The Saint Mary's beach volleyball team was chosen second in Wednesday's 2018 WCC Preseason Coaches' Poll
AS A JUNIOR (2017-18)
Indoor: Named West Coast Conference All-Academic Honorable Mention...Appeared in 15 matches for the Gaels before missing the rest of the season due to injury … Collected 103 digs and 97 kills on the season… Named to the All-Tournament team at the Ameritas Players Challenge hosted by then-No. 12 Nebraska on Sept. 1-2 … Recorded a double-double with 12 kills and 13 digs versus Pittsburgh on Aug. 26 in a five-set loss … Had 11 kills in two straight matches versus UMBC on Sept. 1 and at No. 12 Nebraska on Sept. 2 … Had multiple service aces at Gonzaga (Sept. 21) and versus No. 8 BYU (Oct. 5).AS A SOPHOMORE (2016-17)
Beach: Named to the 2017 All-West Coast Conference First Team and All-WCC Preseason Team along with partner Lindsey Knudsen ... Honored as the DiG Magazine National Pair of the Week for the week of March 20 as the Gaels went undefeated and handed #11/14 California as a team its first loss ... Played with Knudsen at the No. 1 spot the whole season going 24-5 after starting the season with eight straight wins ... On April 9, took down USC's No. 1 pair of Kelly Claes and Sarah Hughes breaking their 103 match winning-streak ... Finished with major wins over the top pairs of ranked schools such as USC, Hawai'i, Loyola Marymount, California and Stanford ... Selected for the USA Volleyball Collegiate Beach Championships along with partner Lindsey Knudsen ... Named to the WCC All-Academic Team.
Indoor: Played in 18 matches and 58 sets after having to sit out the first part of the season due to injury ... Came back to record 103 kills and 53 digs over the rest of the season ... Tallied up 13 kills in her first game back in a 3-1 win at home over Gonzaga on Sep. 22 ... Racked up a season-high 14 kills against Gonzaga on Nov. 19 ... Recorded her season-high of 12 digs against BYU on Nov. 5 ... Ended the season with 20 blocks and only 2 blocking errors ... Named to the 2016 WCC Volleyball All-Academic Team Honorable Mentions.
AS A FRESHMAN (2015-16)
Beach: Named to the WCC All-Freshman Team as well as the All-WCC Second Team ... Teamed with Mary Hernandez to win a remarkable 22 straight matches before losing in the WCC final (to a Pepperdine duo they had defeated during the opening rounds) ... ... Received Silver Honors on the 2015-16 WCC Commissioner's Honor Roll for maintaining a 3.71 GPA during her freshman year.
Indoor: Played in all 99 sets for the Gaels ... Finished fourth on the team with 214 kills (2.16/set), second in digs with 243 (2.45/set), and fourth in blocks with 61 (.62/set) ... Hit .198 on the season ... Led the team with seven double-doubles on the year including a 20 kill-20 dig performance in a 4-set home loss to Portland on Nov. 21 ... Also recorded double-doubles at Long Beach State on Aug. 30 (11kills/13 digs), vs Bethune Cookman on Sep. 4 (14 kills/13 digs), at Pepperdine on Oct. 1 (11 kills/11 digs), vs Pacific on Nov.13 (12 kills/10 digs), and vs San Francisco on Nov.24 (10 kills/21 digs) ... Tallied double digits in kills on 3 other occasions.
PRIOR TO SAINT MARY'S: Native of Albany, Oregon brings a lengthy and impressive resume to Moraga after starring for four years at West Albany High School ... As a senior, named Gatorade State Player of the Year, MaxPreps.com Medium School All-America second team, Greater Valley Conference Player of the Year and first team All-State after helping West Albany place third in the Class 6A state tournament ... Concluded prep career with 1,143 kills and 742 digs ... As a junior, named Mid Valley Conference Player of the Year, Oregon 5A Player of the Year and was a finalist for both Gatorade State Player of the Year and Oregon Sports Award Volleyball Player of the Year after leading West Albany to its second straight state title ... Also a standout on the sand and qualified for the USA Volleyball High Performance Championships in Hermosa Beach, Calif. ... Played with seven different sand partners in 2013 and never finished lower than second in 12 tournaments ... Won first place in the Women's AA division of the Seaside Tournament at age 15 ... Parents are Aaron and Barb Rund and has one sibling (Parker).
|Get To Know Payton Rund Favorite volleyball memory: Winning the (Oregon) state championship my sophomore and junior years. Favorite holiday: Christmas. What do you love most about Saint Mary's: The family feel/atmosphere. What do you love most about SMC Volleyball: Talented and very nice people! Favorite food or meal: Any kind of chicken, then brownies for dessert. Top 3 songs: Crazy Girl by Eli Young Band, American Kids by Kenny Chesney and Just a Dream by Carrie Underwood. Favorite books: Maybe One Day by Melissa Kantor. Favorite movies: Finding Nemo. Personal hobbies: Going to the beach, weightlifting, baking random treats. Personal motto or favorite quote: "Remember there is always a little girl in the crowd who wants to be just like you ... don't disappoint her." One thing everyone should do in their lifetime: Eat an Oreo covered in chocolate chip cookie dough. Describe yourself in one word: Determined.|
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