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USC Beach Volleyball Set to Compete at SoCal Challenge

Nov 12, 2021

LOS ANGELES – The defending NCAA champion USC beach volleyball team will face six teams for duals at the SoCal Challenge at the Manhattan Beach Pier on Saturday and Sunday (Nov. 13-14).
 
The Women of Troy join eight of the top teams from the west, all of which finished in the final 2021 AVCA coaches' poll top 20 last spring. Those teams are No. 2 UCLA, No. 3 Loyola Marymount, No. 6 Cal Poly, No. 9 Grand Canyon, No. 10 Arizona, No. 13 Hawai'i, No. 14 Pepperdine, and No. 19 Long Beach State.
 
Play begins at 8:30 a.m. PT on Saturday and at 8 a.m. on Sunday.
 
On Saturday (Nov. 13), USC gets started with longtime rival Pepperdine at 10:10 a.m., and then faces Cal Poly at 12:50 p.m., and wraps the day with a dual against Grand Canyon at 3:20 p.m.
 
On Sunday (Nov. 14), the Trojans open the day with Arizona at 9:50 a.m., followed by a match against Hawai'i at noon. USC closes out the two-day tournament with a dual against crosstown rival UCLA at 3:10 p.m.
 
Admission to each day of the event is free. While there will be no live video, live scores are available via the tournament website at SoCalChallenge.co.
 
USC captured the program's fourth national championship (third NCAA crown) with a win over crosstown rival UCLA in the 2021 NCAA Championship dual. Under second-year head coach Dain Blanton, USC went 30-4 and had winning streaks of 13 and 12 matches during the season. The Trojans finished as the Pac-12 runner-up and produced the league's Pair of the Year in Tina Graudina and Megan Kraft. Graudina was also named Pac-12 Player of the Year and Kraft was the conference's Freshman of the Year. Both were named first-team AVCA All-Americans and were joined on the first team by Julia Scoles and Sammy Slater.
 
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.