaden Knepper, and Gene Dejesus. (Submitted photo) test test test test
Head Coach Kaleb VanDePerre (left) and Assistant Coach Jess Nelson (right) flank the Flames' Josh Knapp, Matt Jones, Kaden Knepper, and Gene Dejesus. (Submitted photo)

For the first time this past weekend, Liberty University sent two men's tandems to the May 9-11 USA Volleyball Collegiate National Beach Championships in Hermosa Beach, Calif.

Graduating seniors Kaden Knepper and Gene Dejesus finished 1-1 in pool play to advance to the oceanfront tournament's playoffs, staged on the day they could have been walking with their classmates at Liberty's 46th Commencement in Lynchburg, Va.

The Flames' duo, which also started as setter and middle hitter for Liberty's men's indoor volleyball team over the past three seasons, swept California-Santa Clara's Raymond Cascio and Maxwell Garris, 21-18, 21-14 in the first playoff match before being eliminated by the combination of Florida Atlantic's Adam Wienckowski and UCLA's Tim Brewster, 21-12, 21-13.

In Friday's Pool C competition, Knepper and Dejesus defeated Grand Canyon University's pairing of Heath Hughes and Samuel Udall, 22-20, 21-17, before dropping a three-game match to UC-San Diego's Wyatt Harrison and Chris Shaffer, 21-18, 18-21, 15-12.

Graduate Matt Jones and rising sophomore Josh Knapp also competed in the 16-team event, but were eliminated after going 0-2 in Pool D. They lost their opener to Concordia's (Calif.) Zachary Meyer and Jordan Hoppe, 21-11, 21-17, before being ousted by UC-Santa Clara's Cascio and Garris in a tight, three-game battle, 21-11, 25-27, 18-16.

Complete results are available online.

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Results

No events scheduled for this team.

Apr 4
Beach Volleyball
at Stevenson University
CANCELLED

Mar 13
Beach Volleyball
at NCSVA (Tampa Bay Beach Bums Mustache Madness)
W (3-1)

Nov 16
Beach Volleyball
at Palm Beach Atlantic
6-0 record

Nov 15
Beach Volleyball
at Palm Beach Atlantic
6-0 record

Oct 26
Beach Volleyball
at Blue Sky Tournament
Gold Medal

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