USC Sweeps Cal Poly to Advance at NCAA Beach Championship
GULF SHORES, Ala. – The second-seeded USC beach volleyball team (27-4) delivered a 3-0 win over seventh-seeded Cal Poly (23-10) in the opening round of the 2021 NCAA Championship on Friday, May 7.
The Trojans improved to 15-4 all-time at the NCAA Championship; to 22-8 in the state of Alabama; and to 6-0 all-time against the Mustangs.
USC got out of the gates quickly and took first sets on all five courts, but scored the first point from the No. 2 position where graduate Julia Scolesand senior All-American Sammy Slater defeated Jayelin Lombard and Amy Ozee, 21-12, 21-18.
The Trojans went on top, 2-0, in the dual with a win from court five. There, sophomore twins Audrey Nourse and Nicole Nourse completed a 21-15, 21-14 win against Vanessa Roscoe and Josie Ulrich for their 26th win of the season.
The clinching point went up when junior All-American Tina Graudina and freshman Megan Kraft got the 21-13, 21-17 win over Macy Gordon and Emily Sonny at the top court. It was the fifth straight win for Graudina-Kraft and 12th overall this spring.
With the dual clinched, play was suspended at the Nos. 3 and 4 positions. At three, senior Haley Hallgren and graduate Hailey Harward won their first set, 21-17, over Tia Miric and Mariah Whalen, but were facing a 20-15 deficit in the second. On court four, graduate Joy Dennis and freshman Delaynie Maple were up, 21-19, 15-12, against Eleonore Johansen and Sam Strah when play stopped.
The Trojans will face third-seeded Florida State (33-4) in the winner's bracket semifinal at 4 p.m. CT (2 p.m. PT) this afternoon. The dual will be shown live on ESPNU with live streams from individual courts available on ESPN3 and the WatchESPN app.
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 No. 2 USC def.  No. 6 Cal Poly, 3-0
2021 NCAA Championship • First Round
Gulf Shores Beach • Gulf Shores, Ala.
Friday, May 7, 2021
RECORDS: USC (27-4), Cal Poly (23-10)
1. Tina GRAUDINA/Megan KRAFT (USC) def. Macy GORDON/Emily SONNY (CP); 21-13, 21-17
2. Julia SCOLES/Sammy SLATER (USC) def. Jayelin LOMBARD/Amy OZEE (CP); 21-12, 21-18
3. Haley HALLGREN/Hailey HARWARD (USC) vs. Tia MIRIC/Mariah WHALEN (CP); 21-17, 15-20 susp.
4. Joy DENNIS/Delaynie MAPLE (USC) vs. Eleonore JOHANSEN/Sam STRAH (CP); 21-19, 15-12 susp.
5. Audrey NOURSE/Nicole NOURSE (USC) def. Vanessa ROSCOE/Josie ULRICH (CP); 21-15, 21-14
Order of finish: 2, 5, 1*