FOLSOM, Calif. — Sacramento State dropped a pair of heartbreaking 3-2 decisions to both CSU Bakersfield and San Jose State on the second day of a three-day, five-team beach volleyball tournament on Saturday at Livermore Community Park. All matches were played in a slight rain that came down on the facility throughout the day.
Of the combined 10 doubles matches during the Hornets' two contests today, six went to the maximum three sets with the Sacramento State coming out on top in just two of those outcomes. That included the team's match with CSU Bakersfield where the Hornets took a 2-1 lead into the Nos. 1 and 2 doubles portion of the contest. However, the Roadrunners won both of those matches in three sets, including a 15-13 decision in the third set at No. 1. A t No. 2, the Hornets held a 9-8 lead in the third set before Bakersfield closed the frame on a 7-2 run, which included three aces.
Sacramento State (1-15) was playing its second and third matches of the tournament today as the Hornets opened with a 5-0 loss to 15th-ranked New Mexico yesterday. Sacramento State will close the tournament tomorrow at 10 a.m. against Washington, which is receiving votes in the DiG Beach Volleyball top 25 poll.
In other matches today, New Mexico beat both Washington (5-0) and San Jose State (4-1), while Washington swept CSU Bakersfield, 5-0. For results and tournament schedule, please click here.
Despite the losses, a bright spot for Sacramento State was the doubles team of Lana Brown and Lexie Skalbeck, who won both their matches at No. 3. Each went three sets, and Brown/Skalbeck won by a 15-10 score in the third against Bakersfield and 15-11 vs. San Jose State. Despite playing with four different partners this year, Brown is now a team-best 7-9 in her matches this season.
Against San Jose State, the Hornets got wins from Skalbeck/Brown at No. 3 (21-16, 19-21, 15-11) and Sloan Lovett/Madeline Cannon at No. 1 (21-18, 21-15).
In the loss to CSU Bakersfield, Sacramento State got wins from Skalbeck/Brown at No. 3 (21-16, 19-21, 15-10) and Kennedy Kurtz and Brigitte Murdock at No. 5 (21-16, 21-18).
After the Hornets' match against Washington tomorrow morning at 10 a.m., Sacramento State has just three contests remaining on the regular season schedule (all at home) before taking part in the Big West Tournament in Long Beach on April 29-30.
CSU Bakersfield 3, Sacramento State 2
1. Carol Grasso/Sydney Haynes (CSUB) def. Sloan Lovett/Madeline Cannon (SAC) 17-21, 21-16, 15-13
2. Edithza Urias/Jocelyn Rodriguez (CSUB) def. Lauren Aikels/Morgan Stanley (SAC) 17-21, 21-12, 15-11
3. Lexie Skalbeck/Lana Brown (SAC) def. Sophie Flemion/Kelsee Sawyer (CSUB) 21-16, 19-21, 15-10
4. Amanda Schoene/Kortney Freeland (CSUB) def. Brie Gathright/Hannah Meadows (SAC) 21-16, 21-15
5. Kennedy Kurtz/Brigitte Murdock (SAC) def. Ally Barber/Kayla Tinker (CSUB) 21-16, 21-18
San Jose State 3, Sacramento State 2
1. Sloan Lovett/Madeline Cannon (SAC) def. Hana Tresnakova/Julia Menhart (SJSU) 21-18, 21-15
2. Jamie Hirai/Allison Meehan (SJSU) def. Lauren Aikels/Morgan Stanley (SAC) 21-19, 21-15
3. Lexie Skalbeck/Lana Brown (SAC) def. Tyanna Roy/Lyndi Scholl (SJSU) 21-16, 19-21, 15-11
4. Julie Sam/Nandyala Gama (SJSU) def. Brie Gathright/Hannah Meadows (SAC) 21-17, 21-23, 15-4
5. Luiza Andrade/Summer Avery (SJSU) def. Kennedy Kurtz/Brigitte Murdock (SAC) 21-18, 15-21, 15-9
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