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Cal Defeats ASU, Falls To UCLA

Apr 29, 2022

TUCSON, Ariz. – Fourth-seeded California beach volleyball defeated sixth-seed Arizona State without dropping a set to advance to the finals of the contenders bracket. However, the Bears dropped the match vs. No. 2 seed UCLA, 3-1, to end their run at the Pac-12 Championship on Friday at Bear Down Beach.
Cal finished the tournament in third place and moved to 26-12 on the season, bettering the school record for wins in a season that was initially set with Thursday's victory over Stanford. The Bears will hope to have the opportunity to add to their record with their first appearance at the NCAA Championship. Cal will learn their fate at the NCAA Selection Show Saturday.

Ainsley Radell and Ashley Delgado were named to the Pac-12 All-Tournament Team after the duo went 3-0 with two unfinished matches in Cal's five matches at the Pac-12 Tournament. The duo recorded wins over Arizona, Oregon and Stanford while playing at the No. 2 pair for the Bears. 
#4 Cal 3, #6 Arizona State 0
The Bears started Championship Friday with a convincing win over No. 6 seed Arizona State. The Bears won the first set on all five courts before completing the sweep as they did not drop a set vs. the Sun Devils.
Ana Costa and Maya Gessner got the Bears started with a straight set victory on court one. The duo, who has won four matchups against top 10 opponents since being put together a month ago, came out and was dominant with a 21-12, 21-15 victory to score the first point of the dual.
Ava Mann and Brooke Buchner were tied at 11 with the ASU pair after the fist 22 points in the first set, but the Bears finished the match outscoring ASU 11-7 to take the first set. They came back in the second set and won 21-18 to put the second point on the board for the Bears.
After a slow start, Lexi McKeown and Ella Dreibholz turned it on to secure a straight-set win and clinch the match for the Bears. The pair was down 9-12 at the technical timeout of the first set, but finished on a 12-7 run to claim the first set. They carried that momentum into the second set as they rolled to a 21-10 victory to clinch the match. McKeown and Dreibholz won their 23rd match as a pair, tying for the second-most wins by a Cal pair in a season.
Ashley Delgado and Ainsley Radell won the first set on court two 21-9 and were on the verge of claiming a point for the Bears as they led 19-17 in the second set when the Bears clinched the match. Natalie Martin and Alex Young-Gomez won the first set 21-19 at court five.
#1 – Ana Costa/Maya Gessner (Cal) def. Cierra Flood/Lexi Sweeney (ASU) – 21-12, 21-15
#2 – Ashley Delgado/Ainsley Radell (Cal) vs. Lila Bordis/Anya Pemberton (ASU) – 21-9, 19-17 unf.
#3 – Ella Dreibholz/Lexi McKeown (Cal) def. Sarah Waters/Rylie Kael (ASU) – 21-19, 21-10
#4 – Ava Mann/Brooke Buchner (Cal) def. Kylie Wickley/Kate Fitzgerald (ASU) – 21-17, 21-18  
#5 – Natalie Martin/Alex Young-Gomez (Cal) vs. Taryn Ames/Maddy Salazar (ASU) – 21-19, 15-20, unf.
Order of finish: 1,4,3
#2 UCLA 3, #4 Cal 0
The Bears fought valiantly in their second match of the day against No. 2 seed and third-ranked UCLA in the finals.
UCLA picked up the first point at court three with a 21-18, 21-14 win. On court one, Costa and Gessner fought back from an 18-14 deficit to tie the match at 18 in the first set, but UCLA scored three of the next four points to claim the win, 21-18, 21-15.
UCLA secured the match on court five with a 21-18, 21-17 win.
The Bears were set to secure a point on court four as Ava Mann and Brooke Buchner were playing well. They won the first set 21-18 and were leading 19-17 in the second set when the match was called. The duo has only played six matches together, and they are now sporting a 4-1 record and would have made it 5-1 if they had been able to complete Friday's match.
#1 – Abby Van Winkle/Lexy Denaburg (UCLA) def. Ana Costa/Maya Gessner (Cal) – 21-19, 21-15
#2 – Ashley Delgado/Ainsley Radell (Cal) vs. Devon Newberry/Jaden Whitmarsh (UCLA) – 17-21, 15-14, unf.
#3 – Lea Monkhouse/Jessie Smith (UCLA) def. Ella Dreibholz/Lexi McKeown (Cal)  – 21-18, 21-14
#4 – Ava Mann/Brooke Buchner (Cal) def. Rileigh Powers/Marlie Monserez (UCLA) – 21-18, 19-17, unf.
#5 –Natalie Myszkowski/Sophie Moore (UCLA) def. Natalie Martin/Alex Young-Gomez (Cal) – 21-18, 21-17
Order of finish: 3,1,5
The Bears will now wait for the NCAA Selection Show to find out if they are headed to Gulf Shores, Alabama for the NCAA Championship. The selection show will take place at 6 p.m. PT on Saturday evening on The NCAA Championship will begin Wednesday, May 4.
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