Lauren Stivrins hammers down a kill against Benedictine University at Mesa.
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Huskers Top Benedictine at Mesa to Begin Season

By NU Athletic Communications

The Nebraska beach volleyball team began its season with a 4-1 win on Friday evening at Benedictine University at Mesa in Arizona. 

Three Husker pairs won in straight sets. Kelly Hunter and Annika Albrecht were 21-10, 21-13 winners as NU's No. 2 pair; Kenzie Maloney and Sami Slaughter won 21-16, 21-14 as the No. 3 pair, and Allie Havers and Jasmine Schmidt swept 21-10, 21-15 as the No. 4 pair. The Huskers' top pair, Lauren Stivrins and Jazz Sweet, won 21-19, 17-21, 15-13 against the Redhawks' top pair. 

Maloney and Chesney McClellan also won an exhibition match in three sets, 21-17, 18-21, 15-10. 

Nebraska (1-0) will play No. 6 LSU on Saturday at 11:30 a.m. at Grand Canyon University's Beach Volleyball Stadium in Phoenix, and the Big Red will cap the night against No. 11 Cal Poly in Tempe at 5 p.m. at the PERA Club. 

Nebraska 4, Benedictine University at Mesa 1
No. 1 - Stivrins/Sweet (NEB) def. Woods/McCullough (BEN), 21-19, 17-21, 15-13
No. 2 - Hunter/Albrecht (NEB) def. Sammons/Nelson (BEN), 21-10, 21-13
No. 3 - Maloney/Slaughter (NEB) def. Block/Burke (BEN), 21-16, 21-14
No. 4 - Havers/Schmidt (NEB) def. Renteria/Mirzapour (BEN), 21-10, 21-15
No. 5 - Boucher/Peters (BEN) def. Densberger/Szabo (NEB), 21-15, 21-13
(Exh) - McClellan/Maloney (NEB) def. Evans/Martinez (BEN), 21-17, 18-21, 15-10


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