Lions Split Matches, Sweep Cal State Northridge
LMU dropped a close match to Cal before sweeping Cal State Northridge.
Playing a pair of matches against Cal and Cal State Northridge on Thursday afternoon, the LMU beach volleyball team (7-8) dropped a 3-2 match to the Golden Bears before posting a sweep over the host Matadors from the Matador Beach Volleyball Facility.
LMU won a pair of matches at the top of the order against Cal, with Sarah Sponcil and Savannah Slattery posting a 21-17, 15-21, 18-16 victory at #1. Jessie Prichard and Sara Kovac, playing at #2, notched a 12-21, 21-17, 15-6 comeback victory, but LMU could not overcome Cal on the final three courts.
The Lions showed extremely well against CSUN, winning on all five courts.Three of the five scoring courts went three sets, but each Lion pair was able to capture the third to take the match. With the two wins at #2, Prichard/Kovac is now 9-7 on the year, including 3-1 at the second spot in the order. Similarly, Sponcil/Slattery are now 10-5, including 9-4 in team competition.
LMU will return to action on April 5 when it ravels to UCLA to square off with the Bruins and Cal Poly.
LMU vs California (Mar 30, 2017)
#15 California 3, LMU 2
Mar 30, 2017 at Cal State Northrige (CSUN Volleyball Facility)
1. Sarah Sponcil/Savannah Slattery (LMU) def. Jessica Gaffney/Mia Merino (CAL) 21-17, 15-21, 18-16
2. Jessie Prichard/Sara Kovac (LMU) def. Grace Campbell/Olivia Rodberg (CAL) 12-21, 21-17, 15-6
3. Bryce Bark/Camille Stepanof (CAL) def. Kekai Whitford/Brittnay Estes (LMU) 21-11, 21-13
4. Iya Lindahl/Nicole Anderson (CAL) def. Emma Doud/Veronica Nederend (LMU) 21-18, 21-11
5. Bridget Gustafson/Teya Neff (CAL) def. Kristen Castellanos/Erin Williams (LMU) 21-17, 21-18
Ext. Madison Dueck/Bridget Gustafson (CAL) def. Kameryn Hill/Tatiana Schlange (LMU) 19-21, 21-19, 15-7
California 10-4; National ranking #15
Order of finish: Doubles (4,5,2,3,1)
LMU vs CSUN (Mar 30, 2017)
LMU 5, CSUN 0
Mar 30, 2017 at Northridge, Calif. (Matador Beach Volleyball Facility)
1. Sarah Sponcil/Savannah Slattery (LMU) def. Julie Haake/Katie Sato (CSUN) 22-20, 18-21, 15-11
2. Jessie Prichard/Sara Kovac (LMU) def. Maddie Leiphardt/Nickeisha Williams (CSUN) 21-16, 21-10
3. Kekai Whitford/Brittnay Estes (LMU) def. Kristey Markle/Autumn Russell (CSUN) 21-15, 18-21, 17-15
4. Emma Doud/Veronica Nederend (LMU) def. Aeryn Owens/Erin Indermill (CSUN) 17-21, 21-17, 19-17
5. Kristen Castellanos/Erin Williams (LMU) def. Nicoletta Stork/Nicolette Pinkney (CSUN) 21-18, 21-18
Ext. Kameryn Hill/Tatiana Schlange (LMU) def. Daniella Molinari/Cassidy Rosso (CSUN) 21-17, 18-21, 15-13
Order of finish: Doubles (2,6,4,5,1,3)
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