LOS ANGELES, Calif. – The Arizona beach volleyball team took on their second Top 20 opponent in as many days at the Pac-12 South Invitational, and in the end it was No. 12 California that came out on top by a score of 5-0.
Arizona falls to 5-2 on the season while Cal improves to 4-2.
In the lone match to go three sets, the No. 1 pair of Sarah Blacker and Alex Parkhurst dropped the first set to Ella Dreibholz and Maya Gessner, 21-14, before rallying for the 24-22 win in set two. Then in the final set, it was back and forth the entire way before Cal pulled out the final three points to get the 15-12 win.
Next up for Arizona will be a visit to No. 18 Pepperdine next weekend for matches against the Waves and San Francisco.
No. 12 California – 5, No. 17 Arizona – 0
At Merle Norman Stadium
Court 1: Ella Dreibholz/Maya Gessner (CAL) def. Sarah Blacker/Alex Parkhurst (ARIZ); 21-14, 22-24, 15-12
Court 2: Ashley Delgado/Ainsley Radell (CAL) def. Grace Cook/Alana Rennie (ARIZ); 21-14, 21-15
Court 3: Lexi McKeown/Alex Young-Gomez (CAL) def. Abby Russell/Hope Shannon (ARIZ); 21-15, 21-13
Court 4: Sierra Caffo/Liz Waters-Leiga (CAL) def. Kylee Fitzsimmons/Caroline White (ARIZ); 21-17, 21-13
Court 5: Brooke Buchner/Natalie Martin (CAL) def. Miranda Erro/Annie Kost (ARIZ); 21-17, 21-17
Order of finish: 2, 4, 3*, 5, 1
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