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Beach Volleyball Closes Out Opening Weekend With Two Wins

Feb 26, 2022

SAN JOSE, Calif. – Utah beach volleyball rebounded after a pair of close losses yesterday to win two matches over tournament host San Jose State and Ottawa University (Arizona) on Saturday. The Utes picked up the narrow 3-2 win over San Jose State before ending the day with a 4-1 victory over Ottawa. The Utes move to 2-2 on the season following the opening weekend of action.

Utah's first match of the day came against San Jose State where the Utes were able to get the narrow 3-2 win. Sonja Wessel and Keira Sheehan secured the team's first win of the day on court five. The pair of Utes locked in the win 21-9, 21-16 to push Utah to a 1-0 lead, while Sommer Daniel and Lauren Sayre kept the momentum going and grinded out a 21-19, 19-21, 15-3 win on court four. 

Leading 2-0, Utah would see San Jose State take the next two courts after the 2's and 3's for the Utes dropped tightly contested matches. The match came down to the top pairs as Grace Andrews and Bella Vezzani came up clutch and took the win 21-16, 21-12 to earn Utah its first win of the 2022 season.

The Utes looked to close out the tournament strong against Ottawa and were able to cruise to a 4-1 win on Saturday afternoon. Sage Patchell and Amaya Messier rebounded from the morning's match on court two and pulled out a three-set victory 16-21, 21-16, 15-10, while Marissa Koch and Samantha Leight would do the same and take a 12-21, 21-19, 15-10 victory on court three. Utah's 4's and 5's collected another win on the day as the pairing of Daniel and Sayre remained undefeated through the opening weekend on court four. 
Utah beach volleyball will be back in action Friday and Saturday, March 11-12 when the squad takes on Trinidad State, Colorado Mesa and Salt Lake Community College in Grand Junction, Colo.

Utah 3, San Jose State 2
1. Grace Andrews/Bella Vezzani (UTAH) def. Siena Brewster/Abby Alvarez (SJSU) 21-16, 21-12
2. Jaida Ward/Amethyst Harper (SJSU) def. Sage Patchell/Amaya Messier (UTAH) 7-21, 21-12, 15-13
3. Madeline Boerstra/Chloe Culver (SJSU) def. Marissa Koch/Samantha Leight (UTAH) 21-19, 21-18
4. Sommer Daniel/Lauren Sayre (UTAH) def. Cheyenne Rice/Allison Pereira (SJSU) 21-19, 19-21, 15-3
5. Sonja Wessel/Keira Sheehan (UTAH) def. Alyssa Sugai/Kacy Hele (SJSU) 21-9, 21-16
Order of finish: Doubles (5,4,3,2,1)
Utah 4, Ottawa Arizona 1
1. Katia Dizon/Katie Pestova (OTT) def. Grace Andrews/Bella Vezzani (UTAH) 24-22, 21-14
2. Sage Patchell/Amaya Messier (UTAH) def. Noel Chavarria/Katie Defer (OTT) 16-21, 21-16, 15-10
3. Marissa Koch/Samantha Leight (UTAH) def. Mattea Wilson/Katelyn Viray (OTT) 12-21, 21-19, 15-10
4. Sommer Daniel/Lauren Sayre (UTAH) def. Amanda Carlson/Mia Lara (OTT) 21-18, 21-1
5. Sonja Wessel/Keira Sheehan (UTAH) def. Olivia Andersh/Amanda Carlson (OTT) 21-7, 21-15
Exb. Kylie Pitzak/Stef Jankiewicz (UTAH) def. Devon Strong/Zoey Mohring (OTT) 21-19, 21-12
Order of finish: Doubles (5,4,3,1,2)