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Beach Volleyball splits against Santa Ana and Bakersfield

Photo Courtesy of DavesSportsImage
Photo Courtesy of DavesSportsImage

(Walnut, CA) Host Mt. San Antonio College (4-3) split a pair of non-conference matches on Friday, Feb. 25, defeating Santa Ana (0-6) by the score of 4-1 in the first and losing to Bakersfield (1-3), also by the score of 4-1, in the second.

 "We're the only (pairs) that lost against Santa Ana and the only ones that won against Santa Barbara," said freshman blocker Victoria Arnold, who along with Kylie Rhodes defeated SBCC, 17-21, 21-17, 15-13.

"I think the communication was there with Kylie and I. We did really well in the last match (against SBCC). I'm happy with how (the team) is doing now and I hope we can continue."

"In the second set (21-17 win) against Santa Barbara, we felt more confident," said freshman defender Kylie Rhodes, who played indoors with Victoria Arnold. "I really love playing beach.

"I'm excited to go for it and get better and I think Victoria and I are improving really well."

Against Bakersfield, the Mounties battled to three games in two of their sets. Had they won those, the match would've gone to Mt. SAC.

 "These are all tight games and I know it's a loss (vs. SBCC), but it's a close loss," Mt. SAC Beach Volleyball coach Danielle Diaz said. "It's hard to take a loss, but you still have to come out being proud of them. We still battled."

"I scheduled a pretty hard pre-season and it's just going to get us so ready for conference play."

The Mounties will take on Orange Coast College (3-0) at home on Friday, March 4 at 11 a.m.

Matches' results:

Mt. SAC 4 Santa Ana 1

1s Pair: Riley DeGroot/Allison Whiteman (MSAC) def. Angela Hill/Kassandra Zavala (SAC), 21-10, 21-7

2s Pair: JJ Quarrels/Diana Pelcastre (MSAC) def. Uchenna Ozokwo/Taylor Vagana (SAC), 21-15. 21-7

3s Pair: Bristol Christelman/Riannel Arevalo (MSAC) def, Kaiden Raif and Myrandah Zepeda (SAC), 21-12, 21-8

4s Pair:  Leslie Leon/Andrea Sanchez (SAC) def. Kylie Rhodes/Victoria Arnold (MSAC), 22-20, 14-21, 15-8

5s: MSAC won by forfeit

Santa Barbara 4 Mt. SAC 1

1s: Kelissa Lemoine/Emma Crabbe (BCC) def. DeGroot/Whiteman (MSAC), 21-12, 21-6

2s: Lily Krongold/Jaceline McKie (BCC) def. Christelman/Arevalo (MSAC) 15-21, 21-10, 15-8

3s: Irey Sandholt/Karoline Ruiz (BCC) def. Quarrels/Pelcastre (MSAC), 21-12, 17- 21, 15-7

4s: Flor Bustos/Caroline McCarty (BCC) def. Alicia Patterson/Savanna Corrales (MSAC), 21-18, 21-8

5s: Rhodes/Arnold (MSAC) def. Jordyn Anderson/Lanie DeSano (BCC), 21-17, 17-21, 15-13

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