STANFORD, Calif. — The Saint Mary’s beach volleyball team got its revenge Saturday, handing No. 16/14 Stanford its first loss of the year while also beating another Pac-12 Conference member in Utah, both by 4-1 scores at Stanford’s Sand Volleyball Stadium.
The Gaels (4-2) swept through the No. 1 through No. 4 pairs versus Stanford to avenge the Cardinal’s (5-2) victory by the same score one week ago. SMC won all but the No. 2 pairs versus Utah (0-3), playing in its first season as a varsity program.
Lindsey Knudsen and Payton Rund beat Stanford’s No. 1 pair of Jenna Gray and Kathryn Plummer for the second straight week after also topping them on Opening Weekend. The duo took a close match in three sets, 21-19, 19-21, 15-12. They moved to an undefeated 6-0 on the year with a straight sets, 21-13, 21-15, win over Utah’s No. 1 pair of Adora Anae and Eliza Katoa.
The teams of Lindsey Calvin and Mary Hernandez (No. 3 pairs), and Alexsa Parker and Alexis Salmons (No. 4) also went 2-0 on Saturday. Both pairs won matches in straight sets and three sets. Calvin and Hernandez swept Stanford’s No. 3 team of Catherine Raquel and Shannon Richardson, while Parker and Salmons swept Utah’s No. 3 pair of Torre Glasker and Berkeley Oblad.
The Gaels host their first home match of the season Monday when they welcome West Coast Conference rival Pacific to Moraga Commons. The first match is scheduled to start at 3 p.m. Admission is free for all fans.
Saint Mary's 4, No. 16/14 Stanford 1
March 11, 2017
1. Lindsey Knudsen/Payton Rund (SMC) def. Plummer/Gray (Stan) 21-19, 19-21, 15-12
2. Emily Bible/Sarah Chase (SMC) def. Vanjak/Chang (Stan) 21-12, 21-17
3. Lindsey Calvin/Mary Hernandez (SMC) def. Raquel/Richardson (Stan) 21-19 24-22
4. Alexsa Parker/Alexis Salmons (SMC) def. Hentz/Keefe, C. (Stan) 11-21, 21-14, 15-11
5. Anderson/Bowen (Stan) def. Madi Wilkerson/Sienna Young (SMC) 21-11, 17-21, 15-7
Exh. Red-Horse Mohl/DiSanto (Stan) def. Dominique Dodd/Alex O'Sullivan (SMC) 21-19, 20-22, 16-14
Saint Mary's 4, Utah 1
March 11, 2017
1. Knudsen/Rund (SMC) def. Anae/Katoa (Utah) 21-13, 21-15
2. Choy/Barton (Utah) def. Bible/Chase (SMC) 22-20, 21-19
3. Calvin/Hernandez (SMC) def. Doehrmann/Trueman (Utah) 19-21, 25-23, 15-9
4. Parker/Salmons (SMC) def. Glasker/Oblad (Utah) 21-10, 21-13
5. Wilkerson/Young (SMC) def. Luafalemana/Twohig (Utah) 16-21, 21-16, 15-9
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