BEACH VOLLEYBALL FALLS TO #6 HAWAI’I AND CAL STATE NORTHRIDGE ON FINAL DAY OF THE BIG WEST CHALLENGE

BEACH VOLLEYBALL FALLS TO #6 HAWAI’I AND CAL STATE NORTHRIDGE ON FINAL DAY OF THE BIG WEST CHALLENGE

PISMO BEACH, Calif. — Despite wins from the doubles teams of Sarah Davis/Mikaela Nocetti, and Ashtin Olin/Skyler Takeda, Sacramento State fell to Cal State Northridge, 3-2, in its final match of the Big West Conference Beach Challenge on Sunday afternoon. Earlier in the day, the Hornets lost to 6th-ranked Hawai'i by a 5-0 score.

The Big West Challenge was a three-day event that featured all seven beach volleyball playing schools in the Big West. Unfortunately for the Hornets, Sacramento State did not win a match in six tries at the tournament. Of the Hornets' six opponents, three were nationally ranked in the AVCA top 10, including today's loss to Hawai'i, which is ranked sixth in the nation.

With the victories, Hawai'i won its sixth straight match while improving to 18-6. The SandBows won their first five matches of the tournament before falling to 7th-ranked Cal Poly later in the day by a 3-2 score. Cal State Northridge improved to 9-10 with its win.

Northridge was able to squeak out a win against the Hornets as Davis and Nocetti won at No. 1 by a 21-17, 19-21, 17-15 score, and Olin/Takeda won at No. 2 by a 19-21, 21-12, 15-12 score. At No. 3, Macey Hayden and McKenna Smith kept things close before falling, 21-14, 28-26.

Earlier in the day, Hawai'i won all five matches in straight sets.

The Hornets return to action when they host a four-team tournament on April 5-6 at Livermore Community Park in Folsom. A total of six matches will be played at the tournament, and Sacramento State opens things on Friday against Boise State at 2 p.m. For the tournament schedule and more information, please click here.