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Utah Beach Volleyball Goes Undefeated Saturday, Downs Irvine Valley College and CSU Bakersfield

Apr 2, 2022

IRVINE, Calif. - Utah beach volleyball picked up two non-conference wins on Saturday after earning a 4-1 win over Irvine Valley College and a 3-2 win over CSU Bakersfield to close out the event in Irvine. With the pair of victories, Utah moves to 8-9 overall this season and has recorded the most wins in a season since the program started in 2017. 

Utah opened the day against hosts Irvine Valley College where courts three, four and five earned straight-set victories. Samantha Leight and Marissa Koch picked up a 21-9, 21-15 on court three, while Sommer Daniel and Lauren Sayre followed with a 21-11, 21-5 victory on court four. Rounding out the dominant wins was Kylie Pitzak and Sydney Jacinto with a 21-11, 21-9 victory on court five.

The final point for Utah of the dual was earned in three sets after Amaya Messier and Sage Patchell won their first set 23-21, but dropped the next 21-15. In the third set, the Utes got it done on court one 15-9 to take the dual 4-1. 

Utah then finished the weekend in Irvine with a thriller against CSU Bakersfield where the Utes picked up the 3-2 victory. Jacinto and Pitzak picked up their sixth straight win together on court five with a huge 22-20, 21-19 victory. Courts one and three fell for Utah, but the match would stay in play after Daniel/Sayre and Grace Andrews and Bella Vezzani each picked up a first set win and were headed to third sets. 

Both Daniel/Sayre and Andrews/Vezzani earned 15-9 wins in the third set to push Utah to a 3-2 win. The eight wins this season is a program record after Utah had previously had a high of five wins in a season. 

Utah will play at Manhattan Beach Pier twice on Sunday, Apr. 3, with matches against No. 9 Hawaii and No. 5 Loyola Marymount. Utah and Hawaii will compete at 12:30 p.m. MT, while Utah and LMU will play at 3:30 p.m. MT.

Utah 4, Irvine Valley College 1
1. Amaya Messier/Sage Patchell (UU) def. Nolan Bartett/Jolie Rasmussen (IVC) 23-21, 15-21, 15-9
2. Emily Gunter/Jacqueline Sanchez (IRV) def. Grace Andrews/Bella Vezzani (UU) 21-16, 21-14
3. Marissa Koch/Samantha Leight (UU) def. Dianono Brogan/Chloe Swanson (IVC) 21-9, 21-15
4. Sommer Daniel/Lauren Sayre (UU) def. Natalee Gray/Alex Pestolis (IVC) 21-11, 21-5
5. Sydney Jacinto/Kylie Pitzak (UU) def. Gabi Brown/Sevilla Lauteneker (IVC) 21-11, 21-9

Utah 3, CSU Bakersfield 2
1. Cameron Solberg/Milica Vukobrat (CSUB) def. Amaya Messier/Sage Patchell (UU) 21-17, 21-14
2. Grace Andrews/Bella Vezzani (UU) def. Sophia Hladyniuk/Hana Makanova (CSUB) 23-21, 15-21, 15-9
3. Brooke Boiseau/Anna Unke (CSUB) def. Marissa Koch/Samantha Leight (UU) 21-18, 21-11
4. Sommer Daniel/Lauren Sayre (UU) def. Lerisa Elisaia/Alaina Gendale (CSUB) 21-15, 13-21, 15-9
5. Sydney Jacinto/Kylie Pitzak (UU) def. Paige Calvin/Hayley McCluskey (CSUB) 22-20, 21-19