COLUMBIA, S.C. – The Oregon sand volleyball team lost a pair of matches at the Gamecock Invitational, Saturday, going down to LSU and College of Charleston by matching scores of 4-1.
Shellsy Ashen and Martenne Bettendorf were again the bright spots in the Oregon lineup, winning both their matches and improving to 3-0 this season at the No. 4 position. The duo started by beating the LSU team of Malorie Pardo/Laura Whalen, 21-12, 21 18 and were taken to three sets against College of Charleston but came out victorious, 21-17, 17-21, 17-15.
The match against College of Charleston was a competitive one that could have swung either way, with four of the five matches going to three sets. The Ashen and Bettendorf were the only ones to come on the winning end though. Canace Finley/Natalie Bookout Gonzalez and Tatum Norton/Kacey Nady each fell 15-10 in their final sets while Liz Brenner and Amanda Benson lost the deciding set, 15-11.
Oregon will conclude the Gamecock Invitational, Sunday, with matches against Louisiana-Monroe at 6 a.m. PT and Alabama-Birmingham at 11:30 a.m. PT.
LSU 4, Oregon 1
1. Meghan Mannari/Katie Lindelow def. Amanda Benson/Canace Finley, 21-14, 21-14
2. Kaitlin Hatcher/Hellen Boyle def. Liz Brenner/Natalie Bookout Gonzalez, 21-13, 21-9
3. Victoria Boraski/Cati Leak def. Kacey Nady/Tatum Norton, 17-21, 21-19, 15-13
4. Shellsy Ashen/Martenne Bettendorf def. Malorie Pardo/Laura Whalen, 21-12, 21-18
5. Emma Hiller/Katarina Raicevic def. Serena Warner/Naya Crittenden, 21-14, 21-16
College of Charleston 4, Oregon 1
1. Darcy Dorton/Emily Neideffer def. Canace Finley/Natalie Bookout Gonzalez, 21-13, 14-21, 15-10
2. Melissa Morello/Cara Howley def. Liz Brenner/Amanda Benson, 23-25, 21-19, 15-11
3. Sloane White/Andi Zbonjniewicz def. Tatum Norton/Kacey Nady, 21-15, 18-21, 15-10
4. Martenne Bettendorf/Shellsy Ashen def. Catey Warren/Kari Fidelholtz, 21-17, 17-21, 17-15
5. Kallie McKown/Grace Rebarchak def. Serena Warner/Naya Crittenden, 21-15, 21-19