Photo by Scott Bruhn/Nebraska Communications

Huskers Split Matches in El Cajon

By NU Athletic Communications

EL CAJON, Calif. - The Nebraska beach volleyball team split a pair of matches on Friday at Grossmont College in El Cajon, California.

The Huskers, now 2-1 on the season, stumbled 3-2 against Concordia-Irvine, but bounced back with a 4-1 victory over Grossmont College.

In the opening match, Nicklin Hames and Lauren Stivrins competed as NU’s No. 1 pair and swept their opponents 21-14, 21-14. The Eagles responded with three straight wins to claim the victory, but the team of Callie Schwarzenbach and Megan Miller gave the Huskers another victory in the fifth game, winning (21-12, 10-21, 15-10).

Nebraska closed out the day with four wins against Grossmont College. Hames and Stivrins set the tone as NU’s No. 1 pair with a 21-15, 16-21, 15-12 win. The Griffins fought back with a 19-21, 21-17, 15-12 win over the No. 2 pair of Mari Kurkova and Madi Kubik. The Big Red closed out the day with three victories coming from the teams of Jazz Sweet and Kenzie Knuckles (21-12, 17-21, 15-12), Hayley Densberger and Anezka Szabo (21-17, 19-21, 18-16) and the team of Miller and Capri Davis (21-13, 21-17).

Concordia-Irvine 3, Nebraska 2
1. Hames/Stivrins def. Bock/Keathley 21-14, 21-14
2. O’Neil/Bernzen def. Kurkova/Kubik 21-19, 21-10
3. Brown/Ryan def. Sweet/Knuckles 21-17, 21-17
4. McCarty/Clark def. Densberger/Szabo 21-17, 21-11
5. Schwarzenbach/Miller def. Wilson/Hanenburg 21-12, 10-21, 15-10

Nebraska 4, Grossmont 1
1. Hames/Stivrins def. Elizondo/Faa’agi 21-15, 16-21, 15-12
2. Sakasegawa/Goycoochea def. Kurkova/Kubik 19-21, 21-17, 15-12
3. Sweet/Knuckles def. Holden/Morris 21-12, 17-21, 15-12
4. Densberger/Szabo def. Vanlandingham/Barrera 21-17, 19-21, 18-16
5. Davis/Miller def. Sammartano/Holden 21-13, 21-17

Nebraska will play three matches on Saturday at Warm Waters Beach in Carlsbad, California: vs. West Valley (11:30 a.m. CT), vs. Rio Hondo (2:30 p.m. CT) and vs. MiraCosta (5:30 p.m. CT).

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