Madi Kubik (above) and Mari Kurkova earned an emphatic 21-8, 21-9 win against Colorado Mesa.
Photo by Isabel Thalken/Nebraska Communications

Huskers Fall to Colorado Mesa, Long Beach State

By NU Athletic Communications

The Nebraska beach volleyball team dropped two matches on Friday at the Belmont Shore Challenge in Long Beach, California. The Huskers fell 3-2 to Colorado Mesa and 4-1 to No. 9 Long Beach State. 

In the first match against Colorado Mesa, Nicklin Hames and Lauren Stivrins earned a 22-20, 21-11 win for the Huskers (12-10) in the No. 1 spot. Madi Kubik and Mari Kurkova were dominant in a 21-8, 21-9 win as the No. 3 pair. Needing just one win in the other three matches, the Huskers came up just short in three sets at No. 2 and No. 4. Kenzie Knuckles and Jazz Sweet won their second set, 21-19, but fell 12-15 in set three. At No. 4, Hayley Densberger and Anezka Szabo took set one, 21-17, but dropped set two and then the final set, 15-12. 

Against the 12th-ranked 49ers, Densberger and Szabo secured the one point for the Huskers with a 19-21, 21-18, 18-16 comeback win. The other four Husker pairs dropped their matches in straight sets. 

The Huskers conclude the Belmont Shore Challenge and the season with matches against No. 14 Stanford (11 a.m. CT) and Washington (Noon CT) on Saturday. 

Colorado Mesa 3, Nebraska 2
1. Hames/Stivrins (NEB) def. Scherr/Valdez, 22-20, 21-11
2. Lachemann/Pierrine (CMU) def. Knuckles/Sweet, 21-19, 19-21, 15-12
3. Kubik/Kurkova (NEB) def. Crane/Dixon, 21-8, 21-9
4. Norwood/Schmidt (CMU) def. Densberger/Szabo, 17-21, 21-11, 15-12
5. Dabrowski/Layman (CMU) def. Miller/Schwarzenbach, 21-15, 21-11

No. 9 Long Beach State 4, Nebraska 1
1. Reinkingl/Konstantopoulou (LBSU) def. Hames/Stivrins, 21-14, 21-17
2. Molina/Kruidhof (LBSU) def. Knuckles/Sweet, 21-9, 21-8
3. Koelschl/Stevens (LBSU) def. Kubik/Kurkova, 21-13, 21-11
4. Densberger/Szabo (NEB) def. Spriggs/Holtz, 19-21, 21-18, 18-16
5. Newlander/Major (LBSU) def. Miller/Schwarzenbach, 21-14, 21-13

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