SANTA CRUZ, Calif. — Santa Clara beach volleyball claimed its first dual victory of the 2019 season on Friday afternoon at the West Coast Conference Midseason Invitational. The Broncos topped San Francisco 4-1 in the second contest of the day after losing 5-0 to No. 18 Saint Mary's in the opener at Santa Cruz Main Beach.
The Broncos (1-3) won at the 1, 2, 3 and 5 positions against the Dons (7-8) in their second competition of the two-day event, which resumes Saturday. They play the first of at least two matches at 10 a.m. against Pacific.
Michelle Gajdka/Tessie Powers (No. 1) and Alex Anthony/Chloe Loreen (No. 2) won in straight sets against the Dons with one set in each match going past the 21-point mark. Anthony/Loreen are now 2-1 on the year at the No. 2 spot. Kathryn Decker scored the first match win of her Bronco career alongside Liliana Light at No. 4 and Brittany Gillingham/Gretchen Reinert scored their first match wins with SCU at No. 5.
The Gaels (11-5) took all five matches in straight sets in the opener. The Saint Mary's tandem of Sarah Chase/Lindsey Knudsen claimed the top spot with a 21-12, 21-11 win over Anthony/Loreen. Santa Clara's Gillingham/Reinert kept their tilt with Alexsa "Crash" Parker/Sienna Young close, but fell 21-19, 21-15.
NO. 18 SAINT MARY'S 5 SANTA CLARA 0
SANTA CLARA 4 SAN FRANCISCO 1
5. Brittany Gillingham/Grechen Reinert (SCU) def. Tanner Shayne Pemberton/Sophie Sydenham (USF), 21-16, 21-18
SATURDAY MATCHUPS (EACH TEAM PLAYS AT LEAST TWO DUALS)
9 a.m. – Portland vs. San Francisco
10 a.m. – Santa Clara vs. Pacific
11 a.m. – Winner of Portland/San Francisco vs. Saint Mary's
Noon – Winner of Santa Clara/Pacific vs. Loyola Marymount
Fifth Place Match
1 p.m. – Loser of Portland/San Francisco vs. Loser of Santa Clara/Pacific
Bronze Medal Match
2 p.m. – TBD vs TBD
Gold Medal Match
3 p.m. – TBD vs TBD
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