The No. 5-seed USC beach volleyball team (26-13) staved off elimination with a nail-biting 3-2 win over eighth-seeded Florida International (23-12) in the Trojans' first elimination match at the 2018 NCAA Beach Volleyball Championship on Friday, May 4.
Because the tournament is a double-elimination format, the Women of Troy will return to the sand at 1 p.m. CT (11 a.m. PT) for a match against eighth-seeded Florida International (22-11) in the elimination bracket.
The Pac-12 Conference announced its 2018 beach volleyball awards on Thursday, May 3, and honored five Women of Troy on the first and second teams. Freshman Tina Graudina was chosen as the league's Freshman of the Year.