Beach Volleyball Set to Face No. 10 Arizona, San José State Sunday in Monterey

Tessie Powers (left) and Ngozi Nwabuzoh (right) are the only Broncos to play together for all six matches this season.
Tessie Powers (left) and Ngozi Nwabuzoh (right) are the only Broncos to play together for all six matches this season.

SANTA CLARA, Calif. — Santa Clara beach volleyball hits the midpoint of the 2018 season Sunday as part of a two-match lineup at the Monterey College Invitational. The Broncos (1-5) face Arizona (No. 10, 6-2) at 9 a.m. and San José State (RV, 5-6) at 2 p.m. at Monterey Bay Park in Monterey, California.

SCU continued a conference-heavy run to start the season with its fourth West Coast Conference matchup in six duals on Tuesday, March 13. The Broncos lost a 5-0 decision to Saint Mary's at Moraga Commons.

Anna McCreadie/Erin Reineking (No. 5) won the only set on the day for the Broncos in McCreadie's collegiate beach volleyball debut. Santa Clara used new pairings at four positions, including moving Hailey Lindberg up to play at the top spot alongside Kirsten Mead.

Individually, Reineking tops the team with eight set victories and is one of four Broncos with three dual wins for the year.


Entering Saturday, the nationally-ranked Wildcats are 1-2 in their last three matches after beginning the year at 5-0. Their only two defeats came at the hands of ranked opposition in No. 16 Loyola Marymount and No. 8 Long Beach State. Arizona takes on TCU (RV) and No. 6 Cal Poly on Saturday in San Luis Obispo, California.

Natalie Anselmo/Olivia Macdonald hold down the top post and have won all their duals at No. 1.


Entering Saturday, the Spartans have won just twice in their last eight contests, but are 2-1 in the last three matches. San José State takes on Pacific and No. 19 Cal on Saturday in Berkeley, California before squaring off against the Wildcats on Sunday morning.

Nandyala Gama/Lyndi Scholl have teamed up for all 11 matches this season. The pair is 6-3 at No. 1 and 1-1 at No. 2. The Spartans are 7-4 at the No. 4 and No. 5 positions.


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