MORAGA, Calif. — The Saint Mary’s beach volleyball team defeated East Bay rival California Wednesday for the second time this season and the second time in a row, beating the Bears 3-2 at Moraga Commons.
Saint Mary’s (15-4) won its third match in a row and ninth in its last 10 with the win over the Bears (10-5). The Gaels earned the victory with wins at No. 1, 2 and 5 pairs. SMC never trailed in the match, taking leads of 2-0, 2-1 and clinching the match at 3-1 when No. 1 pair Lindsey Knudsen and Payton Rund disposed of Cal’s Jessica Gafney and Mia Merino, 21-11, 21-9.
Madi Wilkerson and Sienna Young earned a thrilling three-set victory at No. 5 pairs over Cal’s Bridget Gustafson and Teya Neff. They won the first set, 21-15, but dropped the second 21-11. Then, trailing 9-5 in the tiebreaker, the duo went on a 10-2 run, including nine straight points, to win 15-11.
Saint Mary’s next competes Saturday in the USA Volleyball Collegiate Challenge. The tournament features No. 1 USC, No. 15 Arizona State and West Coast Conference foe Loyola Marymount, along with the Gaels.
Saint Mary’s 3, California 2
Moraga Commons – Moraga, Calif.
April 5, 2017
1. Lindsey Knudsen/Payton Rund (SMC) def. Jessica Gafney/Mia Merino (CAL) 21-11, 21-9
2. Emily Bible/Sarah Chase (SMC) def. Bryce Bark/Camille Stepanof (CAL) 21-16, 22-20
3. Grace Campbell/Olivia Rodberg (CAL) def. Mary Hernandez/Alexis Salmons (SMC) 21-12, 21-8
4. Nicole Anderson/Iya Lindahl (CAL) def. Lindsey Calvin/Alexsa Parker 21-19, 21-19
5. Madi Wilkerson/Sienna Young (SMC) def. Bridget Gustafson/Teya Neff (CAL) 21-15, 11-21, 15-11
Exh. Dominique Dodd/Alex O’Sullivan (SMC) def. Madison Dueck/Sadie Gray (CAL) 19-21, 21-13, 15-13
Order of finish: Exh., 5, 2, 4, 1*, 3
* - Match Clincher
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