Beach Volleyball

Beach Volleyball Downed by New Mexico; Heads to Saint Mary's Tuesday

Nikki Hess was one of SCU's three Arizona natives that competed in her home state this weekend. (Stan Liu/Arizona Athletics)
Nikki Hess was one of SCU's three Arizona natives that competed in her home state this weekend. (Stan Liu/Arizona Athletics)

TUCSON, Ariz. — Santa Clara beach volleyball finished up its spring break slate with a 4-1 defeat against New Mexico Saturday as part of the Wildcat Spring Challenge at the Arizona Sand Volleyball Courts. The Broncos will head to Moraga, California to take on West Coast Conference foe Saint Mary's Tuesday at 3 p.m.

Hailey Lindberg/Taylor Laugero swept New Mexico's Jackie Baro/Carly Beddingfield 21-17, 21-16 at the No. 3 spot. Tatiana San Juan/Michelle Gajdka also picked up a set for the Broncos (0-8). The No. 4 pairing took the first frame against Eastyn Baleto/Victoria Spragg 21-11 before the New Mexico duo won a pair of sets decided by five points.

The Lobos (8-9) swept at No. 1, No. 2 and No. 5.

RESULTS

No. 1 - Cassie House/Ashley Kelsey (UNM) def. Nikki Hess/Allison Kantor (SCU); 21-13, 21-9

No. 2 - Devanne Sours/Lise Rugland (UNM) def. Kirsten Mead/Jensen Cunningham (SCU); 21-12, 21-19

No. 3 - Hailey Lindberg/Taylor Laugero (SCU) def. Jackie Baro/Carly Beddingfield (UNM); 21-17, 21-16

No. 4 - Eastyn Baleto/Victoria Spragg (UNM) def. Tatiana San Juan/Michelle Gajdka (SCU); 11-21, 21-16, 15-10

No. 5 - Julia Warren/Lauren Twitty (UNM) def. Ngozi Nwabuzoh/Erin Reineking (SCU); 21-14, 21-9

Order of Finish: 5-1-2-3-4 

UP NEXT — THE GAELS

Saint Mary's (13-4, 6-0 WCC) has won seven of its last eight matches. The Gaels swept San Francisco on Saturday and had a Sunday doubleheader that featured a sweep loss against No. 1 USC and a 3-2 victory over San José State. Santa Clara fell to Saint Mary's 4-1 in each team's first match of the season March 4 at Stanford.

The Broncos and Gaels rematch at 3 p.m. Tuesday.

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