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Lindsey Knudsen (left) and Payton Rund (right) ended the 103-match winning streak of USC's top pair Saturday.
Lindsey Knudsen (left) and Payton Rund (right) ended the 103-match winning streak of USC's top pair...
BVB | Knudsen, Rund Down USC Top Pair To Snap Trojans Streak
Release: Tuesday 04/08/2017 
by SMC Athletics

MANHATTAN BEACH, Calif. — Saint Mary’s beach volleyball’s Lindsey Knudsen and Payton Rund earned the biggest victory of their careers Saturday when the Gaels’ No. 1 pair defeated the top pair of No. 1 USC, ending the Trojan duo’s 103-match winning streak, as the No. 15/RV Gaels participated in the USA Volleyball Beach Collegiate Challenge.

Knudsen and Rund handed No. 1/1 USC’s (25-0) Kelly Claes and Sarah Hughes their first loss in almost two years Saturday. The sophomores fell 21-13 in the first set but rebounded to win set two, 21-18. Then, in a thrilling tiebreaker that went extra points, the pair made history with a 17-15 set victory to win the match 2-1. The Trojans would win the team competition over the Gaels (16-6), 4-1.

Saint Mary’s went 1-2 on the day at the USAV Beach Collegiate Challenge, falling to top-ranked USC, 4-1 and No. 17/15 Arizona State (10-14), 3-2, while beating No. 20/RV Loyola Marymount (9-11), 3-2. Knudsen and Rund went 2-1 on the day, their only loss coming against ASU’s top pair of Bianca Arellano and Whitney Follette.

Mary Hernandez and Alexis Salmons also went 2-1 on the day playing at the No. 3 pairs spot. They came from behind to beat LMU’s Brittnay Estes and Erin Whitford, which included a tight 15-13 win in the tiebreaker. They also downed ASU’s Sage Patchell and Mia Rivera in three sets.

Other victorious Saint Mary’s pairs on Saturday included Emily Bible and Sarah Chase. The SMC No. 2 pair beat LMU’s Sara Kovac and Jessie Prichard in three sets, 21-17, 18-21, 15-8. Lindsey Calvin and Alexsa Parker won against Arizona State, beating the Sun Devils’ No. 4 pair of Katelyn Carballo and Ellyson Lundberg, 20-22, 21-19, 15-8.

Saint Mary’s will next travel to Hawaii during the Spring Break next week before preparing for the 2017 West Coast Conference Championship, to be held on April 21-22 in Santa Monica.

#17/RV Arizona State 3, #15/RV Saint Mary's 2
Manhattan Beach, Calif.
April 8, 2017

1. Bianca Arellano/Whitney Follette (ASU) def. Lindsey Knudsen/Payton Rund (SMC) 21-16, 21-18
2. Madison Berridge/Oluoma Okaro (ASU) def. Emily Bible/Sarah Chase (SMC) 13-21, 21-18, 15-12
3. Mary Hernandez/Alexis Salmons (SMC) def. Sage Patchell/Mia Rivera (ASU) 21-14, 17-21, 15-10
4. Lindsey Calvin/Alexsa Parker (SMC) def. Katelyn Carballo/Ellyson Lundberg (ASU) 20-22, 21-19, 15-8
5. Natalie Braun/Bethany Wedepohl (ASU) def. Madi Wilkerson/Sienna Young (SMC) 21-15, 17-21, 15-9

#15/RV Saint Mary's 3, #20/RV Loyola Marymount 2
Manhattan Beach, Calif.
April 8, 2017

1. Knudsen/Rund (SMC) def. Savannah Slattery/Sarah Sponcil (LMU) 22-20, 14-21, 15-9
2. Bible/Chase (SMC) def. Sara Kovac/Jessie Prichard (LMU) 21-17, 18-21, 15-8
3. Hernandez/Salmons (SMC) def. Brittnay Estes/Kekai Whitford (LMU) 18-21, 21-19, 15-13
4. Emma Doud/Veronica Nederend (LMU) def. Calvin/Parker (SMC) 21-9, 21-17
5. Kristen Castellanos/Erin Williams (LMU) def. Wilkerson/Young (SMC) 21-23, 21-14, 17-15

#1/1 USC 4, #15/RV Saint Mary's 1
Manhattan Beach, Calif.
April 8, 2017

1. Knudsen/Rund (SMC) def. Kelly Claes/Sara Hughes (USC) 13-21, 21-18, 17-15
2. Terese Cannon/Nicolette Martin (USC) def. Bible/Chase (SMC) 21-19, 21-12
3. Joy Dennis/Allie Wheeler (USC) def. Hernandez/Salmons (SMC) 21-18, 21-16
4. Jenna Belton/Jo Kremer (USC) def. Calvin/Parker (SMC) 21-12, 21-8
5. Katrina Kernochan/Lainy Thomas (USC) def. O’Sullivan/Wilkerson (SMC) 21-16, 21-8

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