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BVB | Gaels Reach Semifinals At WCC Championship

April 23, 2017

SANTA MONICA, Calif. — The Saint Mary’s beach volleyball team made it to the semifinals of the 2017 West Coast Conference Championship Saturday with a morning victory before being eliminated by Loyola Marymount to end its run at Ocean Park Beach.

The Gaels (19-10) swept rival Santa Clara (3-12) 5-0 to start the day. The win eliminated the Broncos from the tournament and advance the Gaels to the WCC Championship semifinals for the second straight year. Saint Mary’s swept the top-four pairs in straight sets, while Madi Wilkerson and Sienna Young took a three-set win at No. 5 pairs.

But SMC would fall short of making the WCC championship match for the second time in as many years, losing to Loyola Marymount, 4-1, for the second straight day in the semifinal. Emily Bible and Sarah Chase were the only victors for Saint Mary’s, sweeping the Lions’ (15-14) Brittnay Estes and Kekai Whitford, 21-12, 21-14.

Lindsey Knudsen and Payton Rund extended their winning streak at No. 1 pairs to five matches with a 21-17, 21-16 win over Santa Clara’s Nikki Hess and Allison Kantor. They later fell to LMU’s Savannah Slattery and Sarah Sponcil, 21-12, 21-16.

Saint Mary’s now waits to see if it will have any pairs teams selected to participate in the USA Volleyball Collegiate Beach Championships, pitting 24 of the country’s best collegiate pairs against each other in Hermosa Beach on May 11-13.

#15/RV Saint Mary’s 5, Santa Clara 0
Ocean Park Beach – Santa Monica, Calif.
April 22, 2017

1. Lindsey Knudsen/Payton Rund (SMC) def. Nikki Hess/Allison Kantor (SCU) 21-17, 21-16
2. Emily Bible/Sarah Chase (SMC) def. Jensen Cunningham/Kirsten Mead (SCU) 21-13, 21-18
3. Mary Hernandez/Alexis Salmons (SMC) def. Taylor Laugero/Hailey Lindberg (SCU) 21-12, 21-10
4. Lindsey Calvin/Alexsa Parker (SMC) def. Michelle Gajdka/Tatiana San Juan (SCU) 21-12, 21-13
5. Madi Wilkerson/Sienna Young (SMC) def. Ngozi Nwabuzoh/Erin Reineking (SCU), 21-18, 18-21, 15-10

#16/RV Loyola Marymount 4, #15/RV Saint Mary’s 1
Ocean Park Beach – Santa Monica, Calif.
April 22, 2017

1. Savannah Slattery/Sarah Sponcil (LMU) def. Knudsen/Rund (SMC) 21-12, 21-16
2. Bible/Chase (SMC) def. Brittnay Estes/Kekai Whitford (LMU) 21-12, 21-14
3. Sara Kovac/Jessie Prichard (LMU) def. Hernandez/Salmons (SMC) 21-11, 21-17
4. Emma Doud/Veronica Nederend (LMU) def. Calvin/Parker (SMC) 21-14, 21-19
5. Kristen Castellanos/Erin Williams (LMU) def. Wilkerson/Young (SMC) 21-10, 21-14

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