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No. 1 UCLA Falls to No. 2 USC 3-2

Apr 17, 2021
Savvy Simo (left) and Lexy Denaburg took down USC's court one pair in stunning fashion 33-31, 21-16.

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SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. -- No. 1 UCLA (24-2) saw its 21-match winning streak come to an end on Saturday as second-ranked USC (22-2) outlasted the Bruins 3-2 in both team's final game of the Center of Effort Challenge at Swanson Beach Volleyball Complex. With the loss, the Bruins fall to 11-14 all-time against the Trojans.

The Trojans took a 1-0 lead on court five when Audrey and Nicole Nourse defeated Rileigh Powers and Jaden Whitmarsh in straight sets 21-18, 21-14.

USC went up 2-0 on court four as Joy Dennis and Delaynie Maple beat UCLA's new duo of Jacqueline Quade and Cami Sanchez 21-16, 21-18.

The Bruins got on the board when court three's new UCLA duo of Abby Van Winkle and Megan Muret took down Hailey Harward and Haley Hallgren in straight sets 21-16, 21-18.

But the Trojans sealed the win on court two as Julia Scoles and Sammy Slater won a tight battle with another new Bruin pair, Devon Newberry and Lea Monkhouse 23-21, 21-18.

The Bruins scored their final point in stunning fashion on court one as Savvy Simo and Lexy Denaburg won an epic first set and got off to a big lead and held on to win the second set in a 33-31, 21-16 two-set victory over USC's Megan Kraft and Olympian Tina Graudina.

UCLA will conclude the regular season on Thursday, April 22 on "Senior Day" when they host USC at 3:00 p.m. PDT. 

No. 2 USC def. No. 1 UCLA, 3-2
Swanson Beach Volleyball Complex • San Luis Obispo, Calif.

Saturday, April 17, 2021
RECORDS: UCLA (24-2), USC (22-2)
1. Savvy Simo/Lexy Denaburg (UCLA) def. Megan Kraft/Tina Graudina (USC); 33-31, 21-16
2. Julia Scoles/Sammy Slater (USC) def. Devon Newberry/Lea Monkhouse (UCLA); 23-21, 21-18
3. Abby Van Winkle/Megan Muret (UCLA) def. Haley Hallgren/Hailey Harward (USC); 21-16, 21-18
4. Joy Dennis/Delaynie Maple (USC) def. Cami Sanchez/Jacqueline Quade (UCLA;) 21-16, 21-18
5. Audrey Nourse/Nicole Nourse (USC) def. Rileigh Powers/Jaden Whitmarsh (UCLA); 21-18, 21-14
Order of finish: 5, 4, 3, 2*, 1