No. 13 Bears Take Down UC Davis On Senior Day
BERKELEY – Senior Ana Costa teamed up with partner Maya Gessner to win on Senior Day, and the No. 13 Cal beach volleyball team defeated UC Davis 4-1 on Saturday afternoon at the Clark Kerr Sand Courts.
Costa and fellow seniors Ashley Delgado, Mima Mirkovic, Kate Bierly, Francesca Gettings and Katie Smoot were honored before the dual in a special ceremony, and the Bears (19-6) then went out and wrapped up a perfect weekend during their only home competitions of the season. Cal also defeated USF and No. 16 Long Beach State on Friday.
The Bears' No. 1 pair of Ainsley Radell and Ava Mann as well as their No. 4 pair of Ella Dreibholz and Lexi McKeown also recorded sweeps over the Aggies. Cal's No. 5 pair of Ella Sears and Natalie Martin won a three-set match, 16-21, 21-16, 18-16.
While the Bears' top two pairs won in sweeps, they were each pushed hard in the first set. Radell and Mann won 24-22, 21-12 while Costa and Gessner took their match, 24-22, 21-15.
Cal's No. 3 pair of Brooke Buchner and Delgado took their match to three sets before losing, 22-20, 19-21, 15-9.
Dreibholz and McKeown cruised to a 21-14, 21-9 win.
The Bears return to action next weekend at the Pac-12 North Invitational, where they will meet No. 1 UCLA, No. 2 USC, No. 8 Stanford and Utah.
# 13 Cal 4, UC Davis 1
#1 – Ainsley Radell/Ava Mann (Cal) def. Chelsea Maeglin (UCD) – 24-22, 21-12
#2 – Ana Costa/Maya Gessner (Cal) def. Megan Luly/Morgan Coolbaugh (UCD) – 24-22, 21-15
#3 –Lily Justine/Tabitha Mitchell (UCD) def. Brooke Buchner/Ashley Delgado (Cal) – 22-20, 19-21, 15-9
#4 – Ella Dreibholz/Lexi McKeown (Cal) def. Kylie Miller/Rose Holscher (UCD) – 21-14, 21-9
#5 – Ella Sears/Natalie Martin (Cal) def. Ashlee Guycoochea/Mia Olen (UCD) – 16-21, 21-16, 18-16