Beach Volleyball Splits Sunday At Stanford

Emily Baptista & Taylor Poncetta (photo by Christine Jacobsen)
Emily Baptista & Taylor Poncetta (photo by Christine Jacobsen)

PALO ALTO, Calif. - The Pacific beach volleyball team split its action Sunday at Stanford, posting a 4-1 win over Santa Clara, but being edged out by Stanford, 3-2.

The tandems of Lexi Elman & Andie Shelton and Emily Baptista & Taylor Poncetta each went 2-0 on the day.

Elman & Shelton swept Santa Clara's No. 1 pair of Nikki Hess & Allison Kantor, 21-15, 21-19. At No. 2, Katrin Gotterba & Maycie LaBass posted a win over Kirsten Mead & Jensen Cunningham, 21-15, 19-21, 15-10.

Baptista & Poncetta prevailed in three over Hailey Lindberg & Taylor Laugero, 18-21, 21-19, 17-15 at No. 3, while at No. 5, Ashlyn Fleming & Skylar Wine downed the pairing of Ngozi Nwabuzoh & Erin Reineking, 21-15, 21-15.

Santa Clara picked up the point at No. 4, where Tatiana San Juan & Michelle Gajdka edged Janie Feldsher & Alex Holt, 21-19, 21-19.


Against Stanford, Elman & Shelton delivered a No. 1 win over Kathryn Plummer & Jenna Gray 21-13, 13-21, 15-8.

Baptista & Poncetta posted an emphatic set two win to take a 2-0 victory over No. 3 Catherine Raquel & Shannon Richardson, 22-20, 21-13.

But Stnaford picked up wins at No. 2, as Ivana Vanjak & Payton Chang topped Gotterba & LaBass, 21-19, 21-12. At No. 4, Morgan Hentz & Caitlin Keefe downed Feldsher & Holt, 21-11, 21-13; while the No. 5 pair Courtney Bowen & Kat Anderson won over Fleming & Wine, 21-16, 21-15.

Pacific falls to 1-4 on the year and will face Boise State on friday at Raney Courts in a home match at 3:00 p.m.




Pacific 4, Santa Clara 1
1. Elman/Shelton (UOP) def. Hess/Kantor (SCU) 21-15, 21-19
2. Gotterba/LaBass (UOP) def. Mead/Cunningham (SCU) 21-15, 19-21, 15-10
3. Baptista/Poncetta (UOP) def. Lindberg/Laugero (SCU) 18-21, 21-19, 17-15
4. San Juan/Gajdka (SCU) def. Feldsher/Holt (UOP) 21-19, 21-19
5. Fleming/Wine (UOP) def. Nwabuzoh/Reineking (SCU) 21-15, 21-15

Stanford 3, Pacific 2
1. Elman/Shelton (UOP) def. Plummer/Gray (Stan) 21-13, 13-21, 15-8
2. Vanjak/Chang (Stan) def. Gotterba/LaBass (UOP) 21-19, 21-12
3. Baptista/Poncetta (UOP) def. Raquel/Richardson (Stan) 22-20, 21-13
4. Hentz/Keefe (Stan) def. Feldsher/Holt (UOP) 21-11, 21-13
5. Anderson/Bowen (Stan) def. Fleming/Wine (UOP) 21-16, 21-15