Tuesday, 23 April 2024

NCAA Beach Volleyball

No. 6 Bears Wrap Up Death Volley Invitational

No. 6 Bears Wrap Up Death Volley Invitational

Pally, Young-Gomez Finish Weekend With 4 Sweeps

BATON ROUGE, La. – The No. 6 California beach volleyball team closed out the Death Volley Invitational on Saturday with a 4-1 victory over No. 17 Florida Atlantic and a 3-2 loss to No. 4 TCU.

Cal’s 3s pair of Marilu Pally and Alexandria Young-Gomez finished off an undefeated 4-0 weekend to lead the Golden Bears, who are now 15-7 overall on the year.

Cal 4, Florida Atlantic 1

The Bears followed up Friday’s win over No. 10 LSU with a second straight 4-1 triumph, downing FAU (12-11) in their first match of the morning.

Cal’s 3s, 4s and 5s pairings made quick work of their opponents, each earning a sweep and winning every set by at least four points. On court one, Sierra Caffo and Kendall Peters pulled out a three-setter for their first win of the weekend, 21-17, 18-21, 15-10.

The dual win was Cal’s fifth in its last seven matches against top-20 ranked teams.

1. Sierra Caffo/Kendall Peters (CAL) def. Marketa Svozilova/Courtney Moon (FAU) 21-17, 18-21, 15-10

2. Julie Honzovicova/Ashleigh Adams (FAU) def. Emma Donley/Gia Fisher (CAL) 21-15, 17-21, 15-13

3. Marilu Pally/Alex Young-Gomez (CAL) def. Reese Edwards/Sloane Woolwine (FAU) 21-13, 21-15

4. Lara Boos/Jenna Colligan (CAL) def. Kate McLaughlin/Logan Mignerey (FAU) 21-14, 21-12

5. Portia Sherman/Ella Dreibholz (CAL) def. Olivia Strandberg/Mikayla Law-Heese (FAU) 21-14, 21-17

TCU 3, Cal 2

Looking for their third win against a top-5 team this year, the Bears ended the weekend against No. 4 TCU (19-5) and found themselves even after wave one thanks to another sweep by Boos and Colligan, 21-16, 21-17 in the 4s matchup.Β 

Pally and Young-Gomez – who had played together just one time prior to this weekend – picked up Cal’s second win of the match, 21-18, 21-19. They finished a perfect 8-for-8 on sets for the weekend, improving to 5-0 as a pair dating back to last year.

However, the Bears’ win streak came to an end as they were defeated by just two points in the third set of both the No. 2 and No. 5 matchups.

1. Hailey Hamlett/Sutton MacTavish (TCU) def. Sierra Caffo/Kendall Peters (CAL) 21-19, 21-12

2. Anhelina Khmil/Ana Vergara (TCU) def. Emma Donley/Gia Fisher (CAL) 18-21, 21-17, 16-14

3. Marilu Pally/Alex Young-Gomez (CAL) def. Tara Patton/Morgan Williams (TCU) 21-18, 21-19

4. Lara Boos/Jenna Colligan (CAL) def. Luana Araco/Hallie Corinne Frist (TCU) 21-16,…

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