No. 2 USC Beach Volleyball Tops No. 7 Stanford
PHOENIX – The No. 2-ranked USC beach volleyball team (17-2) defeated No. 7 Stanford (14-6) by a 4-1 count at GCU Beach Volleyball Stadium in the Trojans' third dual at the Pac-12 North Invitational on Sunday, April 11.
USC won its fourth straight dual and improved to 7-0 all-time against the Cardinal.
Graduate Joy Dennis and freshman Delaynie Maple got the 21-15, 21-19 win over Maddie Dailey and Jordan McKinney at the No. 4 position to score the first dual point of the day. On the top court, All-American junior Tina Graudina and freshman Megan Kraft took down Charlie Ekstrom and Sunny Villapando, 21-16, 21-17, to give USC a 2-0 lead in the dual.
Senior Haley Hallgren and graduate Hailey Harward posted the dual-clinching point from court three with a 21-19, 21-14 win over Maya Harvey and Maddi Kriz; and the Trojans racked up their fourth point when graduate Julia Scoles and senior Sammy Slater defeated Xolani Hodel and Kate Reilly, 21-18, 21-17, at court two.
Stanford scored its only point of the day in a three-set win at the No. 5 position. Trojan sophomores Audrey Nourse and Nicole Nourse fought tooth and nail, but came up short in a 26-24, 18-21, 15-13 loss to Emmy Sharp and Amelia Smith. The loss ends an incredible streak of 26 consecutive wins, which is the third longest in school history by a USC pair and is the first loss for the twins who are now 18-1 overall.
The Women of Troy wrap up play at the Pac-12 North Invitational with a dual against host Arizona State (5-8) at 4:30 p.m. PT today (April 11). Live score updates are available via links at the USCTrojans.com beach volleyball schedule page.
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No. 2 USC def. No. 7 Stanford, 4-1
Pac-12 North Invitational
GCU Beach Volleyball Stadium • Phoenix, Ariz.
Sunday, April 11, 2021
RECORDS: USC (17-2), Stanford (14-6)
1. Tina GRAUDINA/Megan KRAFT (USC) def. Charlie EKSTROM/Sunny VILLAPANDO (STAN); 21-16, 21-17
2. Julia SCOLES/Sammy SLATER (USC) def. Xolani HODEL/Kate REILLY (STAN); 21-18, 21-17
3. Haley HALLGREN/Hailey HARWARD (USC) def. Maya HARVEY/Maddi KRIZ (STAN); 21-19, 21-14
4. Joy DENNIS/Delaynie MAPLE (USC) def. Maddie DAILEY/Jordan McKINNEY (STAN); 21-15, 21-19
5. Emmy SHARP/Amelia SMITH (STAN) def. Audrey NOURSE/Nicole NOURSE (USC); 26-24, 18-21, 15-13
Order of finish: 4, 1, 3*, 2, 5