Cal Claims Two Wins On Friday
MANOA, HAWAII – No. 10 California beach volleyball secured two wins in a doubleheader at the Outrigger Queen's Cup on Friday at Queen's Beach in Hawaii. The Bears defeated Nebraska, 5-0, and UC Davis, 4-1, to move to 7-3 on the season.
No. 10 Cal 5, Nebraska 0
The Bears outscored Nebraska, 210-119, over the five pairs on their way to a straight-set sweep, 5-0 on Friday morning.
Cal got on the board early as Ainsley Radell and Ava Mann bounced back from two defeats on Thursday with a convincing win over Nebraska to start the day on a positive note for the Bears. Radell and Mann doubled up their counterparts, 42-21, across the two sets as they won 21-13, 21-8. They won 15 of the first 21 points in the second set to secure the win.
Cal added a second point as Lexi McKeown and Ella Dreibholz had a dominant second set as they won 21-17, 21-7. The Bears won another convincing matchup at the number three court as Brooke Buchner and Ashley Delgado clinched the match. They won the first set 21-13, before a 21-6 score in the second set clinched the match for the Bears.
Mima Mirkovic and Ana Costa secured the fourth point on the top court as they won 21-13, 21-15. Maya Gessner and Natalie Martin secured the final point on court five. They won the first set 21-9, and started the second set on a 9-3 spurt, which helped them to a 21-18 win.
#1 - Mima Mirkovic/Ana Costa (Cal) def. Kenzie Knuckles/Madi Kubik (NEB) – 21-13, 21-15
#2 - Ainsley Radell/Ava Mann (Cal) def. Ally Batenhorst/Keonilei Akana (NEB) – 21-13, 21-8
#3 - Brooke Buchner/Ashley Delgado (Cal) def. Bekka Allick/Lexi Rodriguez (NEB) – 21-13, 21-6
#4 - Lexi McKeown/Ella Dreibholz (Cal) def. Lindsay Krause/Nicklin Hames (NEB) – 21-17, 21-7
#5 - Maya Gessner/ Natalie Martin (Cal) def. Whitney Lauenstein/Hayden Kubik (NEB) – 21-9, 21-18
Order of Finish: 2, 4, 3, 1, 5
No. 10 Cal 4, UC Davis 1
In the second match of the day, Cal secured the first four matchups of the dual to cruise to a win over local rival UC Davis. The two met last weekend, and Cal prevailed by a 4-1 scoreline that day as well.
Radell and Mann started the Bears off well for the second straight match as they began the dual on a 9-5 run, eventually winning the first set 21-16. They used that momentum to win the second set by a similar 21-15 margin.
The matchup on court four was a close one as McKeown and Dreibholz held a slight lead for the majority of the first set. However, the Aggies pair of Mitchell and Miller fought back to tie it at 21. However, the Bears scored two straight points to take the first set 23-21. In the second set it was a similar story as Cal prevailed 21-18.
Cal secured the dual on the top court as Mirkovic and Costa rolled to a straight-set win. They were facing off with Chelsea Maeglin and Colleen McGuire who had earned the win against Cal the last time the team's matched up. However, the Bears' top pair rolled to a 21-13, 21-14 victory.
It was a similar story on the fifth court, as Gessner and Martin went on a run to put the first set away. The matchup was tight at 11-10 at the technical timeout, but Cal won 10 of the next 12 points to win 21-12. It was a similar story in the second set as they closed on a 9-5 run to win 21-14. UC Davis claimed their only point of the match on court three, as they won 21-15, 21-17.
#1 - Mima Mirkovic/Ana Costa (Cal) def. Chelsea Maeglin/Colleen McGuire (UCD) – 21-13, 21-14
#2 - Ainsley Radell/Ava Mann (Cal) def. Morgan Coolbaugh/Megan Luly (UCD) – 21-16, 21-15
#3 - Rose Holscher/Ashlee Goycoochea (UCD) def. Brooke Buchner/Ashley Delgado (Cal) – 21-15, 21-17
#4 - Lexi McKeown/Ella Dreibholz (Cal) def. Tabitha Mitchell/Kylie Miller (UCD) – 23-21, 21-18
#5 - Maya Gessner/ Natalie Martin (Cal) def. San Lazenby/Mia Olen (UCD) – 21-12, 21-14
Order of Finish: 2, 4, 1, 5, 3
The Bears will be back in action tomorrow as they continue play in Hawaii at the Outrigger Queen's Cup Tournament. Cal qualified for the semifinal and will face off with No. 9 Hawaii for the second time at 12 p.m. PT. If the Bears win the semifinal, they will play at 6 p.m. PT in the Championship match. If they lose, they will be in the third-place match at 4 p.m. PT.
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