No. 1 USC Beach Volleyball Roasts Ducks in 5-0 Sweep
TUCSON, Ariz. – The No. 1-ranked USC beach volleyball team (11-0) collected its eighth 5-0 sweep of the season in a win over Oregon (2-3) at Bear Down Beach on Saturday, March 27. The Women of Troy stayed undefeated and will close the Pac-12 South Invitational with a dual against Utah at 7 p.m. PT.
The Trojans improved to 5-0 all-time against Oregon and to 20-1 all-time in duals played in the state of Arizona.
USC scored the first point of the dual from the No. 2 position where graduate Trojans Hailey Harward and Julia Scoles collected a 21-9, 21-4 win over Vivian Donovan and Madelyn LaFollette for their 10th victory as a pair. USC went in front, 2-0, when the reigning Pac-12 Pair of the Week of Tina Graudina and Sammy Slater finished off Anastasia Lima and Carly Wallace, 21-10, 21-15, at the top court for their fifth consecutive straight-sets victory.
The clinching point was put on the board by senior Haley Hallgren and freshman Megan Kraft when they took down Zoe Almanza and Josie Cole, 21-15, 21-12, at the No. 3 position for their ninth win as a pair this spring. From the No. 4 position, graduate Joy Dennis and freshman Delaynie Maplewon their ninth straight match with a 21-9, 21-15 victory against Delaney Hopen and Savanna Siegrist to make it 4-0.
At court five, the sweep was completed when twin sophomores Audrey Nourse and Nicole Nourse racked up their 19th consecutive victory to improve to 11-0 on the season on a 21-9, 21-11 win against Ashley Schroeder and Bea Wetton. The 19 consecutive wins ties the fourth longest streak in program history held by Graudina and partner Abril Bustamante (March 24-April 28, 2018).
The Trojans have a break between duals and will conclude play at the Pac-12 South Invitational with a 7 p.m. PT dual against Utah at Bear Down Beach. The contest will be shown live on Pac-12 Bay Area.
NOTE: All home USC beach volleyball competitions at Merle Norman Stadium will be conducted in accordance with the Pac-12 COVID-19 Medical Advisory Committee health and safety recommendations and guidelines, available at Pac-12.com/health.
For more information on the three-time national champion USC beach volleyball team and a complete schedule, please visit USCTrojans.com and follow @USCBeach on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.
No. 1 USC def. Oregon, 5-0
Pac-12 South Invitational
Bear Down Beach • Tucson, Ariz.
Saturday, March 27, 2021
RECORDS: USC (11-0), Oregon (2-3)
1. Tina GRAUDINA/Sammy SLATER (USC) def. Anastasia LIMA/Carly WALLACE (ORE); 21-10, 21-15
2. Hailey HARWARD/Julia SCOLES (USC) def. Vivian DONOVAN/Madelyn LaFOLLETTE (ORE); 21-9, 21-4
3. Haley HALLGREN/Megan KRAFT (USC) def. Zoe ALMANZA/Josie COLE (ORE); 21-15, 21-12
4. Joy DENNIS/Delaynie MAPLE (USC) def. Delaney HOPEN/Savannah SIEGRIST (ORE); 21-9, 21-15
5. Audrey NOURSE/Nicole NOURSE (USC) def. Ashley SCHROEDER/Bea WETTON (ORE); 21-9, 21-11
Order of finish: 2, 1, 3*, 4, 5