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Cal Closes Regular Season With Doubleheader Win

Apr 24, 2022

STANFORD, CALIFORNIA No. 11 California beach volleyball scored a doubleheader victory on the final day of the regular season on Sunday at the Stanford Beach Volleyball Courts. Cal opened the day with a 4-1 victory over Saint Mary's (CA) then followed that with a 5-0 win over Pac-12 rival Washington.
No. 11 Cal 4, Saint Mary's (CA) 1
The Bears rebounded from two losses on Saturday with a win in the opening match of Sunday's competition over Saint Mary's (CA).
Cal secured the first point of the afternoon on court four as Ashley Delgado and Brooke Buchner won. The Cal pair dominated in the first set as they closed the first set on an 8-3 run to win 21-11. In the second set they got ahead 11-7 then coasted to the finish line, winning by that four-point margin, 21-17.
Saint Mary's fought back to earn a point on court two. Lexi McKeown and Ella Dreibholz won the first set 21-16, but the Cal pair fell in the second set 21-15. They fell behind 4-1 in the third set, but fought back, however the Gaels' pair of Jasmin Suarez and Boo Laird clinched the win 15-13.
On court three, Ava Mann and Ainsley Radell posted an emphatic win. They led 13-8 in the first set, and then closed with an 8-0 run to secure the set 21-8. In the second set, things were much tighter, but the Bears were able to claim the victory 22-20 to go back ahead.
Cal locked up the dual on court five as Alex Young-Gomez and Natalie Martin secured a three-set win. The Cal pair won the first set 21-12, but they were pegged back in the second set, 20-22. However, the third set saw the Bears start on a 10-3 run on their way to cruising to a 15-5 win to claim the set and clinch the match.
Ana Costa and Maya Gessner added a fourth point for the Bears on the top court. The Cal duo raced out to a 21-9 victory in the first set. The second set was much closer as the Bears led 11-10 at the technical timeout. Neither team could gain separation as the two teams traded points until they were tied at 22. The Gaels scored to take a lead, but Cal scored the next three points to win 25-23.
#1 – Ana Costa/Maya Gessner (Cal) def. Chandler Cowell/Selbie Christensen (SMC) – 21-9, 25-23
#2 –Jasmin Suarez/Boo Laird (SMC) def. Ella Dreibholz/Lexi McKeown (Cal) – 16-21, 21-15, 15-13
#3 – Ava Mann/Ainsley Radell (Cal) def. Makenna Joyce/Karmin Brown (SMC) – 21-8, 22-20
#4 – Ashley Delgado/Brooke Buchner (Cal) def. Aeriel Sundt/Hawley Harrer (SMC) – 21-11, 21-17
#5 – Natalie Martin/Alex Young-Gomez (Cal) def. Ella Sandt/Genevieve Bane (SMC) – 21-12, 20-22, 15-5
Order of finish: 4,2,3,5,1
No. 11 Cal 5, Washington 0
The Bears faced off with Washington for the second time this year, in both matchups one team lost a player from the top pair in their previous match forcing a lineup reshuffle. In the first meeting, Mima Mirkovic was hurt in Cal's prior game vs. Arizona and the Bears fell to Washington. In this meeting, Washington's Chloe Loreen was hurt in the Huskies morning match, forcing former Cal interim head coach Derek Olson to reshuffle his Washington lineup. Cal capitalized with a thorough display in defeating the Huskies, 5-0.  
Cal collected its first point of the afternoon on court two as Dreibholz and McKeown earned their 21st win together as a pair this year. They are now alone in third place in school history for most wins as a pair in a single season. They trail two pairs from the 2018 season as Grace Campbell and Maddie Micheletti totaled 27 wins while Caroline Schafer and Mia Merino tallied 23 wins that year. McKeown and Dreibholz are now 21-5 and will look to add to that total in the postseason. Today, the duo won a tightly contested first set, 21-19. However, they opened things up early in the second set as they started on a 10-4 run in­ route to winning, 21-14.
Mann and Buchner played together for the first time this year and secured a straight set win 21-11, 21-14 on court four. The duo played together in 12 matches last year, but hadn't been paired up this season. They led the first set 5-4, but closed on an extended 16-7 run to put the set away.
Martin and Young-Gomez won in straight sets on court five to clinch the match for the Bears. They posted a 21-18 in the first set and a matching score in the second set for Cal's third point.
The Bears earned a fourth point at the top court as Costa and Gessner came back after losing the first set 21-15. They reversed that score in the second set, winning 21-15, before finishing the match with a 15-12 win in the decisive third set.
The Bears finished their day with a win on court three. Ainsley Radell and Ashley Delgado were playing their first match of the season together, but that didn't stop them from winning in straight sets vs. the Huskies. They won 21-17 in the first frame, before collecting a 21-15 victory in the second set to finish the day with a win.
#1 – Ana Costa/Maya Gessner (Cal) def. Paloma Bowman/Scarlett Dahl (UW) – 15-21, 21-15, 15-12
#2 – Ella Dreibholz/Lexi McKeown (Cal) def. Natalie Robinson/Audra Wilmes (UW) – 21-19, 21-14
#3 – Ashley Delgado/Ainsley Radell (Cal) def. Hannah Yerex/Maeve Griffin (UW) – 21-17, 21-15
#4 – Ava Mann/Brooke Buchner (Cal) def. Ashley Shook/Olivia Mikkelsen (UW) – 21-11, 21-14
#5 – Natalie Martin/Alex Young-Gomez (Cal) def. Kyra Peterson/Emma Calle (UW) – 21-18, 21-18
Order of finish: 2,4,5,1,3
The Bears played their final regular season matches of the season on Sunday. They will now head to the Pac-12 Championship, which will take place April 27-29 at Bear Down Beach in Tucson, Arizona.
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