DiG Magazine Collegiate Beach Pairs Team of Week

March 28, 2017

SAN LUIS OBISPO — A pair of sophomores went 4-0 last week to help Saint Mary’s move into the DiG Top 20 at No. 17.

Lindsey Knudsen and Payton Rund went a perfect 4-0 last week as the No. 1 pair for Saint Mary’s (10-3) helped the Gaels to an undefeated week. Knudsen and Rund have been named the DiG Magazine National Pairs of the Week for their efforts.

Knudsen and Rund started the week by sweeping the No. 1 tandems from both West Coast Conference rivals Pacific and San Francisco. On Saturday, the Gaels’ No. 1 pair started the day by coming from behind to take down San Jose State’s top pair in three sets before recording their biggest win of the season.

Later that same day, Knudsen and Rund swept No. 11 California’s No. 1 pair of Jessica Gaffney and Mia Merino in dominating fashion, 21-13, 21-11, to help Saint Mary’s hand nationally ranked Cal its first loss of the season.

Knudsen and Rund are now 12-1 on the year. Their only defeat came versus third-ranked UCLA’s top pair of Megan McNamara and Nicole McNamara on March 18.

Knudsen’s sister, Delaney, plays No. 1 for second-ranked Pepperdine and the siblings will likely meet later in the WCC season.