Saint Mary’s is now 5-1 overall and 5-0 against teams in the Northern California Sand Volleyball Consortium.
"Our players practiced very hard since our last match, nearly two weeks ago,” said head coach Brent Crouch. “It was great to see that hard work translate to improved play today against both Stanford and Sac State. Our understanding of how to score points has deepened considerably since our last match against USC, and the execution has followed suit."
In the win over No. 10 Stanford, the Gaels swept three of the matches.
5) Frannie Cormier/Rachel Gillcrist (SMC) def. Morgan Boukather/Megan McGehee (Stan), 21-11, 22-20
4) Inky Ajanaku/Mary Ellen Luck (Stan) def. Natalie Loos/Milena Popovic (SMC), 21-15, 13-21, 15-11
3) Kristina Graven/Sarah Reams (SMC) def. Madi Bugg/Kyle Gilbert (Stan), 21-17, 16-21, 15-11
2) Danica Mendivil/Samantha Tinsley (SMC) def. Brittany Howard/Rachel Williams (Stan), 21-18, 21-15
1) Dalas Dodd/Jordan Shaw (SMC) def. Jordan Burgess/Carly Wopat (Stan), 24-22, 21-16
Exhibition - Milena Popovic/Katie Reininger def. Morgan Boukather/Mary Ellen Luck 2-0
SMC won all five matches against the Sac St. Hornets in the evening match, winning three of those in straight sets. That included Tinsely/Mendivil giving Beal/Aprile their first loss of the season by a 21-19, 21-18 score.
vs Sac State:
5) Frannie Cormier/Rachel Gillcrist (SMC) def. Kelsey Elston/Chelcy Motes (SacSt) 21-13, 21-9
4) Natalie Loos/Milena Popovic (SMC) def. Lauren Aikels/Sloan Lovett (SacSt) 21-12, 15-21, 15-12
3) Kristina Graven/Sarah Reams (SMC) def. Hannah Hettinga/Katelyn Ivy (SacSt) 20-22, 21-13, 15-12
2) Danica Mendivil/Samantha Tinsley (SMC) def. Katie Aprile/Kayla Beal (SacSt) 21-19, 21-18
1) Dalas Dodd/Jordan Shaw (SMC) def. Jessie Genger/Sydney Kordic (SacSt) 21-10, 21-16
Saint Mary’s is back in action on Sunday when it travels to Stockton for the Pacific Tournament. SMC will take on Santa Clara at 11:00 a.m. and California at 1:00 p.m.