Saint Mary’s (2-2) started the day by beating Cal Poly (2-2) 3-2. The Gaels took pair No. 4 but lost No. 5 and 3 to go down early before pairs 1 and 2 came in clutch to steal the win. In their second game, the Gaels lost to #13 Stanford (3-0) 4-1. The Cardinal took pairs 2-5 giving Emily Bible and Sarah Chase their first loss of the season but were unable to stop Lindsey Knudsen and Payton Rund who stay unbeaten.
Preseason All-West Coast Conference Team members and No. 1 pair Knudsen and Rund added two more wins to their belt to finish the weekend 4-0. They swept Sonny and Hubbard of Cal Poly, 21-13, 22-20, and held on to win in three sets against the Stanford’s No. 1 pair of Plummer and Gray, 21-23, 21-13, 15-10.
Bible and Chase moved to the No. 2 pair on Sunday but were unable to stay unbeaten. They stole a win against Griesen and Pembroke of Cal Poly after going down early, 13-21, 22-20, 15-10 but lost to Stanford’s Vanjak and Chang in three close sets, 17-21, 21-18, 8-15.
After losing both matches on Saturday, Mary Hernandez and Lindsey Calvin could not gain any traction on Sunday and finished the weekend 0-4. Alexis Salmons and Alexsa Parker were able to finish the weekend 2-2 after splitting both days.
The Gaels were unable to capitalize against ranked opponents thus far, losing to both California and Stanford, but will bounce back to play #13 Stanford in Palo Alto again on March 11 at 11 a.m. They will play Utah later that day at 1 p.m. and will return to Saint Mary’s on March 13 to play Pacific at 3 p.m.
Saint Mary’s 3, Cal Poly 2
No. 1: Knudsen/Rund (SMC) def. Sonny/Hubbard, 21-13, 22-20
No. 2: Bible/Chase (SMC) def. Griesen/Pembroke, 13-21, 22-20, 15-10
No. 3: Van Winden/Gorman (CP) def. Hernandez/Calvin, 21-13, 21-12
No. 4: Salmons/Parker (SMC) def. Gruenwald/Gruenwald, 22-20, 14-21, 15-13
No. 5: Beilin/Boege (CP) def. Dodd/Young (SMC), 21-115, 21-15
#13 Stanford 4, Saint Mary’s 1
No. 1: Knudsen/Run (SMC) def. Plummer/Gray, 21-23, 21-13, 15-10
No. 2: Vanjak/Chang (Stan) def. Bible/Chase, 21-17, 18-21, 15-8
No. 3: Raquel/Richardson (Stan) def. Hernandez/Calvin, 15-21, 21-14, 15-7
No. 4: Hentz/Keefe (Stan) def. Salmons/Parker, 21-14, 21-16
No. 5: Anderson/Boewen (Stan) def. Dodd/Wilkerson, 21-18, 21-13
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