BEACH VOLLEYBALL OPENS SEASON WITH LOSSES TO #13 STANFORD & SAINT MARY'S

BEACH VOLLEYBALL OPENS SEASON WITH LOSSES TO #13 STANFORD & SAINT MARY'S

Results from the Stanford Tournament

STANFORD, Calif. -- Sacramento State opened its fourth season of beach volleyball on Saturday afternoon with a 3-2 loss to Saint Mary's and a 5-0 loss to 13th-ranked Stanford on the first day of a dual match tournament at Stanford Beach Volleyball Stadium.

The Hornets (0-2) will play two more matches tomorrow against San Jose State at 8:30 a.m. and San Francisco at 11:30 a.m.

In the match against Saint Mary's, the Hornets held a 2-1 lead after the doubles teams of Kennedy Kurtz/Lexie Skalbeck won their match at No. 3 (21-18, 21-16), and Lana Brown/Brigitte Murdock won their match at No. 5 (21-18, 21-14).

However, the Hornets lost in three sets (15-11 in the third in both outcomes) at the Nos. 1 and 2 spots that gave Saint Mary's the 3-2victory. The Hornets' No. 1 team of Madeline Cannon and Sloan Lovett lost, 21-14, 18-21, 15-11, and the No. 2 team of Shannon Boyle and Morgan Stanley fell, 21-10, 22-24, 15-11.

Lauren Aikels and Hannah Meadows lost at No. 4 by a 21-12, 21-18 score.

In the match against Stanford, who is the 13th ranked team in the nation, Sacramento State nearly had wins at both Nos. 4 and 5, and had opportunities at No. 3. Sacramento State co-head coaches Ruben Volta and Ed Jackson shuffled the lineups at Nos. 4 and 5 as the combination of Lana Brown and Julia Wright played at 5, and Aikels and Murdock played at 4.

Brown and Wright played well at No. 5, but lost in a squeaker, 21-16, 18-21, 16-14. At No. 4, Aikels and Murdock also went to three sets but fell, 18-21, 21-15, 15-10. Skalbeck and Kurtz lost at No. 3 by a 21-18, 21-16 score.

Complete scores from both matches can be found below. The Hornets will play three times next week, including Thursday at Pacific at 4 p.m. followed by the team hosting a four-team tournament featuring Cal, San Francisco and Santa Clara on Saturday. Sacramento State will play Cal at 10 a.m. and San Francisco at 1 p.m. Saturday will mark the debut of the Hornets' new beach volleyball facility, the Livermore Community Park in Folsom.

Saint Mary's 3, Sacramento State 2
1. Dodd/Knudsen (SMC) def. Cannon/Lovett (SAC), 21-14, 18-21, 15-11
2. Hernandez/Rund (SMC) def. Boyle/Stanley (SAC), 21-10, 22-24, 15-11
3. Kurtz/Skalbeck (SAC) def. Wilkerson/Kudziela (SMC), 21-18, 21-16
4. Bible/Calvin (SMC) def. Aikels/Meadows (SAC), 21-12, 21-18
5. Brown/Murdock (SAC) def. Lisserra/O'Sullivan (SMC), 21-18, 21-14

#13 Stanford 5, Sacramento State 0
1. Vanjak/Chang (STAN) def. Cannon/Lovett (SAC), 21-12, 21-15
2. Lutz/McKenna (STAN) def. Stanley/Boyle (SAC), 21-12, 21-15
3. Raquel/Froistad (STAN) def. Skalbeck/Kurtz (SAC), 21-18, 21-16
4. Brown/Robinson (STAN) def. Aikels/Murdock (SAC), 18-21, 21-15, 15-10
5. Bowen/DiSanto (STAN) def. Brown/Wright (SAC), 21-16, 18-21, 16-14