Nicklin Hames (above) and Lauren Stivrins defeated Washington's No. 1 pair, 21-18, 21-19.
Photo by Scott Bruhn/Nebraska Communications

Huskers Finish Beach Season in California

By NU Athletic Communications

The Nebraska beach volleyball team ended the 2019 season with a pair of losses in Long Beach, California on Saturday at the Belmont Shore Challenge. 

The Huskers fell to No. 14 Stanford, 5-0, and Washington, 4-1. Nebraska finished the season with a 12-12 record. 

Nicklin Hames and Lauren Stivrins picked up the only team point of the day for the Huskers with their 21-18, 21-19 win at No. 1 over Washington's Destiny Julye and Kristen Gengenbacher. Two other Husker pairs - Madi Kubik/Mari Kurkova and Hayley Densberger/Anezka Szabo - won the first sets of their matches but then fell in three. 

Against Stanford, Kubik/Kurkova and Hames/Stivrins also went three sets in their matches before falling to the 14th-ranked Cardinal. 

The Huskers will return home and begin preparations for the April 20 spring match against Colorado State in McCook. 

No. 14 Stanford 5, Nebraska 0
1. Ekstrom/Ashkinos (STAN) def. Hames/Stivrins, 21-11, 19-21, 15-10
2. Villapondo/Hentz (STAN) def. Knuckles/Sweet, 21-8, 21-18
3. Smith/Dailey (STAN) def. Kubik/Kurkova, 19-21, 21-17, 15-10
4. Sharp/Richardson (STAN) def. Densberger/Szabo, 21-16, 21-10
5. McKinney/Anderson (STAN) def. Miller/Schwarzenbach, 21-11, 21-11

Washington 4, Nebraska 1
1. Hames/Stivrins (NEB) def. Julye/Gengenbacher, 21-18, 21-19
2. McPherson/Bajemaa (UW) def. Knuckles/Sweet, 21-14, 21-14
3. McCoy/Drechsel (UW) def. Kubik/Kurkova, 19-21, 22-20, 15-13
4. Peterson/Calle (UW) def. Densberger/Szabo, 18-21, 21-11, 15-11
5. Newton/Weber (UW) def. Miller/Schwarzenbach, 21-9, 21-16

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