It came down to a deciding third set, but a 24-26, 22-20, 15-8 victory by Nebraska's Alexa Ethridge and Cecilia Hall helped the Huskers to a 3-2 sand volleyball win against Grand Canyon on Thursday in Phoenix.

The NU duo defeated Chloe Jenkins and Kami Dickerson.

Nebraska's Alicia Ostrander and Brenna Lyles defeated Kaitlynn Ausmus and Alex Goodman 21-8, 21-13, and Mary Pollmiller and Kelsey Fien got the Huskers' other victory, 21-12, 21-9 against Brandy Grant and Britta Forsythe.

Grand Canyon's No. 1 pair of Mackenzie Phelps and Kelli Dallman defeated Justine Wong-Orantes and Melanie Keil 23-21, 21-18. Grand Canyon's Shannon Dugan and Megan Glennie won 17-21, 21-17, 15-7 against Amber Rolfzen and Kira Larson.

Nebraska will face Arizona on Friday at 3 p.m. in Phoenix, then compete in the Grand Canyon Pairs Tournament at 6.