USC’s No. 1 beach volleyball racks up a pair of 5-0 sweeps to close battle for LA

Women’s Beach Volleyball | March 06, 2022

LOS ANGELES- The No. 1-ranked USC beach volleyball team (4-1) earned a pair of 5-0 victories over No. 8 Stanford (4-4) and No. 14 Long Beach State (1-7) to wrap up the battle for the LA Invitational at Merle Norman Stadium on Sunday, March 6.

The win is the Trojans’ third straight to lift USC 3-0 at home and raises the program’s all-time record of 5-0 to 115-2 results, which now includes a 36-0 home mark. . The Women of Troy also improve to 116-14 all-time when they hold the No. 1 AVCA ranking.

USC earned their victory over the Cardinal with four straight wins. Megan Kraft and Samy Slater opened the scoring with a 21-18, 21-16 victory over Charlie Ekstrom and Kate Reilly in second place. At court four, junior twins Audrey Nourse and Nicole Nourse fought back after dropping their opening set to secure a 23-25, 21-14, 15-10 win over Emma Morris and Taylor Wilson.

The decisive point came from the top of the court when Tina Graudina and Hailey Harvard picked up a 21-15, 21-16 win over Xolani Hodel and Maddi Kriz. Mollie Ebertin and Sunny Villapando teamed up to secure a 21-17, 21-16 victory over Maddie Dailey and Jordan McKinney at the No. 5 position for a 4-0 USC lead.

Delaynie Maple and Julia Scoles picked up a 21-9, 21-9 victory over Maya Harvey and Emmy Sharp to score the 5-0 sweep. In a scoreless match, Caroline Schaffer and Shannon Scully earned a 21-14, 21-16 win over Ellie Gamberdella and Serena Turner.

Against Long Beach State, Scully moved up to the No. 4 position to team with Nicole Nourse and picked up a 21-12, 13-21, 15-10 win over Emily Mattoon and Jillian Rodriguez. Kraft-Slater finished seconds later for a 2-0 USC lead in a 21-14, 21-17 win over Katie Kennedy and Nicci Reinking on court two.

As they did in the first duel, Graudina and Harward scored the decisive point from the upper court, this time in a 21-9, 21-14 win over Skyler Germann and Alice Pratesi. USC’s fourth point went to Ebertin and Villapando who earned a 21-12, 21-10 win over Christine DeRoos and Sophie Major.

The sweep was sealed from court three when Maple-Scoles secured a 21-11, 21-18 win over Holland Jackson and Sydney Stevens. In a scoreless match, paige dreeuws and Paige Hammons sets split with Leah Black and Haley Carrington with a 19-21 loss in the first set and a 21-16 victory in the second.

The Women of Troy will head southeast next weekend for six duels. First, USC travels to DeLand, Fla. for the Stetson Sun-N-Sand Invitational (March 12-13) to take on Florida State, Florida Atlantic, Tampa and host Hatters. The Trojans then head to Miami for the FIU Surf & Turf Invitational (March 16) with a pair of duels against host Florida International and Florida Gulf Coast.

For more USC Beach Volleyball team information, a complete schedule, and results, please visit USCTrojans.com/beach. Women of Troy fans can follow the team on Instagram and on Twitter @USCBeach.

No. 1 USC def. No. 8 Stanford, 5-0

Battle For LA Invitational
Merle Norman Stadium Los Angeles, California
Sunday, March 6, 2022
RECORDS: USC (3-1), Stanford (4-4)
1. Tina GRAUDINA/Hailey HARWARD (USC) def. Xolani HODEL/Maddi KRIZ (STAN); 21-15, 21-16
2. Megan KRAFT/Sammy SLATER (USC) def. Charlie EKSTROM/Kate REILLY (STAN); 21-18, 21-16
3. Delaynie MAPLE/Julia SCOLES (USC) def. Maya HARVEY/Emmy SHARP (STAN); 21-9, 21-9
4. Audrey NOURSE/Nicole NOURSE (USC) def. Emma MORRIS/Taylor WILSON (STAN); 23-25, 21-14, 15-10
5. Mollie EBERTIN/Sunny VILLAPANDO (USC) def. Maddie DAILEY/Jordan McKINNEY (STAN); 21-17, 21-16
Exh. Caroline SCHAFER/Shannon SCULLY (USC) def. Ellie GAMBERDELLA/Serena TURNER (STAN); 21-14, 21-16
Order of arrival: 2, 4, 1*, 5, 3

No. 1 USC def. No. 14 Long Beach State, 5-0

Battle For LA Invitational
Merle Norman Stadium, Los Angeles, CA.
Sunday, March 6, 2022
RECORDS: USC (4-1), Long Beach State (1-7)
1. Tina GRAUDINA/Hailey HARWARD (USC) def. Skyler GERMANN/Alice PRATESI (LBSU); 21-9, 21-14
2. Megan KRAFT/Sammy SLATER (USC) def. Katie KENNEDY/Nicci REINKING (LBSU); 21-14, 21-17
3. Delaynie MAPLE/Julia SCOLES (USC) def. Holland JACKSON/Sydney STEVENS (LBSU); 21-11, 21-18
4. Nicole NORSE/Shannon SCULLY (USC) def. Emily MATTOON/Jillian RODRIGUEZ (LBSU); 21-12, 13-21, 15-10
5. Mollie EBERTIN/Sunny VILLAPANDO (USC) def. Christine DeROOS/Sophie MAJOR (LBSU); 21-12, 21-10
Exh. Paige DREEUWS/Paige HAMMONS (USC) vs. Leah BLACK/Haley CARRINGTON (LBSU); 19-21, 21-16
Order of arrival: 4, 2, 1*, 5, 3

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