USC's Tina Graudina, Megan Kraft Named AVCA/CollegeBeachVB.com Pair of the Week
LEXINGTON, Ky. – USC beach volleyball junior All-American Tina Graudina (Jurmala, Latvia) and freshman Megan Kraft (San Diego, Calif.) were named the AVCA/CollegeBeachVB.com National Pair of the Week on Tuesday, April 13.
The newly-formed duo went 4-0 without dropping a set at the Pac-12 North Invitational in Phoenix, last weekend. They helped the No. 2-ranked Trojans go 4-0 in duals and 19-1 in total matches.
While this is Kraft's first-career national honor, it is the third time that Graudina has been chosen as part of the AVCA's Pair of the Week. She was also honored once each in 2018 and in 2019; each time while paired with All-American Abril Bustamante.
Over the weekend, Graudina-Kraft played together for the first time at the No. 2 position and earned a 21-9, 21-13 win over No. 11 California's Jordan Polo and Ainsley Radell. They then moved to the top court and went 3-0 there. First, they defeated Washington's Chloe Loreen and Shayne McPherson, 21-11, 21-12; then earned a 21-16, 21-17 win over No. 7 Stanford's Charlie Ekstrom and Sunny Villapando; and ended the weekend with a 21-10, 21-13 victory over Arizona State's Katelyn Cartballo and Lexi Sweeney.
The Trojans head up the California coast for the Center of Effort Challenge this weekend (April 16-17) at the Swanson Beach Volleyball Complex on the campus of Cal Poly in San Luis Obispo. USC faces No. 5 Loyola Marymount (20-2), No. 6 Cal Poly (16-5), No. 9 Grand Canyon (16-5), and No. 1 UCLA (19-1) over the two-day event.
For more information on the USC beach volleyball team, a complete schedule, and results, please visit USCTrojans.com/beach. Fans of the Women of Troy can follow the team on Instagram and on Twitter @USCBeach.