Sand volleyball loses to both Stanford, St. Mary’s in seven-team tournament

Maikalina Madali

The Hornets’ sand volleyball team dropped to a 1-4 record on Sunday after losing a close 3-2 match to Stanford University and a 5-0 match to Saint Mary’s College.

The games were a part of a seven-team tournament that included Stanford, St. Mary’s, UC Berkeley, University of the Pacific, University of San Francisco and Santa Clara University.

The two wins against Stanford came from the teams of Sac State seniors Jessie Genger and Sydney Kordic, and juniors Kayla Beal and Katie Aprile.

Genger and Kordic won a 3-2 game, scoring 23-21, 16-21 and 15-13. The duo hustled to cover the entire court and showcased their individual skill sets. Genger, an outside hitter for the indoor volleyball season, had 15 kills while Kordic, defensive specialist, conjured up 25 digs.

Beal and Aprile’s team blew away the competition in two sets of 21-8 and 21-14. Both women had good placement and caught Stanford off guard with their kills and tips.

The three other matches, played by Hannah Hettinga and Katelyn Ivy, Sloan Lovett and Lauren Aikels, and Kelsey Elston and Chelcy Motes, all lost by a combined four points.

“We had really good ball control through most of the matches, but serving at times was our weak point,” Borchin said. “Stanford is a big team so trying to get them out of system was key for us. At times we did that very well and at times we struggled.”

In the second match, the Hornets experienced a blowout against St. Mary’s, who won three matches 2-0, 3-2 and 3-2.

“As the game went on, we did some good things and learned what we should do in our next game,” Kordic said. “St. Mary’s is really good and experienced, but I definitely think they were beatable. Jessie and I have really grown since we were first partners.”

Although the day ended with two losses, head coach Ruben Volta was optimistic of the team’s performance and said the Hornet’s continue to improve.

“I’m really happy, I think we played very well,” Volta said. “The Stanford match had some really close games by just a few points. We’re getting better and better with a lot of improvement by our teams.”

The Hornets return to the sand for their last home game of the season when they face UC Berkeley, Saturday at noon.