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Payton Rund teamed with Lindsey Knudsen to go unbeaten on Friday at California.
Payton Rund teamed with Lindsey Knudsen to go unbeaten on Friday at California.
BVB | Saint Mary's Downs No. 11/14 California, SJSU
Release: Thursday 03/24/2017 
by SMC Athletics

BERKELEY, Calif. — The Saint Mary’s women’s volleyball team made it an undefeated week Friday with consecutive 3-2 victories, first in the morning over San Jose State and in the afternoon over host and No. 11/14-ranked California at the Clark Kerr Sand Courts.

The Gaels’ (10-3) top two pairs of Lindsey Knudsen and Payton Rund (No. 1), and Emily Bible and Sarah Chase (No. 2) went a combined 4-0 on the day, helping lead SMC to two victories. Lindsey Calvin and Alexsa Parker also won back-to-back matches at No. 4 pairs Friday, giving the Gaels the essential three pairs wins in each match.

Knudsen and Rund fought back from an 0-1 deficit versus San Jose State (6-5) to win 2-1. They later swept California’s No. 1 pair of Jessica Gaffney and Mia Merino, 21-13, 21-11. Bible and Chase had straight-set victories over SJSU’s Nandyala Gama and Julie Sam, and Cal’s Bryce Bark and Camille Stepanof.

Calvin and Parker’s wins both went the distance. They earned a 15-7 tiebreaker win to complete a comeback versus San Jose State’s Julia Golbeck and Kaitlynn Zdorik. Later, they finished off California’s Nicole Anderson and Iya Lindahl with a close 16-14 tiebreaker win.

Saint Mary’s win over the Bears avenged an earlier 3-2 defeat on March 4, the first day of the season. The Gaels also handed Cal its first defeat of the season with Friday’s win.

The Gaels take nearly a whole week off before hosting Feather River College on Thursdy. They then travel to Santa Cruz and Monterey on April 1 and 2 to face No. 1 Southern California twice, as well as San Francisco and San Jose State.

RV/RV Saint Mary’s 3, San Jose State 2
Clark Kerr Sand Courts
Berkeley, Calif.
March 24, 2017

1. Lindsey Knudsen/Payton Rund (SMC) def. Allison Meehan/Lyndi Scholl, 19-21, 21-17, 15-6
2. Emily Bible/Sarah Chase (SMC) def. Nandyala Gama/Julie Sam, 21-8, 23-21
3. Luiza Andrade/Giulia Gavio (SJSU) def. Mary Hernandez/Alexis Salmons, 21-23, 21-19, 15-12
4. Lindsey Calvin/Alexsa Parker (SMC) def. Julia Golbeck/Kaitlynn Zdorik, 16-21, 21-15, 15-7
5. Summer Avery/Jamie Hirai (SJSU) def. Dominique Dodd/Madi Wilkerson, 21-16, 21-16

RV/RV Saint Mary’s 3, No. 11/14 Cal 2
Clark Kerr Sand Courts
Berkeley, Calif.
March 24, 2017

1. Lindsey Knudsen/Payton Rund (SMC) def. Jessica Gaffney/Mia Merino, 21-13, 21-11
2. Emily Bible/Sarah Chase (SMC) def. Bryce Bark/Camille Stepanof, 21-17, 21-16
3. Grace Campbell-Olivia Rodberg (Cal) def. Mary Hernandez/Alexis Salmons, 21-17, 21-14
4. Lindsey Calvin/Alexsa Parker (SMC) def. Nicole Anderson/Iya Lindahl, 21-17, 23-25, 16-14
5. Bridget Gustafson/Teya Neff (Cal) def. Madi Wilkerson/Sienna Young, 21-16, 21-15


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