PHOENIX — Santa Clara beach volleyball capped its Arizona trip with a loss at No. 15 Grand Canyon on Sunday. The Broncos, playing for the fifth time in three days, fell 5-0 to the Antelopes at GCU Beach Volleyball Stadium.
The Antelopes (19-8) extended their winning streak to four duals. The Broncos (2-13) faced ranked opposition three times over the last three days, including a pair of matchups against No. 13 Arizona. Caroline Caruso played her first official match for Santa Clara at the No. 1 spot alongside Michelle Gajdka.
"Playing three matches against ranked teams this weekend was a great learning experience for us and will prepare as well for next weekend at the conference tournament against teams like Pepperdine, Loyola Marymount, and Saint Mary's," associate head coach Jeff Alzina said.
NO. 15 GRAND CANYON 5 SANTA CLARA 0
1. Mikaela Raudsepp/Jessica Stansfield (GCU) def. Michelle Gajdka/Caroline Caruso (SCU) 21-7, 21-10
2. Hannah Towne/Katie Hess (GCU) def. Kathryn Decker/Gretchen Reinert (SCU) 21-8, 21-12
3. Jamie Walsh/Anaya Evans (GCU) def. Alex Anthony/Chloe Loreen (SCU) 21-17, 21-15
4. Ava Elia/Micaela Mirabal (GCU) def. Liliana Light/Brittany Gillingham (SCU) 21-16, 21-13
5. Taylor Jarzombek/Esmee Priem (GCU) def. Alexa Dreyer/Natalia Rentsch (SCU) 21-11, 21-13
6 (Ex). Jasmine Hanna/Elizabeth Kloos (GCU) def. Liliana Light/Alex Anthony (SCU) 21-10, 21-17
Santa Clara begins the two-day West Coast Conference Championship on Friday, April 19 at Ocean Park Beach in Santa Monica, California.
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