March 2, 2024
Pilots Open Beach Volleyball Season With Five Matches

Stanford Cardinals (4-2, 0-0 PAC-12)

Day: Wednesday

Date: Mar. 1, 2023

Time: 12:00 p.m.

Place: Palo Alto, Calif.

POR vs. STAN

Last: POR 1, @STAN 4 (2016)

Saint Mary’s (2-5, 0-0 WCC)

Day: Wednesday

Date: Mar. 1, 2023

Time: 2:00 p.m.

Place: Palo Alto, Calif.

POR vs. SMC

Last: POR 0, @SMC 5 (2019)

Pacific (0-2, 0-0 WCC)

Day: Thursday

Date: Mar. 2 2023

Time: 1:00 p.m.

Place: Stockton, Calif.

POR vs. UOP

Last: POR 5, @ UOP 0 (2022)

San Jose State (2-0, 0-0 SCC)

Day: Friday

Date: Mar. 3, 2023

Time: 11 a.m./1:00 p.m.

Place: San Jose, Calif.

POR vs. SJSU

Last: POR 1, @SJSU 4 (2022)

THIS WEEK

• The Pilots open the beach season in Palo Alto and San Jose with matches against No. 9 Stanford, St. Mary’s, Pacific, and San Jose State.

• The first two matches will take place at Stanford University, the Pacific match taking place in Stockton, Calif. and two matches against San Jose State will be held in San Jose, Calif. The Palo Alto matches will take place at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Mar. 1st, respectively. The Stockton match against Pacific will take place at 11 a.m. on Mar. 2nd. The San Jose State matches will take place at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m., respectively on Mar. 3rd.

• Spectators will be permitted to attend each event.

• Live stats and live video will not be available.

ABOUT THE PILOTS

• Megan Burton steps into her second year as the head coach of the Pilots beach volleyball program, with Dylan Hamilton also returning for the 2023 season.

• The Pilots return seven from last year’s roster in Bradley, Helle, Helm, Lee, Mumolo, Stammberger and Zilbert.

• The beach volleyball program welcomes two new freshmen to their roster including Brodie Baker and Michela Strati.

• Portland added one transfer student to the program, Junior Alina Valenti from West Valley College.

• Jordan Bardouche, Marleena Catalan, Larkin Chock, Elin Larsson and Maui Robins are returning from the Pilot’s indoor roster.

• The Pilots return two All-WCC Second Team honorees, Noelani Helm and Grace Zilbert.

LAST SEASON

• Portland finished the year 7-17 in duals competitions during the 2022 season.

• The Pilots defeated Corban, Bushnell, San Francisco and Pacific throughout the season, ending their season with a final win against the Dons at the WCC Championships on April 29th, 2022.

• The Pilots faced Oregon and Washington on multiple occasions, as well as matchups against No. 5 LMU and No. 8 Hawaii.

LOOKING AHEAD

• The Pilots will compete in the Corban Tournament in Salem, Ore. against Corban University and Bushnell University on Mar. 10-11th.

• Portland will begin conference play at the WCC Mid-Season Invitational in Santa Cruz, Calif. on Mar. 25-26th.

• The team will meet for the Alki Beach Invitational in Seattle, Wash. on Apr. 15-16th. • The Pilots will play against Corban University on Apr. 17th in Salem, Ore.

• Portland will travel to Eugene, Ore. to take on University of Oregon on Apr. 20th.

• West Coast Conference play kicks off on Apr. 28-29th in Santa Monica.

ABOUT THE OPPONENTS

• Stanford finished 2022 with a 24-12 overall record, going 10-3 in Pac-12 regular season play.

• Stanford won their first round of the Pac-12 Championship tournament before ultimately being defeated by No. 2 UCLA and No. 12 Cal in rounds two and three, respectively.

• The Cardinals qualified for the NCAA Championships but ultimately were defeated by No. 12 Florida Pacific in the first round.

• St. Mary’s finished up their season with an overall record of 16-18 (9-3 WCC).

• The Gaels defeated the Dons in the WCC Championships before suffering close losses to No. 16 Pepperdine and Santa Clara.

• Pacific concluded their 2022 season with an overall record of 1-18 (1-11 WCC).

• Pacific defeated San Francisco 3-2 on Apr. 19 for their sole win of the season.

• San Jose State had an overall record of 12-12 for the 2022 season.

• The Spartans defeated teams such as Santa Clara, Sacramento, St. Mary’s, Oregon, Pacific, and Boise State throughout their regular season. They did not participate in any post-season competitions.

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