SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- The Sacramento State sand volleyball team won its first-ever match today, defeating California, 3-2, on Saturday afternoon at the Sacramento Softball Complex in front of approximately 100 fans.
The Hornets and Bears were both playing a sand volleyball match for the first time ever, and Sacramento State opened a six-match homestand in victorious fashion against a Cal team that was an NCAA Tournament participant during the 2012 indoor season.
Sacramento State won three of the five doubles matches to claim victory, including wins from the combinations of Jessie Genger and Sydney Kordic at No. 1 (21-9, 17-21, 15-8), Kayla Beal and Katie Aprile at No. 2 (21-14, 21-12), and Breanne Menees and Kelsey Elston at No. 5 (21-14, 21-19). With the score tied at 2-2, it was Genger and Kordic that won the match clincher.
"First off, I would like to thank the Sacramento Softball Complex for all the hard work they put into their facility, and it was a great event for our first-ever sand volleyball match," Sacramento State head coach Ruben Volta said. "I'm really pleased with how we played considering its a brand new sport to all of us, and our players had just a week and a half of practices prior today.
"I was very happy with the way everybody played, and I'm hoping sand volleyball can become another successful sport at Sacramento State. We had a lot of fans in attendance today, and I'd like to thank them for their support. Many of the fans were the same people that support our indoor team, and it was really nice to see them out there cheering for our squad."
It was Menees and Elston that won Sacramento State's first match in program history as the Hornets played Flights 4 and 5 first, followed by Flights 2 and 3, and concluded with Flight 1. The Sacramento Softball Complex has four sand courts, but the teams played on two courts at a time.
Sacramento State's Hannah Hettinga and Katelyn Ivy lost at No. 3 (12-21, 21-19, 15-12), and Sloan Lovett and Lauren Aikels fell at No. 4 by a 21-17, 21-13 score.
The Hornets return to the sand next week for a pair of home matches against San Francisco on Friday at 3:30 p.m., followed by a matchup with Pacific on Saturday at 1 p.m. All home matches take place at the Sacramento Softball Complex on 3450 Longview Drive.
Flight 1 -- Jessie Genger / Sydney Kordic (SAC) def. Lara Vukasovic / Nikki Gomer (CAL), 21-9, 17-21, 15-8
Flight 2 -- Kayla Beal / Katie Aprile (SAC) def. Adrianne Gehan / Mary McKennan (CAL), 21-14, 21-12
Flight 3 -- Joan Caloiaro / Milo Katarina (CAL) def. Hannah Hettinga / Katelyn Ivy (SAC), 12-21, 21-19, 15-12
Flight 4 -- Kat Brown / Lindsey Parrott (CAL) def. Sloan Lovett / Lauren Aikels (SAC), 21-17, 21-13
Flight 5 -- Breanne Menees / Kelsey Elston (SAC) def. Christina Higgins / Janelle Jordan (CAL), 21-14, 21-19
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