During the first game of day one, the Gaels (1-1) beat the Broncos 4-1 (0-2) by clenching the victory before the first and second pair could occupy the court, taking pairs No. 1 and 2-5 but losing pair No. 2. Later in the day, Saint Mary’s lost a close contest to nationally ranked California 3-2. After losing pairs 4 and 5 to the Bears, the Gaels climbed back to take pairs 3 and 1 before losing No. 2.
No. 1 pair and preseason All-WCC team members Lindsey Knudsen and Payton Rund finished the day undefeated. They started the day sweeping Santa Clara's Hess and Kantor by the largest margin of the day, 21-7, 21-8, and beat California’s No. 1 Bark and Merino in an effort to best the nationally ranked bay area rivals, 21-18, 21-13.
Emily Bible and Sarah Chase, SMC’s No. 3 pair, also won both contests in the first day of the tournament. They began by sweeping Lindberg and Laugero of Santa Clara, 21-12, 21-12, and finished by stealing a close match against California’s No. 3 Gaffney and Setpanof, 21-17, 21-23, 15-8.
Pair No. 4 members Alexis Salmons and Alexsa Parker were able to take Parker’s Saint Mary’s debut against Santa Clara but lost to the Bears in a close match that went to three sets. Mary Hernandez and Lindsey Calvin, Saint Mary’s No. 2 pair, were unable to capitalize on the day and lost both matches.
Saint Mary’s continues the Stanford Tournament in Palo Alto on Sunday against Cal Poly at 9 a.m. and #13 Stanford at noon.
Saint Mary’s 4, Santa Clara 1
No. 1: Knudsen/Rund (SMC) def. Hess/Kantor, 21-7, 21-11
No. 2: Mead/Cunningham (SCU) def. Hernandez/Calvin, 21-15, 21-17
No. 3: Bible/Chase (SMC) def. Lindberg/Laugero, 21-12, 21-12
No. 4: Salmons/Parker (SMC) def. San Juan/Gajdka, 21-15, 21-18
No. 5: Wilkerson/O'Sullvian (SMC) def. Nwabuzoh/Reineking 15-21, 21-17, 15-12
#14 California 3, Saint Mary’s 2
No. 1: Knudsen/Rund (SMC) def. Bark/Merino, 21-18, 21-13
No. 2: Campbell/Rodberg (Cal) def. Hernandez/Calvin, 21-10, 21-15
No. 3: Bible/Chase (SMC) def. Gaffney/Setpanof, 21-17, 21-23, 15-8
No. 4: Lindahl/Anderson (Cal) def. Salmons/Parker, 20-22, 21-17, 15-13
No. 5: Neff/Gustafson (Cal) def. Wilkerson/Young, 21-15, 21-16
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