LOS GATOS, Calif. -- Trailing, 2-0, Sacramento State stormed back to take the final three matches and defeat Santa Clara, 3-2, on Wednesday afternoon at the Los Gatos High School beach volleyball courts. Today marked the season opener for the Hornets as Sacramento State begins its fifth year of beach volleyball.
Sacramento State (1-0) gets the season off to a good start as the team will play three times this weekend at home during a four-team tournament at the Livermore Community Park courts in Folsom.
Today's match was played at a two-court complex in Los Gatos with Nos. 3 and 4 playing first, followed by No. 5, and then Nos. 1 and 2 played last. Santa Clara (0-5) jumped out to a quick 2-0 lead after posting wins at Nos. 3 and 4.
However, Sacramento State began to make its comeback at No. 5 where Skyler Takeda and Brie Gathright defeated their opponent by a 21-18, 21-13 score. The Hornets tied things at 2-2 when Shannon Boyle and Lexie Skalbeck had a landslide win at No. 2 by a 21-4, 21-10 score.
The Hornets clinched the match at No. 1 where the senior duo of Madeline Cannon and Morgan Stanley defeated Nikki Hess and Kirsten Mead, 21-14, 12-21, 15-13. Cannon and Stanley led nearly the entire way in the third set, opening up a lead as large as 14-11 before finally pulling out the win and clinching the team victory for Sacramento State.
Kennedy Kurtz and Sarah Davis (27-25, 15-21, 15-12) lost their match at No. 3, while Paige Swinney and Lana Brown (22-20, 21-16) fell at No. 4.
At this weekend's home tournament, the Hornets will play both San Francisco (10 a.m.) and San Jose State (1 p.m.) on Saturday, followed by a matchup with Boise State on Sunday at 10 a.m. For the tournament schedule and more info, please click here.
Sacramento State 3, Santa Clara 2
1. Morgan Stanley/Madeline Cannon (SAC) def. Nikki Hess/Kirsten Mead (SCU) 21-14, 12-21, 15-13
2. Shannon Boyle/Lexie Skalbeck (SAC) def. Taylor Laugero/Hailey Lindberg (SCU) 21-4, 21-10
3. Erin Reineking/Allison Kantor (SCU) def. Kennedy Kurtz/Sarah Davis (SAC) 27-25, 15-21, 15-12
4. Tatiana San Juan/Michelle Gajdka (SCU) def. Paige Swinney/Lana Brown (SAC) 22-20, 21-16
5. Brie Gathright/Skyler Takeda (SAC) def. Laura Willems/Callie Jones (SCU) 21-18, 21-13
Sacramento State 0-1
Santa Clara 0-5
Order of finish: Doubles (4,3,5,2,1);
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