No. 3 USC Beach Volleyball Tops No. 6 Tigers to Open Play in Manhattan Beach
MANHATTAN BEACH, Calif. – The No. 3-ranked USC beach volleyball team (16-1) earned a hard-fought 4-1 victory over No. 6 LSU (19-5) to open the UCLA Invitational at Manhattan Beach Pier on Saturday, April 2.
The Trojans' 15-dual win streak is the program's fourth-longest winning streak as the Women of Troy improve to 13-1 all-time on Manhattan Beach sand and go to 5-2 in seven all-time meetings with Louisiana State.
After dropping their first set, 21-15, to Allison Coens and Ellie Shank, the Trojans' No. 5 pair of Mollie Ebertin and Sunny Villapando fought back to deliver the clinching point with a 21-17 win in the second set and a solid 15-10 victory in the third. Ebertin-Villapando improved to 12-1 this spring and posted their 10th straight victory.
In their first match back together after five apart, Megan Kraft and Sammy Slater went three sets with Parker Bracket and Kylie Deberg to tie the dual score at one-all on their 21-15, 21-23, 15-12 win at the No. 2 position. USC's second point came from the No. 3 court where Delaynie Maple and Julia Scoles extended their win streak to 31 straight sets and improved to 17-0 on the season with a 21-18, 21-17 win over Melia Lindner and Ashlyn Rasnick-Pope.
With the dual clinched, Tina Graudina and Hailey Harward went three sets in their match against Reilly Allred and Holly Carlton at the top court. After more than a week apart, Graudina and Harward found their footing and completed a 20-22, 21-19, 15-13 win over Allred-Carlton to improve to 13-1 on the season and extended their win streak to a dozen.
LSU scored the first dual point with a three-set win at court four as Kelli Greene-Agnew and Grace Seits took a 21-16, 22-24, 15-10 win over Audrey Nourse and Nicole Nourse. In a non-scoring exhibition match, Caroline Schafer and Shannon Scully got a 22-20 win in their first set over Sierra Caffo and Lara Boos, but the Tiger duo won the second set, 21-14.
The Trojans return to action in the afternoon with a 3 p.m. PT dual against ninth-ranked Hawai'i (15-8).
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.
No. 3 USC def. No. 6 LSU, 4-1
Manhattan Beach Pier · Manhattan Beach, Calif.
Saturday, April 2, 2022
RECORDS: USC (16-1), LSU (19-5)
1. Tina GRAUDINA/Hailey HARWARD (USC) def. Reilly ALLRED/Holly CARLTON (LSU); 20-22, 21-19, 15-13
2. Megan KRAFT/Sammy SLATER (USC) def. Parker BRACKEN/Kylie DEBERG (LSU); 21-15, 21-23, 15-12
3. Delaynie MAPLE/Julia SCOLES (USC) def. Melia LINDNER/Ashlyn RASNICK-POPE (LSU); 21-18, 21-17
4. Kelli GREENE-AGNEW/Grace SEITS (LSU) def. Audrey NOURSE/Nicole NOURSE (USC); 21-16, 22-24, 15-10
5. Mollie EBERTIN/Sunny VILLAPANDO (USC) def. Allison COENS/Ellie SHANK (LSU); 15-21, 21-17, 15-10
Exh. Caroline SCHAFER/Shannon SCULLY (USC) vs. Sierra CAFFO/Lara BOOS (LSU); 22-20, 14-21 DNF
Order of finish: 4, 2, 3, 5*, 1