Sunday, 14 April 2024

NCAA Beach Volleyball

No. 6 Cal Set For Death Volley Invitational

No. 6 Cal Set For Death Volley Invitational

Bears Hold Highest Ranking Ever For 3rd Straight Week

BATON ROUGE, La. – Following a 1-1 split during Tuesday’s home doubleheader, the No. 6 California beach volleyball team heads back on the road this weekend for the Death Volley Invitational hosted by LSU. The Golden Bears will face four more top-20 teams, starting with rematches against the host No. 10 Tigers and No. 5 Florida State on Friday. On Saturday, Cal will take on No. 4 TCU and No. 17 Florida Atlantic for the first time this season.


Friday, March 29

No. 10 LSU (12-5) | 10:45 a.m.

No. 5 Florida State (19-2) | 2:30 p.m.

Saturday, March 30

No. 4 TCU (18-2) | 6 a.m.

No. 17 Florida Atlantic (12-7) | 1:30 p.m.

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The Bears played their only midweek duals of the season on Tuesday, sweeping Feather River 5-0 and falling 4-1 to No. 7 Cal Poly. Graduate student Lara Boos reached the 50-win career milestone in the victory over Feather River. Boos and sophomore Jenna Colligan followed that up with a 21-18, 18-21, 15-13 court-four win over the Mustangs.


Cal ended the East Meets West Invitational on March 16 with its second and third straight wins over top-15 teams, downing No. 11 Hawaii 3-2 and No. 15 Georgia State 4-1. The Bears followed that up with their sixth 10-for-10 win of the year over Feather River, giving them their second four-match win streak of the year. The streak initially began with a 4-1 victory over Florida State that ended the Seminoles’ 18-0 start to the season. The wins also coincided with a six-match win streak for Portia Sherman and Ella Dreibholz, the longest of any Cal pair in 2024.


Alexandria Young-Gomez heads to Baton Rouge one win away from joining Boos in the 50-win club. Young-Gomez owns a 49-22 career record and is 12-6 this season while partnered exclusively with standout freshman Emma Donley.


The Bears have compiled one of the nation’s best records on the 5s court (14-3), led by the combination of Sherman and Dreibholz. The pair – which initially formed at the club level prior to its Berkeley days – owns the best record on the team, going 6-0 on court four and 8-3 on court five.


After ending 2023 ranked seventh in the final AVCA poll, Cal entered this year with a No. 8 national ranking, three spots higher than its starting spot prior…

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