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BVB | Gaels Split First Day Of Bay Area Kickoff

Sarah Chase won one match and pushed another to three sets Friday with partner Mary Hernandez.
Sarah Chase won one match and pushed another to three sets Friday with partner Mary Hernandez.
March 2, 2018

STANFORD, Calif. - The Saint Mary's beach volleyball team split its matches on the first day of the Stanford Bay Area Kickoff Tournament, losing to the host and No. 15/16-ranked Cardinal, 5-0, and sweeping Sacramento State, 5-0.

Though the Gaels (3-1) were swept in their opening match against Stanford, it was the pairs of Morgan Hughes and Payton Rund, and Sarah Chase and Mary Hernandez, that had the most competitive days. Hughes and Rund pushed the Cardinal's (2-4) top pair of Kathryn Plummer and Sunny Villapando to extra points in both the second and third sets of the No. 1 pairs match, winning the second, 22-20 before falling 18-16 in the deciding third.

Chase and Hernandez also evened their match at one set each in No. 3 pairs, beating Courtney Bowen and Kate Formico 21-19 in the second. The SMC duo pushed Bowen and Formico the distance in the third, falling by the minimum two points at 15-13.

Saint Mary's blew past Sacramento State (0-2) in its second match of the day, sweeping the top four pairs with perfect 2-0 scores. Emily Bible and Lindsey Knudsen won at No. 1 pairs for the second time this season, beating the Hornets' Brie Gathright and Kennedy Kurtz in straight sets. Hughes and Rund also swept their match at No. 2 pairs, beating Sarah Davis and Mikaela Nocetti, 21-17, 21-14.

The only match to go three sets versus Sacramento State was the No. 5 pairs, where Morgan Kendrick and Jennifer "Boo" Laird earned the first victories of their career, coming from behind to beat Brigitte Murdock and Ashtin Olin, 19-21, 21-12, 15-9.

The Gaels will face West Coast Conference rivals San Francisco and Santa Clara at 9 a.m. and 3 p.m., respectively, to conclude the tournament on Saturday.

No. 15/16 Stanford 5, No. 19/NR Saint Mary's 0
Stanford Beach Volleyball Stadium - Stanford, Calif.
March 2, 2018

1. Kathryn Plummer/Sunny Villapando (STAN) def. Morgan Hughes/Payton Rund (SMC), 21-17, 20-22, 18-16
2. Morgan Hentz/Amelia Smith (STAN) def. Emily Bible/Lindsey Knudsen (SMC), 22-20, 21-15
3. Courtney Bowen/Kate Formico (STAN) def. Sarah Chase/Mary Hernandez (SMC), 21-10, 19-21, 15-13
4. Payton Chang/Catherine Raquel (STAN) def. Madi Wilkerson/Sienna Young (SMC), 21-16, 21-15
5. Kat Anderson/Caitlin Keefe (STAN) def. Kelsey Knudsen/Jennifer "Boo" Laird (SMC), 21-12, 21-15
Exh. Shannon Richardson/Blake Sharp (STAN) def. Morgan Kendrick/Alex O'Sullivan (SMC), 21-17, 21-15

No. 19/NR Saint Mary's 5, Sacramento State 0
Stanford Beach Volleyball Stadium - Stanford, Calif.
March 2, 2018

1. Bible/L. Knudsen (SMC) def. Brie Gathright/Kennedy Kurtz (SAC), 21-19, 21-11
2. Hughes/Rund (SMC) def. Sarah Davis/Mikaela Nocetti (SAC), 21-17, 21-14
3. Chase/Hernandez (SMC) def. Lana Brown/Hannah Meadows (SAC), 21-12, 21-19
4. Wilkerson/Young (SMC) def. Sarah Falk/Skylar Takeda (SAC), 21-11, 22-20
5. Kendrick/Laird (SMC) def. Brigitte Murdock/Ashtin Olin (SAC), 19-21, 21-12, 15-9
Exh. K. Knudsen/Aubrey Pitts (SMC) def. Erin Cochran/Macey Hayden (SAC), 21-5, 21-12

 

 

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