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No. 2 USC Beach Volleyball Hits South Beach For Surf & Turf Invitational

Mar 15, 2022

LOS ANGELES - The No. 2-ranked USC beach volleyball team (8-1) concludes its spring-break trip through the Sunshine State with two duals at the FIU Surf & Turf Invite on Wednesday, March 16, at the Lummus Park Beach Courts in South Beach, Fla. The Women of Troy take on tournament host No. 19 Florida International (8-0) at 1 p.m. ET (10 a.m. PT) and then meet Florida Gulf Coast (9-3) for the first time since 2012 at 3 p.m. ET (noon PT). 

FIU SURF & TURF INVITATIONAL
Lummus Park Beach Courts • South Beach, Fla.
Wednesday, March 16

MATCH #10 • Wednesday, Mar. 16 1 p.m. ET (10 a.m. PT)
No. 2 USC (8-1) at No. 19 Florida International (8-0)
Lummus Park Beach Courts • South Beach, Fla.
SERIES HISTORY: USC leads, 6-0 (1.000)
STREAK: Won 6 • LAST 10: 6-0
LAST MEETING: W 4-1 (Mar. 15, 2019 • Fort Lauderdale, Fla.)
OPPONENT WEBSITE: FIUSports.com

MATCH #11 • Wednesday, Mar. 16 3 p.m. ET (12 p.m. PT)
No. 2 USC (8-1) vs. Florida Gulf Coast (9-3)
Lummus Park Beach Courts • South Beach, Fla.
SERIES HISTORY: USC leads, 1-0 (1.000)
STREAK: Won 1 • LAST 10: 1-0
LAST MEETING: W 5-0 (Mar. 24, 2012 • Tallahassee, Fla.)
OPPONENT WEBSITE: FGCUAthletics.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 44-10 overall.
  • USC is ranked No. 2 in both the AVCA Coaches Poll and the CBVB.com Poll. It is the 80th time (of 80) the Trojans are ranked by the AVCA; USC's 79th time in the top 5. The Women of Troy have also held the No. 1 ranking a record 45 times.
  • The Trojans are 21-4 all-time when they play in the Eastern Time Zone, which includes a 14-1 mark in the state of Florida (6-0 in Miami, 4-0 in DeLand, 2-0 in Fort Lauderdale, and 2-1 in Tallahassee).
  • USC has recorded five 5-0 sweeps of opponents this spring for a total of 117 all-time clean sweeps in program history.
  • The Trojans have swept each of their last two opponents (Tampa and Stetson) without dropping a single set at any of the five individual positions.
  • After going 4-0 at the Stetson Sun-N-Sand Invitational, Tina Graudina and Hailey Harward were named the Pac-12 Beach Volleyball Pair of the Week.
  • 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.
  • Tina Graudina is one win away from her 100th-career victory.
  • 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).