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FOLSOM, Calif. — Sacramento State split a pair of beach volleyball matches on the first day of its home tournament, defeating San Francisco, 3-2, before falling to San Jose State, 4-1.
Today marked the first of a two-day tournament the Hornets are hosting at Livermore Community Park in Folsom. The tournament, which is free to spectators, includes the Hornets, San Francisco, San Jose State and 17th-ranked Saint Mary's. Sacramento State will conclude the tourney tomorrow vs. Saint Mary's at noon, and San Jose State right after that.
With the split, the Hornets moved their record to 1-4 on the young season while San Francisco is 5-5 and San Jose State 6-6.
The Hornets' No. 3 team of Paige Swinney and Macey Hayden won both of their matches today, getting a straight-set win against San Francisco, and a three-set victory against San Jose State.
In the Hornets' 3-2 win against San Francisco, the match was tied at 2-2 and came down the the No. 2 court where Sarah Davis and Mikaela Nocetti won by 21-18, 21-11 scores to clinch the win. Davis was a welcome sight for the Hornets as she made her return to the lineup after missing the first three matches with injury.
Also winning against USF was Swinney/Hayden at No. 3 (21-15, 22-20). At No. 5, freshman Paige Calvin and sophomore Sarah Falk won in three tight sets, 21-18, 19-21, 16-14.
Sacramento State's lone win against San Jose State came from Hayden and Swinney (22-20, 18-21, 15-10). McKenna Smith and Cianna Andrews nearly won at No. 4, but lost in three sets (21-13, 19-21, 15-12). Both the the Hornets' Nos. 1 and 2 teams lost in two close sets.
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