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No. 2 USC Beach Volleyball Hosts Huskies and Runners For Tuesday Tilts

Mar 21, 2022

LOS ANGELES - The No. 2-ranked USC beach volleyball team (10-1) rides a nine-dual winning streak into early-week matchups with Houston Baptist (7-9) and CSU Bakersfield (6-3) at Merle Norman Stadium. The Trojans and the Huskies will meet for the first time in a 9:30 a.m. PT dual on Tuesday (March 22). HBU then takes on the Runners at noon. USC will close the day with a 2:30 p.m. meeting with CSU Bakersfield. Live scores and live stream links are available at USCTrojans.com.

MATCH #12 • Tuesday, March 22 9:30 a.m. PT
No. 2 USC (10-1) vs. Houston Baptist (7-9)
Merle Norman Stadium • Los Angeles, Calif.
SERIES HISTORY: First Meeting
STREAK: None • LAST 10: N/A
LAST MEETING: First Meeting
OPPONENT WEBSITE: HBUHuskies.com

MATCH #13 • Tuesday, March 22 2:30 p.m. PT
No. 2 USC (10-1) vs. CSU Bakersfield (6-3)
Merle Norman Stadium • Los Angeles, Calif.
SERIES HISTORY: USC leads, 8-0 (1.000)
STREAK: Won 8 • LAST 10: 8-0
LAST MEETING: W 5-0 (Mar. 18, 2021 • Los Angeles, Calif.)
OPPONENT WEBSITE: GoRunners.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 46-10 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 3-0 at Merle Norman Stadium this spring. USC is 69-11 all-time on its home courts and only five teams have ever defeated the Women of Troy on MNS sand (Florida State, Long Beach State, Pepperdine, LSU, and UCLA).
  • USC has recorded six 5-0 sweeps of opponents this spring for a total of 118 all-time clean sweeps in program history.
  • 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 (March 15).
  • 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 became the 10th Trojan to collect 100-career with her victory at FIU last week. She is now 101-9 all-time. Sammy Slater has 99 wins.
  • 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).