PALO ALTO, Calif. – Katrin Gotterba and Alex Holt had another outstanding performance as the Pacific beach volleyball team's No. 3 pair after defeating Stanford's Kate Formico and Catherine Raquel by setscores of 19-21, 26-24 and 18-16.
The Tigers (6-8) fell to the nationally-ranked Cardinal, 4-1, despite Emily Baptista/Maycie LaBass and Ashlyn Fleming/Taylor Poncetta also taking their respective opponents to three sets. Only two points decided each of the three sets for Baptista/LaBass, after dropping the first set 19-21 they snagged a 26-24 win in set two and then dropped a 16-18 loss in the deciding set. Then Fleming and Poncetta opened their match with a three-point (21-18) victory before being edged by Stanford's Blake Sharp and Shannon Richardson in the final two sets, 25-23, 15-13.
Stanford finished with a split on the day after also falling to No. 5 Cal Poly. The Cardinal are now 13-7 on the season.
Pacific returns to the Stanford Beach Volleyball Stadium Sunday for the second day of the West Coast Classic. The Tigers will open the day with a 10:00 a.m. match against No. 2 UCLA and will face No. 5 Cal Poly at 3:00 p.m.
Morgan Hentz/Amelia Smith (STAN) def Andie Shelton/Skylar Wine (PAC) – 18-21, 15-21
Courtney Bowen/Sunny Villapando (STAN) def. Kaitlyn Lines/Roni Long (PAC) – 11-21, 14-21
Katrin Gotterba/Alex Holt (PAC) def. Kate Formico/Catherine Raquel (STAN) – 19-21, 26-24, 18-16
Payton Chang/Caitlin Keefe (STAN) def. Emily Baptista/Maycie LaBass (PAC) – 19-21, 21-19, 16-18
Shannon Richardson/Blake Sharp (STAN) def. Ashlyn Fleming/Taylor Poncetta (PAC) – 21-18, 23-25, 13-15
Exh. - Hanne De Schrijver/Olivia Petnicki (PAC) def. Kat Anderson/Chelsea Red-Horse Mohl (STAN) – 21-17, 21-10