Beach Volleyball

Beach Volleyball Finishes in Fourth Place at WCC Championship Saturday

Erin Reineking won two duals and went 5-4 in sets at No. 5 for the Broncos Friday and Saturday.
Erin Reineking won two duals and went 5-4 in sets at No. 5 for the Broncos Friday and Saturday.

CHAMPIONSHIP CENTRAL | DAY TWO RESULTS

SANTA MONICA, Calif. — Competing for the fourth time in a little more than a day and facing elimination for the third straight match, Santa Clara beach volleyball fell 5-0 against Saint Mary's Saturday morning during day two of the 2017 West Coast Conference Championship. The sixth-seeded Broncos, who met the second-seeded Gaels for the third time this season, scored a set win from Ngozi Nwabuzoh/Erin Reineking at No. 5.

The Broncos (3-12) wrap up the conference championship at 2-2, good for a fourth-place finish. They won elimination matches against seventh-seeded San Francisco, 3-2, and fourth-seeded Pacific, 4-1, on Friday afternoon after a morning defeat against third-seeded Loyola Marymount.

Nwabuzoh and Reineking traded 21-18 sets with Madi Wilkerson/Sienna Young at the fifth position before Saint Mary's tandem took the third set 15-10. Santa Clara's No. 5 team had the most success against the Gaels (19-9) in three matches this season; they picked up a dual win and three sets overall.

Each of the other four duals was decided in straight sets. Nikki Hess/Allison Kantor had the most competitive bout of those matchups at No. 1, keeping the competition close at 21-17, 21-16 against one of the conference's top pairs in Lindsey Knudsen/Payton Rund.

Santa Clara finishes the 2017 season with three victories in its last six matches. Kirsten Mead/Jensen Cunningham (No. 2) made up the most successful pair for the Broncos, going 7-7 in duals and 15-18 in sets this spring.

MATCH 10 (ELIMINATION): SAINT MARY'S (No. 2) 5 SANTA CLARA (No. 6) 0

No. 1 - Lindsey Knudsen/Payton Rund (SMC) def. Nikki Hess/Allison Kantor (SCU); 21-17, 21-16

No. 2 - Emily Bible/Sarah Chase (SMC) def. Kirsten Mead/Jensen Cunningham (SCU); 21-13, 21-18

No. 3 - Mary Hernandez/Alexis Salmons (SMC) def. Hailey Lindberg/Taylor Laugero (SCU); 21-12, 21-10

No. 4 - Lindsey Calvin/Alexsa Parker (SMC) def. Tatiana San Juan/Michelle Gajdka (SCU); 21-12, 21-13

No. 5 - Madi Wilkerson/Sienna Young (SMC) def. Ngozi Nwabuzoh/Erin Reineking (SCU); 21-18, 18-21, 15-10

Order of Finish: 2, 3, 4 (Clinched Match), 1, 5

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