(Phoenix, AZ) The Mt. SAC Beach Volleyball Team took to the road Friday and Saturday to compete in the Grand Canyon University Tournament.
The Mounties (9-9) arrived in Phoenix on Thursday (4/4) with a practice at GCU, preparing for their weekend of matches against 4 year schools.
The trip started by defeating NAIA Arizona Christian University (2-16), 4-1 on Friday, April 5th in a non-conference match at Victory Lane Sports Complex.
The Mounties then played against three NCAA DI teams over the next two days at GCU. In the final two matches on Friday, they fell to both No. 7-Ranked Cal Poly San Luis Obispo (17-6) and University of Alabama at Birmingham (12-11) by 5-0 scores.
On Saturday's lone morning match No. 15 Grand Canyon University (17-8) blanked the Mounties, 5-0.
In the first match of the trip against ACU, three of the four Mt. SAC wins were in straight sets, which was the 2's (Malia Carr/Shaiann Palos), 3's (Lindsey Lane/Alysha Tullar) and 4's (Macy Barnes/Jessica Morse). The 5's (Jocelyn Portillo/Brianda Valdez) won the first set, 21-9, lost the second, 21-10, but took the third, 19-17.
Gomez/Neely have had a good season this season, compiling an 11-7 overall record.
In an exhibition match, Mt. SAC's Natalya Fajardo/Aya Al-Juraishi fell in straight sets, 17-21, 12-21.
Mt. SAC 4, Arizona Christian University 1
No. 7 Cal Poly San Luis Obispo 5, Mt. SAC 0
No. 5 - Sjea Anderson/Livy Lee (CP) def. Jocelyn Portillo/Brianna Valdez (Mt. SAC), 21-9, 21-10
University of Alabama at Birmingham 5, Mt. SAC 0
No. 15 Grand Canyon University 5, Mt. SAC 0
Exhibition: Jasmine Hanna/Elizabeth Kloos (GCU) def. Natalya Fajardo/Aya Al-Juraishi (Mt. SAC), 21-6, 21-8
The Mounties return home for the last regular-season match of the year and the debut of their new beach volleyball court against conference foe Rio Hondo Friday (4/12). First serve is 9:00 am.
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For additional information, please contact the Mt. SAC Sports Information Office at 909.274.4630.