UCLA Beach Wins Record 26th Straight Dual, GCU Edges Utah on Thursday

  0 Wendy Mayer | April 20th, 2018 | College - Beach, News, Pac-12

No. 1 UCLA picked up another Top 10 victory, downing No. 6 Long Beach State on the road Thursday to wrap the regular season, while No. 16 Grand Canyon bested Pac-12 foe Utah in their first home match in over a month.

Not only did the Bruins extend their school record dual match win streak to 26, the team bumped their season record to 31-3, also a school high-water mark.

Keeping with the record-setting efforts, Court 5 pair Izzy Carey and Megan Muret won their school record 26th straight match and now boast the team’s best mark at 29-5.

It was top duo Megan McNamara and Nicole McNamara, however, who notched a straight-set win to seal the victory, moving to 28-8 on the year. Meanwhile, Court 2 duo Lily Justine and Sarah Sponcil won their 11th straight match and climbed to 27-7 on the season.

No. 1 UCLA def. No. 6 Long Beach State, 4-1
LBSU Sand Courts • Long Beach, Calif.
Thursday, April 19, 2018
Records: UCLA (31-3), LBSU (23-6)
1. Nicole McNamara/Megan McNamara (UCLA) def. Nele Barber/Sasha Karelov (LBSU), 21-15, 21-19
2. Lily Justine/Sarah Sponcil (UCLA) def. Megan Kruidhof/Rachel Nieto (LBSU), 21-19, 21-17
3. Kristyna Adamcikova/Hailey Harward (LBSU) def. Mac May/Savvy Simo (UCLA), 21-19, 21-18
4. Madi Yeomans/Elise Zappia (UCLA) deIzzy Careystantopoulou/Nicci Reinking (LBSU), 18-21, 22-20, 15-13
5. Izzy Carey/Megan Muret (UCLA) def. Hannah Matt/Marisa Ramey (LBSU), 22-20, 21-19
EXH: Jamie McQuarrie/Chanti Holroyd (UCLA) vs. Emma Kirst/Alexis Patterson (LBSU), 21-17, 17-21
Order of finish: 2, 4, 1*, 5, 3


In the day’s other Top 20 match, No. 16 Grand Canyon downed Utah 4-1. The Utes’ Court 1 pair of Adora Anae and Dani Barton scored the lone victory for the team, grabbing their fourth straight win and moving to 6-5 on the season.

GCU took the rest of the matches, all in straight sets, in its first home match since March 10.

#16 Grand Canyon 4, Utah 1
1. Adora Anae/Dani Barton (Utah) def. Hannah Towne/Molly Turner (GCU), 21-17, 21-18
2. Bella Bauman/Jessica Stansfield (GCU) def. Tawnee Luafalemana/Melissa Powell (Utah), 21-16, 21-17
3. Madi Relaz/Katie Pyles (GCU) def. Berkeley Oblad/Bailey Choy (Utah), 21-15, 21-18
4. Katie Sarber/Natalie Honzovicova (GCU) def. Brianna Doehrmann/Kenzie Koerber (Utah), 21-9, 23-21
5. Jessica Clark/Jamie Walsh (GCU) def. Alexa Van Komen/Lauga Gauta(Utah), 21-17, 21-14

Winning Team Losing Team Score Winning Team Recap Losing Team Recap
#1 UCLA #6 Long Beach State 4-1. Link Link
#16 Grand Canyon Utah 4-1. Link Link

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Wendy Mayer

Wendy Mayer has worked in athletics media relations for the last 20 years. The Northwest Missouri State alumna is currently senior writer for Volleymob.com after spending the last 15 years with Purdue athletics.

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