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No. 3 USC Beach Volleyball Posts 5-0 Victory Over No. 15 Panthers

Apr 3, 2022

MANHATTAN BEACH, Calif. – No. 3-ranked USC beach volleyball (19-1) picked up its 12th 5-0 sweep of the season by defeating 15th-ranked Florida International (15-5) to conclude the UCLA Invitational at Manhattan Beach Pier on Sunday, April 3.
 
The Women of Troy extended the program's fourth-longest win streak with their 18th-consecutive dual victory and improved to 8-0 all-time against the Panthers. USC also goes to 16-1 all-time on Manhattan Beach sand.
 
USC got started with a win at the No. 4 position where sisters Audrey Nourse and Nicole Nourse picked up a 21-17, 22-20 win over Emma Erteltova and Gina Lipscomb to improve to 12-3 on the season.
 
The Trojans went in front, 2-0, when Megan Kraft and Sammy Slater locked up a straight-set win over Zuzanna Bielak and Roberta Ribiero at court two, 21-16, 21-16. Kraft-Slater improves to 14-0 on the season with their 14th consecutive victory.
 
USC's top pair of Tina Graudina and Hailey Harward delivered the clinching point from the No. 1 position with a 21-9, 21-16 win over Giada Bianchi and Paige Kalkhoff for their 15th straight win. Graudina and Harward improve to 16-1 this season.
 
With the dual clinched, the Trojans added a fourth point from the No. 5 position when Mollie Ebertin and Sunny Villapando notched a 21-18, 22-20 win over Lisa Luini and Kendall Mather. In the only match to go three sets, Delaynie Maple and Julia Scoles fought it out with Rachele Mancinelli and Emily Meyer for a 22-24, 23-21, 15-10 win at the No. 3 position to improve to 20-0 on the season.
 
In a non-scoring exhibition match, Emily Hansen and Caroline Schafer split sets with Sophia Brandstetter and Sarah O'Keefe, 21-14, 13-21.
 
The Women of Troy head to the Bay Area for the Pac-12 North Invitational next weekend (April 9-10) at Stanford Beach Volleyball Stadium. USC will take on host Stanford and California on Saturday and then faces Arizona and Oregon on the second day of the two-day invitational. The Trojans' duals with the Cardinal and the Wildcats will be shown live on Pac-12 Bay Area.
 
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. 15 Florida International, 5-0
UCLA Invitational
Manhattan Beach Pier · Manhattan Beach, Calif.
Sunday, April 3, 2022
RECORDS: USC (19-1), Florida International (15-5)
1. Tina GRAUDINA/Hailey HARWARD (USC) def. Giada BIANCHI/Paige KALKHOFF (FIU); 21-9, 21-16
2. Megan KRAFT/Sammy SLATER (USC) def. Zuzanna BIELAK/Roberta RIBEIRO (FIU); 21-16, 21-16
3. Delaynie MAPLE/Julia SCOLES (USC) def. Rachele MANCINELLI/Emily MEYER (FIU); 22-24, 23-21, 15-10
4. Audrey NOURSE/Nicole NOURSE (USC) def. Emma ERTELTOVA/Gina LIPSCOMB (FIU); 21-17, 22-20
5. Mollie EBERTIN/Sunny VILLAPANDO (USC) def. Lisa LUINI/Kendall MATHER (FIU); 21-18, 22-20
Exh. Emily HANSEN/Caroline SCHAFER (USC) vs. Sophia BRANDSTETTER/Sarah O'KEEFE (FIU); 21-14, 13-21 DNF
Order of finish: 4, 2, 1*, 5, 3