VolleyMob’s National Beach Pair Of The Week: St. Mary’s Knudson & Rund

  0 Carly DeMarque | April 11th, 2017 | Beach, College - Beach, News, West Coast Conference

After stopping the most impressive collegiate beach streak to date, Saint Mary’s Lindsey Knudsen and Payton Rund earn this week’s VolleyMob National Beach Pair of the Week.

The #1 pair took down USC’s #1 pair of Sarah Hughes and Kelly Claes in a tight three set battle at the USA Volleyball Collegiate Challenge, ending their 103-match winning streak.

The first set of the match was all USC, as the Trojans took an easy 21-13 win and the 1-0 advantage in the match. The Gaels pair was not ready to give up though, keeping things interesting with a second set victory of 21-18 – making Knudsen and Rund just the third pair this season to take a set from Hughes and Claes.

Knudsen and Rund fought until the very last point to take the 17-15 win over the USC pair, handing the duo their first loss since April 2, 2015 – over two years ago.

On the day, Knudsen and Rund went 2-1, taking down Loyola Marymount’s Savannah Slattery and Sarah Sponcil in another three set decision 2-1, (22-20, 14-21, 15-9). The duo dropped their first match of that day to Arizona State’s Bianca Arellano and Whitney Follette in straight sets 2-0, (21-16, 21-18).

Earlier in the week, the pair was able to take care of Santa Clara’s Nikki Hess and Allison Kantor in two sets 2-0, (21-11, 21-18) and California’s Jessica Gafney and Mia Merino in straight sets 2-0, (21-11, 21-9).


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About Carly DeMarque

Carly DeMarque

Carly DeMarque has been involved with competitive volleyball for the majority of her life, playing competitively at the club and collegiate level for 15 years and coaching club for five. Now a retired Division I volleyball athlete out of McNeese State University, she continues her volleyball enthusiasm by stepping back into …

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