Tempe, Ariz. - The Nebraska sand volleyball team posted a 3-2 victory over the Arizona State Sun Devils on Wednesday afternoon in Tempe, Ariz., marking the Huskers’ first dual win of the 2014 season.
In a closely-contested match, Nebraska’s No. 1 squad of Justine Wong-Orantes and Melanie Keil helped propel NU to the win with a three-set (16-21, 21-16, 15-11) defeat of Bianca Arellano and Bethany Jorgensen.
Alexa Ethridge and Cecilia Hall tallied a two-set (23-21, 21-18) win over Jordy Checkal and Kizzy Willey in the No. 3 spot, while NU’s No. 4 duo of Brenna Lyles and Alicia Ostrander pulled ahead in a three-set (16-21, 21-12, 15-10) win over Genevieve Priotte and BreElle Bailey.
Nebraska’s second-ranked pair of Amber Rolfzen and Kira Larson fell in a close two-set (20-22, 18-22) match to Macey Gardner and Whitney Follette, while Mary Pollmiller and Kelsey Fien were edged by Andi Lowrance and Tuioti-Mariner in two sets (19-21, 20-22) at the No. 5 spot.
The Huskers will return to the sand tomorrow as they face Grand Canyon at 6 p.m. CT in Phoenix, Ariz.
Nebraska 3, ASU 2
1. Justine Wong-Orantes & Melanie Keil (Nebraska) def. Bianca Arellano & Bethany Jorgensen (ASU): 16-21, 21-16, 15-11
2. Macey Gardner & Whitney Follette (ASU) def. Amber Rolfzen & Kira Larson (Nebraska): 22-20, 22-18.
3. Alexa Ethridge & Cecilia Hall (Nebraska) def. Jordy Checkal & Kizzy Willey (ASU): 23-21, 21-18
4. Brenna Lyles & Alicia Ostrander (Nebraska) def. Genevieve Priotte & BreElle Bailey (ASU): 16-21, 21-12, 15-10
5. Andi Lowrance & Nora Tuioti-Mariner (ASU) def. Mary Pollmiller & Kelsey Fien (Nebraska): 21-19, 22-20
Order of finish:
5, 4, 3, 2,1*