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No. 2 USC Beach Volleyball Ready for Sun-N-Sand in the Southeast

Mar 9, 2022

LOS ANGELES – The No. 2-ranked USC beach volleyball team (4-1) heads to the Sunshine State for a four-dual weekend at the Cooper Beach Volleyball Courts in DeLand, Fla. The Women of Troy will take part in the Stetson Sun-N-Sand Invitational with matches against No. 4 Florida State (7-1), No. 12 Florida Atlantic (6-2), Tampa (6-2), and No. 18-ranked tournament host Stetson (4-4). The Trojans are 17-4 in matches played in the Eastern Time zone but will play in Florida for the first time since 2019.

STETSON SUN-N-SAND INVITATIONAL
Cooper Beach Volleyball Courts • DeLand, Fla.
Saturday-Sunday, March 12-13

MATCH #6 • Saturday, March 12 10 a.m. ET (7 a.m. PT)
No. 2 USC (4-1) vs. No. 4 Florida State (7-1)
Cooper Beach Volleyball Courts • DeLand, Fla.
SERIES HISTORY: USC leads, 14-5 (.737)
STREAK: Won 1 • LAST 10: 8-2
LAST MEETING: W 3-1 (May 7, 2021 • Gulf Shores, Ala.)
OPPONENT WEBSITE: Seminoles.com

MATCH #7 • Saturday, March 12 4 p.m. ET (1 p.m. PT)
No. 2 USC (4-1) vs. No. 12 Florida Atlantic (6-2)
Cooper Beach Volleyball Courts • DeLand, Fla.
SERIES HISTORY: USC leads, 2-0 (1.000)
STREAK: Won 2 • LAST 10: 2-0
LAST MEETING: W 4-1 (Mar. 15, 2019 • Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.)
OPPONENT WEBSITE: FAUSports.com

MATCH #8 • Sunday, March 13 10 a.m. ET (7 a.m. PT)
No. 2 USC (4-1) vs. Tampa (6-2)
Cooper Beach Volleyball Courts • DeLand, Fla.
SERIES HISTORY: First Meeting
STREAK: None • LAST 10: N/A
LAST MEETING: First Meeting
OPPONENT WEBSITE: TampaSpartans.com

MATCH #9 • Sunday, March 13 1 p.m. ET (10 a.m. PT)
No. 2 USC (4-1) at No. 18 Stetson (4-4)
Cooper Beach Volleyball Courts • DeLand, Fla.
SERIES HISTORY: USC leads, 6-1 (.857)
STREAK: Lost 1 • LAST 10: 6-1
LAST MEETING: L 3-1 (May 3, 2019 • Gulf Shores, Ala.)
OPPONENT WEBSITE: GoHatters.com

BARE E-SAND-SHELLS

  • Defending NCAA champion USC owns four beach volleyball national championships including the first-ever NCAA title in 2016 (AVCA '15, NCAA '17, '21).
  • The Women of Troy also own three Pac-12 crowns (2016, '17, '19).
  • Third-year head coach Dain Blanton took the helm for the Women of Troy in July 2019 and is 40-10 overall.
  • USC is ranked No. 2 in both the AVCA Coaches Poll and the CBVB.com Poll. It is the 79th time (of 79) the Trojans are ranked by the AVCA; USC's 78th time in the top 5. The Women of Troy have also held the No. 1 ranking a record 45 times.
  • The Trojans are 17-4 all-time when they play in the Eastern Time Zone, which includes a 10-1 mark in the state of Florida (6-0 in Miami, 2-0 in Fort Lauderdale, and 2-1 in Tallahassee). USC will play in DeLand for the first time.
  • USC has recorded three 5-0 sweeps of opponents this spring for a total of 115 all-time clean sweeps in program history.
  • The last time USC faced Stetson, the eighth-seeded Hatters shocked the No. 1-seeded Women of Troy in the first round of the 2019 NCAA championship.
  • 13 different Women of Troy have received AVCA All-America notice for a total of 24 certificates. USC returns four All-Americans in 2022 including captains Julia Scoles, Sammy Slater, and Tina Graudina, and So. Megan Kraft.
  • The Women of Troy welcome three transfers to the 2022 roster, all of whom have experience at the No. 1 positions at their previous schools: Emily Hansen (CSU Bakersfield), Caroline Schafer (California), and Sunny Villapando (Stanford).