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BVB | Saint Mary's Advances To Day 2 Of WCC Championship


April 22, 2017

SANTA MONICA, Calif. — The Saint Mary’s beach volleyball team earned a spot in the final day of the 2017 West Coast Conference Championship with two sweep victories on day one of the championship Friday at Ocean Park Beach.

The No. 2 seed Gaels (18-9) swept seventh-seeded San Francisco (0-17) 5-0 to start the day. They capped the day with another sweep, this time shutting out Portland (3-7) 5-0 in both teams’ elimination match. The two victories sandwiched a narrow 3-2 defeat versus No. 3 seed Loyola Marymount (14-12).

The Gaels will strive for a WCC championship on Saturday starting at 10:30 a.m. versus No. 6 seed Santa Clara. A victory over the Broncos would put SMC one win away from the championship match, where it would have to win twice to claim the crown. Fans can follow live results during the day by clicking here.

Saint Mary’s top two pairs of Lindsey Knudsen and Payton Rund (No. 1), and Emily Bible and Sarah Chase (No. 2) both went a perfect 3-0 on the day. Both pairs swept all three of its matches, never dropping a set. Knudsen and Rund only once gave up more than 16 points, winning five of their six sets played by five or more points. Bible and Chase did nearly the same, winning four of their six sets by five points.

Knudsen and Rund improved to 23-4 on the season. The Gaels’ No. 1 duo has won four matches in a row and six of their last seven, beating opposing teams’ top pairs all along the way. Bible and Chase moved their season record to 19-8, including 17-8 at the No. 2 pairs spot.

Saint Mary’s 5, San Francisco 0
Ocean Park Beach – Santa Monica, Calif.
April 21, 2017

1. Lindsey Knudsen/Payton Rund (SMC) def. Nora Buvarp Lavik/Emily Reed (USF) 21-14, 21-11
2. Emily Bible/Sarah Chase (SMC) def. Camille Araujo/Marjolijn Oskam (USF) 21-14, 21-15
3. Mary Hernandez/Alexis Salmons (SMC) def. Carly Lowry/Dane Miller (USF) 21-16, 21-18
4. Lindsey Calvin/Alexsa Parker (SMC) def. Kate Ashman/Shannon Levinson (USF) 21-17, 21-19
5. Madi Wilkerson/Sienna Young (SMC) def. Montana Green/Trish Koutsoukos (USF) 21-12, 21-17

Loyola Marymount 3, Saint Mary’s 2
Ocean Park Beach – Santa Monica, Calif.
April 21, 2017

1. Knudsen/Rund (SMC) def. Savannah Slattery/Sarah Sponcil (LMU) 21-16, 21-18
2. Bible/Chase (SMC) def. Brittnay Estes/Kekai Whitford (LMU) 21-16, 21-19
3. Sara Kovac/Jessie Prichard (LMU) def. Hernandez/Salmons (SMC) 21-11, 21-19
4. Emma Doud/Veronica Nederend (LMU) def. Calvin/Parker (SMC) 21-15, 21-9
5. Kristen Castellanos/Erin Williams (LMU) def. Wilkerson/Young (SMC) 21-8, 21-11

Saint Mary’s 5, Portland 0
Ocean Park Beach – Santa Monica, Calif.
April 21, 2017

1. Knudsen/Rund (SMC) def. Toni Stephens/Cali Thompson (POR) 21-14, 21-14
2. Bible/Chase (SMC) def. Morgan Robinson/Hannah Troutman (POR) 21-19, 21-16
3. Hernandez/Salmons (SMC) def. Katie Barker/Djurdjina Milovic (POR) 21-8, 21-14
4. Calvin/Parker (SMC) def. Monica Gajda/Sarah Savoca (POR) 21-9, 21-12
5. Alex O’Sullivan/Wilkerson (SMC) def. Lauren Naatz/Emma Scanlan (POR) 21-17, 14-21, 15-9


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