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Cal Takes Down Santa Clara

Apr 15, 2022

SANTA CLARA, CALIFORNIA No. 12 California beach volleyball won its only match of the weekend over Santa Clara, 4-1, on Friday afternoon at the Santa Clara Beach Volleyball courts. Cal moved to 21-9 on the year, while Santa Clara dropped to 8-15.
The Bears earned their first point of the afternoon on court three as Brooke Buchner and Ashley Delgado defeated Alexia Inman and Alexie Epstein. Inman, who graduated from Cal last spring, played four matches with Buchner last year as the pair went 3-1. In the matchup between former teammates, the current Bear came out on top as they won the first set 21-11 and followed it up with a dominant second set to win 21-13 and claim the first point of the day.
Cal went up 2-0 on court four as Ella Dreibholz and Lexi McKeown continued their outstanding play this year by winning 21-19, 21-16. The duo moved to 19-3 on the season and is now tied for fifth for most wins by a pair in school history. They've also won 86.4% of their matches and rank sixth in school history for best winning percentage by a pair in a season.
The Bears lost on the top court as Ana Costa and Maya Gessner could not pull out the back-and-forth affair. Cal won 21-19 in the first set, but dropped the second set 21-15. In the third set, the teams traded points before Santa Clara won 23-21 in a match that was played to 15, but needing to win by two.
Cal secured the match on court five as Natalie Martin and Alex Young-Gomez won while playing their first match together as a pair. The two Cal newcomers took the first set 21-15, but did even better in the second set as they won 21-13.
The Bears collected their fourth point on court two as Ava Mann and Ainsley Radell won their 18th match of the season. The tandem wrapped up the day with a straight-set victory over Santa Clara's Elena Radeff and Casey Campbell, 21-9, 21-15.
No. 12 Cal 4, Santa Clara 1
#1 - Julia Sangiacomo/Michelle Shaffer (SCU) def. Ana Costa/Maya Gessner (Cal) – 19-21, 21-15, 23-21
#2 – Ava Mann/Ainsley Radell (Cal) def. Elena Radeff/Casey Campbell (SCU) – 21-9, 21-15
#3 – Brooke Buchner/Ashley Delgado (Cal) def. Alexia Inman/Alexie Epstein (SCU) – 21-11, 21-13
#4 - Ella Dreibholz/Lexi McKeown (Cal) def. Sophia Tulino/Claire Doud (SCU) – 21-19, 21-16
#5 – Alex Young-Gomez/Natalie Martin (Cal) def. Jordan Bennett/Alexia Gallegos (SC) – 21-15, 21-13
Order of finish: 3,4,1,5,2
The Bears will be back in action next weekend with a pair of doubleheaders at Stanford. The Bears will play No. 7 Grand Canyon and No. 9 Stanford on Saturday at 11 a.m. and 5 p.m., respectively. On Sunday, the Bears will take on Saint Mary's (CA) at 11 a.m. and Washington at 3 p.m. on the final day of the regular season.  
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