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BVB | Gaels Open 2018 With Sweep At Pacific

Feb. 24, 2018

STOCKTON, Calif. - The Saint Mary's beach volleyball team kicked off its 2018 campaign Saturday with two victories, beating host Pacific, 4-1, and East Bay rival California, 3-2, at the Raney Sand Volleyball Courts.

The Gaels' (2-0) top pairs carried the day, going a combined 4-0. The team of Emily Bible and Lindsey Knudsen, and the team of Morgan Hughes and Payton Rund both won at the No. 1 and No. 2 spots, switching spots after the first match of the day versus the Tigers (0-2).

Bible and Knudsen played as SMC's top pair against Pacific, defeating Maycie LaBass and Andie Shelton in three sets, 17-21, 21-14 and 15-11. Hughes and Rund downed the Tigers' Taylor Poncetta and Hanne De Schrijver in straight sets, 21-13, 21-15. Sarah Chase and Mary Hernandez also teamed up for the first time, handily beating Roni Long and Skylar Wine, 21-8, 21-14, at the No. 3 pairs spot. Madi Wilkerson and Sienna Young earned the Gaels' fourth victory in the match at No. 5 pairs, coming from behind to beat Ashlyn Fleming and Kaitlyn Lines, 17-21, 21-10, 19-17.

Bible and Knudsen, and Hughes and Rund switched spots against California (1-1), and the strategy worked to perfection. Hughes and Rund swept the Golden Bears' top pair of Jessica Gaffney and Iya Lindahl, 21-15, 21-14. Bible and Knudsen downed Cal's No. 2 pair also in straight sets, edging Bryce Bark and Madison Dueck, 26-24, in the first set before closing it out with a 21-11 victory in set two.

Lindsey Calvin and Kelsey Knudsen earned their first victory as a duo - and Knudsen's first career win - with a three-set victory at No. 3 pairs, 21-14, 18-21, 15-8.

The Gaels next travel to Stanford for the Cardinal's Bay Area Kickoff tournament on Friday and Saturday. There, they will face host Stanford, as well as West Coast Conference rivals San Francisco and Santa Clara, and Sacramento State.

RV/RV Saint Mary's 4, Pacific 1
Raney Sand Volleyball Courts - Stockton, Calif.
Feb. 24, 2018

1. Emily Bible/Lindsey Knudsen (SMC) def. Maycie LaBass/Andie Shelton (PAC), 17-21, 21-14, 15-11
2. Morgan Hughes/Payton Rund (SMC) def. Taylor Poncetta/Hanne De Schrijver (PAC), 21-13, 21-15
3. Sarah Chase/Mary Hernandez (SMC) def. Roni Long/Skylar Wine (PAC), 21-8, 21-14
4. Katrin Gotterba/Alex Holt (PAC) def. Lindsey Calvin/Kelsey Knudsen (SMC), 21-14, 21-15
5. Madi Wilkerson/Sienna Young (SMC) def. Ashlyn Fleming/Kaitlyn Lines (PAC), 17-21, 21-10, 19-17

RV/RV Saint Mary's 3, RV/RV California 2
Raney Sand Volleyball Courts - Stockton, Calif.
Feb. 24, 2018

1. Morgan Hughes/Payton Rund (SMC) def. Jessica Gaffney/Iya Lindahl (CAL), 21-15, 21-14
2. Emily Bible/Lindsey Knudsen (SMC) def. Bryce Bark/Madison Dueck (CAL), 26-24, 21-11
3. Alexia Inman/Mima Mirkovic (CAL) def. Sarah Chase/Mary Hernandez (SMC), 21-17, 19-21, 9-15
4. Lindsey Calvin/Kelsey Knudsen (SMC) def. Madison Micheletti/Caroline Schafer (CAL), 21-14, 18-21, 15-8
5. Grace Campbell/Mia Merino (CAL) def. Madi Wilkerson/Sienna Young (SMC), 21-13, 21-7
Exh. Camille Stepanof/Abby Waldburger (CAL) def. Morgan Kendrick/Jennifer Laird (SMC), 24-22, 21-14



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