USC's Nicole Nourse Named NCAA Beach Volleyball Elite 90 Winner
GULF SHORES, Ala. – USC beach volleyball sophomore Nicole Nourse (Newport Beach, Calif./Orange Lutheran HS) was named the recipient of the Elite 90 award for the 2021 NCAA Beach Volleyball Championship on Friday, May 7.
Nourse--majoring in business administration with a minor in sports media industries--currently carries a 3.94 grade-point average. She was presented with the award ahead of the Trojans' first-round dual against Cal Poly on the sand in Gulf Shores. Partnered with her twin sister Audrey Nourse, the pair is 25-3 this spring and is 34-5 all-time to rank 11th all-time among Trojan pairs. The sisters also produced a 26-match winning streak, which is the third longest in program history.
USC has previously had two other Elite 90 honorees both from men's water polo: Matthew Burton in 2009-10 and Mihajlo Milicevic in 2015-16.
The Elite 90, an award founded by the NCAA, recognizes the true essence of the student-athlete by honoring the individual who has reached the pinnacle of competition at the national championship level in his or her sport, while also achieving the highest academic standard among his or her peers. The Elite 90 is presented to the student-athlete with the highest cumulative grade-point average participating at the finals site for each of the NCAA's championships.
Eligible student-athletes are sophomores or above who have participated in their sport for at least two years with their school. All ties are broken by the number of credits completed.
For more information on the Elite 90 award winners, log on to https://www.ncaa.com/elite-90.
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.