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Lindsey Knudsen teamed with Payton Rund to go 1-1 at No. 1s Saturday.
Lindsey Knudsen teamed with Payton Rund to go 1-1 at No. 1s Saturday.
BVB | Saint Mary's Splits In First Monterey Tournament
Release: Thursday 03/18/2017 
by SMC Athletics

MONTEREY, Calif. — The No. 20/RV Saint Mary’s beach volleyball team extended its winning streak to four Saturday morning before falling to the No. 3 team in the country UCLA in the afternoon at the Monterey Invitational at Window on the Bay Waterfront Park.

The Gaels (6-3) won their fourth straight match by the exact same score, 4-1, over West Coast Conference foe Portland to start the day. SMC No. 1 pair Lindsey Knudsen and Payton Rund extended their unbeaten start to the season to 8-0 with a sweep of the Pilots’ (3-4) top duo of Tani Stephens and Cali Thompson.

Saint Mary’s swept through the top-four spots versus Portland. Emily Bible and Sarah Chase won in two sets at No. 2. Mary Hernandez paired with Alexis Salmons for the first time this season and the pair swept at No. 3. Lindsey Calvin and Alexsa Parker were also a new pairing, sweeping at No. 4.

No. 3-ranked UCLA swept the Gaels 5-0 in the afternoon. Only two matches were sweeps, however, as Saint Mary’s pushed the Bruins to three sets in three different matchups. At the No. 1 match, Knudsen and Rund came back to win set two, 24-22, and tie it after dropping the first set 21-12. They stayed close in the tiebreaker, but UCLA’s Megan McNamara and Nicole McNamara earned the 15-10 third set victory.

Hernandez and Salmons (No. 3), and Calvin and Parker (No. 4) took 1-0 match leads after winning their first sets. Both SMC pairs lost set two by large margins, but Hernandez and Salmons pushed in set three before falling 15-10. Calvin and Parker were also competitive before dropping the tiebreaker, 15-8.

Saint Mary’s plays two matches next week. The Gaels first travel to Pacific in a rematch versus the Tigers in Stockton. They then host their second home match of the season at 3 p.m. Thursday against Bay Area rival San Francisco.

#20/RV Saint Mary’s 4, Portland 1
Window on the Bay Waterfront Park
Monterey, Calif.
March 18, 2017

1. Lindsey Knudsen/Payton Rund (SMC) def. Tani Stephens/Cali Thompson (POR), 21-17, 21-12
2. Emily Bible/Sarah Chase (SMC) def. Katie Barker/Hannah Troutman (POR), 21-12, 21-10
3. Mary Hernandez/Alexis Salmons (SMC) def. Morgan Robinson/Emma Scanlan (POR), 21-16, 21-10
4. Lindsey Calvin/Alexsa Parker (SMC) def. Djurdjina Milovic/Sara Savoca (POR), 21-16, 21-17
5. Monica Gajda/Lauren Naatz (POR) def. Madi Wilkerson/Sienna Young (SMC), 21-10, 5-21, 15-8

#3/3 UCLA 5, #20/RV Saint Mary’s 0
Window on the Bay Waterfront Park
Monterey, Calif.
March 18, 2017

1. Megan McNamara/Nicole McNamara (UCLA) def. Lindsey Knudsen/Payton Rund (SMC), 21-12, 22-24, 15-10
2. Kamila Tan/Madi Yeomans (UCLA) def. Emily Bible/Sarah Chase (SMC), 21-17, 21-15
3. Torrey Van Winden/Elise Zappia (UCLA) def. Mary Hernandez/Alexis Salmons (SMC), 14-21, 21-9, 15-10
4. Jordan Anderson/Izzy Carey (UCLA) def. Lindsey Calvin/Alexsa Parker (SMC), 12-21, 21-10, 15-8
5. Chanti Holroyd/Lily Justine (UCLA) def. Alex O'Sullivan/Madi Wilkerson (SMC), 21-9, 21-12
Exh. Jasmine Hogan/Remy Wilson (UCLA) def. Dominique Dodd/Sienna Young (SMC), 21-18, 21-10


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