BEACH VOLLEYBALL STAYS CLOSE, BUT FALL TO A PAIR OF RANKED OPPONENTS

BEACH VOLLEYBALL STAYS CLOSE, BUT FALL TO A PAIR OF RANKED OPPONENTS

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Sacramento State's beach volleyball squad kept things close during both its matches today against nationally ranked opposition, but eventually fell to 13th-ranked San Francisco, 4-1, and 19th-ranked Cal, 3-2.

The matches marked the home opener for the Hornets, and were played at the Sacramento Softball Complex. The Hornets' new beach facility, the Livermore Community Park in Folsom, was unplayable due to the recent rash of rains in the area. Sacramento State will play every match the remainder of the season at Livermore Community Park.

Although Sacramento State (0-7) is still searching for its first win of the 2016 season, the Hornets have now played four opponents ranked among the nation's top 20 teams. In addition, of Sacramento State's seven losses, three have come by 3-2 scores. That included today's match against Cal in which the Hornets were not far off from pulling out the victory.

Cal improved to 3-4 this season, and six of the team's seven outcomes have now been decided via 3-2 scores. San Francisco remained undefeated this season with an 8-0 record.

Both matches today were part of a one-day, four-team tournament, which also included San Francisco defeating Santa Clara, 3-2, and Santa Clara beating Cal, 3-2.

Against Cal, the Hornets' doubles team of Lana Brown and Hannah Meadows won the tightest match of the day, outlasting their opponents, 23-21, 21-23, 15-13. Sacramento State's other victory against Cal came at No. 1 where Sloan Lovett and Madeline Cannon were victorious by an 18-21, 21-13, 15-12 score.

Sacramento State, however, lost its matches at Nos. 2, 3 and 4 to allow the Bears to pick up the victory. At No. 2, Shannon Boyle and Morgan Stanley kept things close but eventually lost, 21-18, 24-22.

In the loss to San Francisco, Julia Wright and Hornet newcomer Mikaela Nocetti defeated their opponent at No. 5 by a 21-17, 19-21, 15-11 score. The Dons, however, won each match at Nos. 1-4 in straight sets. Brown and Meadows lost at No. 4 by a 21-18, 21-19 score.

Complete results from today's matches can be found below.

Sacramento State returns to action a week from today when the Hornets host another one-day, four-team tournament on March 19 at Livermore Community Park. The Hornets will host San Jose State at 10 a.m. and Cal at 1 p.m. For the tournament schedule, please click here.

No. 19 Cal 3, Sacramento State 2
No. 1: Lovett/Cannon (SAC) def. Cole/Merino (CAL), 18-21, 21-13, 15-12
No. 2: Bark/Lamet (CAL) def. Stanley/Boyle (SAC), 21-18, 24-22
No. 3: Rodberg/Campbell (CAL) def. Skalbeck/Kurtz (SAC), 21-13, 21-17
No. 4: Neff/Wilson (CAL) def. Aikels/Murdock (SAC), 21-9, 21-11
No. 5: Brown/Meadows (SAC) def. Furlan/O'Donnell (CAL), 23-21, 21-23, 15-13
Exh: Savlts/Regialia (CAL) def. Wright/Nocetti (SAC), 23-21, 21-23, 15-12

No. 13 San Francisco 4, Sacramento State 1
No. 1: Okarao/Staengle (USF) def. Lovett/Cannon (SAC), 21-17, 21-9
No. 2: Pilepic/Vlasic (USF) def. Stanley/Boyle (SAC), 21-16, 21-14
No. 3: Reed/Sabahi (USF) def. Skalbeck/Aikels (SAC), 21-9, 21-18
No. 4: Gaffney/McKibben (USF) def. Brown/Meadows (SAC), 21-18, 21-19
No. 5: Nocetti/Wright (SAC) def. Murtagh/Gutierrez (USF), 21-17, 19-21, 15-11
Exh: Keenan/Miller (USF) def. Takeda/Gathright (SAC), 21-19, 21-19