Junior Grace Campbell and freshman Maddie Micheletti made history on Tuesday as the duo earned the University of California beach volleyball program’s first ever Pac-12 Beach Pair of the Week nod.
The duo, which was key in the Bears’ 3-2 wins over No. 20 Stanford and No. 12 Saint Mary’s last week, moved to 24-1 on the season, including 13 straight victories. The pair, which is ranked second among all Court 5 pairs nationally by collegebeachvb.com, dropped just five sets all season.
Campbell, a Manhattan Beach, California, native played on Courts 2 and 3 as a sophomore, registering two wins against ranked opponents and going on to earn Pac-12 All-Academic Honorable Mention accolades. As a rookie in 2016, she went 19-9 on Court 3 alongside Olivia Rodberg, knocking off six ranked opponents.
Micheletti, also a Manhattan Beach native, comes to Berkeley from Mira Costa High School, where she helped the school to four straight Pacific Interscholarstic League championships without losing a match and also earned the school its first IVBL state title.
No. 12 Cal (21-6) earned the No. 3 seed at this weekend’s Pac-12 Championships in Palo Alto, California, and will face Washington in the opening round at 2:30 p.m. ET Thursday.
April 17 vs. No. 20 Saint Mary’s
No. 5: Grace Campbell‐Maddie Micheletti (Cal) def. Madi Wilkerson‐Sienna Young, 21‐13, 21‐11
April 21 vs. No. 12 Stanford
No. 5: Grace Campbell‐Maddie Micheletti (Cal) def. Shannon Richardson‐Blake Sharp, 19‐21, 21‐13, 15‐9
2018 PAC-12 BEACH VOLLEYBALL PAIR OF THE WEEK
Feb. 27 – Abril Bustamante and Terese Cannon, USC
Mar. 6 – Morgan Hentz and Amelia Smith, STAN
Mar. 13 – Izzy Carey and Megan Muret, UCLA
Mar. 20 – Megan McNamara and Nicole McNamara, UCLA
Mar. 27 – Abril Bustamante and Tina Graudina, USC
April 2 – Zana Muno and Savvy Simo, UCLA
April 10 – Lily Justine and Sarah Sponcil, UCLA
April 17 – Courtney Bowen and Sunny Villapando, STAN
April 24 – Grace Campbell and Maddie Micheletti, CAL