VolleyMob Beach Pair of the Week: Bowen/Villapando, Stanford

  0 Wendy Mayer | April 17th, 2018 | College - Beach, News, Pac-12

Stanford’s court 2 duo of Courtney Bowen and Sunny Villapando pick up our VolleyMob Beach Pair of the Week honors for their efforts in a pair of Top 15 upsets at the Pac-North Invitational in Seattle.

Bowen, a junior from Brooklyn, New York, and Villapando, the freshman from Manhattan Beach, California, went 4-0 on the weekend en route to Pac-North all-tournament team honors. The pair bested foes from Oregon and No. 4 USC in straight sets on Saturday. The duo hung on for a 26-24, 28-30, 15-10 win in the upset of Cal and followed that with a straight-set win over Washington to seal that victory on Sunday. With the wins, Bowen/Villapando move to 6-0 on the season, including three victories over Top 20 foes.

Bowen went 7-9 with Jennifer DiSanto as a rookie and followed that with a 13-5 on Court 5 in 2017, mostly with Kat Anderson. The Pac-12 all-academic second team honoree boasted the highest winning percentage on the team as a sophomore.

Villapando was team captain of the Mira Costa High School beach volleyball team in 2017, winning a state championship and AVCA High School Beach Honorable Mention All-America honors. She was also a two-time indoor team MVP, earning the accolade her freshman and sophomore seasons.

As a team, Stanford is 16-10 on the year and brings a two-match win streak into a Saturday match at No. 13 California.


Date         Opponent (School)                       

4/14         def. Agost/Cole (Oregon) 21-17, 21-10

4/14         def. Dennis/Dorn (#4 USC) 21-16, 21-12

4/15         def. Dueck/Bark (#13 Cal) 26-24, 28-30, 15-10

4/15         def. Schwan/Julye (Washington) 21-13, 21-17


VolleyMob Beach Pairs of the Week

Feb. 27 – Francesca Goncalves/Sara Putt, Florida State

March 6 – Skylar Caputo/Alexis Filippone, Pepperdine

March 13 – Federica Frasca/Margherita Bianchin, Florida International

March 20 – Morgan Martin/Lea Monkhouse, Hawaii

March 27 – Abril Bustamante / Tina Graudina, USC

April 3 – Zana Muno/Savvy Simo, UCLA

April 10 – Raeann Greisen/Macy Gordon, Cal Poly

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About Wendy Mayer

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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