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Pepperdine and Grand Canyon start strong in #USAVsand Beach Collegiate Challenge

March 14, 2014, 10:17 p.m. (ET)

CHULA VISTA, Calif. – Day 1 of the Beach Collegiate Challenge saw Pepperdine take a 5-0 win over CSU Bakersfield and Grand Canyon top Cal State Northridge, 4-1. The duals continue tomorrow starting at 9 a.m. PT.

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As the weekend kicks off, teams began play in head-to-head fashion. Grand Canyon picked up four wins and only dropped one against a resilient CSUN squad. With the victory, GCU extends its current winning streak to 2-0.

Phelps/Dallmann (GCU) def. Randazzo/Gedryn (CSUN) 21-15, 21-11
Dugan/Glennie (GCU) def. Allen/Haina (CSUN) 21-13, 21-11
Boyd/Hinger (CSUN) def. Ausmus/Goodman (GCU) 21-19, 20-22, 13-9
Jenkins/Dickerson (GCU) def. Miller/Haake (CSUN) 21-10, 21-19
Forsythe/Grant (GCU) def. Casino/Serna (CSUN) 21-16, 21-15
Kaul/Dawson (CSUN) def. Dombroski/Stonerook (GCU) 22-20, 21-16 *Match does not count toward duel

Pepperdine came out fiercely for the 5-0 sweep on CSU Bakersfield and to improve to 3-0 on the season.

Dykstra/Strehlow def. O’Hagan/Araujo 21-12, 21-11
Larson/Knudsen def. Guitare/Alvidrez 21-12, 21-9
Rachich/Racich def. Bowen/Perrens 21-9, 21-12
Cook/Cash def. Little/Bartsch 21-9, 21-9
Messing/Asprey def. Haynes/Youngblook 21-9, 21-13

The fifth team of the tournament, Hawaii, will open at 10 a.m. against Pepperdine.