USC Beach Volleyball Sweeps Stanford to Move Ahead at Pac-12 Championship
LOS ANGELES – The top-seeded and No. 1-ranked USC beach volleyball team (25-2) claimed a 3-0 win over fourth-seeded No. 9-ranked Stanford (21-10) in the winner's semifinal of the Pac-12 Championship at Mapes Beach on Friday, April 30.
The Women of Troy advance into the winner's bracket final to face No. 2-seeded and No. 2-ranked UCLA (26-3) in the winner's bracket final at 9 a.m. PT on Saturday (May 1). The winner of that match will advance directly to the championship dual set for 4 p.m.
USC improved to 8-0 all-time against Stanford and to 17-3 in duals at the Pac-12 Championship with a 70-13 mark in individual matches. The Trojans also go to 69-13 all-time against Pac-12 opponents.
The first point was scored by the Trojans' sophomore duo of Audrey Nourse and Nicole Nourse from the No. 5 position. The sisters were down, 8-3, in the first set, but roared to life to take a 21-12 win before closing out a 23-21 victory in set two over Maddie Dailey and Jordan McKinney. The Nourses improved to 25-1 on the season and extended to a seven-match winning streak.
USC went on top, 2-0, with a three-set win at court three where senior Haley Hallgren and graduate Hailey Harward got a 21-13, 19-21, 15-11 win over Maddi Kriz and Kate Reilly to improve to 7-2 this season.
The clinching point was claimed by All-American junior Tina Graudina and freshman Megan Kraft at the top court where the Trojans went 21-16, 21-7 for a win over Xolani Hodel and Sunny Villapando to improve to 9-1 on the year.
At court two, graduate Julia Scoles and senior Sammy Slater had a 19-15 lead over Charlie Ekstrom and Maya Harvey in the first set when play was suspended. On court four, graduate Joy Dennis and freshman Delaynie Maple trailed by a point, 13-12, to Emmy Sharp and Amelia Smith at the time of suspension.
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 No. 1 USC def.  No. 9 Stanford, 3-0
2021 Pac-12 Championship • Winner's Bracket Semifinal
Mapes Beach • Los Angeles, Calif.
Friday, April 30, 2021
RECORDS: USC (25-2), Stanford (21-10)
1. Tina GRAUDINA/Megan KRAFT (USC) def. Xolani HODEL/Sunny VILLAPANDO (STAN); 21-16, 21-7
2. Julia SCOLES/Sammy SLATER (USC) vs. Charlie EKSTROM/Maya HARVEY (STAN); 19-15 susp.
3. Haley HALLGREN/Hailey HARWARD (USC) def. Maddi KRIZ/Kate REILLY (STAN); 21-13, 19-21, 15-11
4. Joy DENNIS/Delaynie MAPLE (USC) vs. Emmy SHARP/Amelia SMITH (STAN); 12-13 susp.
5. Audrey NOURSE/Nicole NOURSE (USC) def. Maddie DAILEY/Jordan McKINNEY (STAN); 21-12, 23-21
Order of finish: 5, 3, 1*