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No. 1 USC Beach Volleyball Set for Four at Pac-12 North Invitational

Apr 5, 2022

LOS ANGELES – No. 1-ranked USC beach volleyball (19-1) carries an 18-dual win streak into four contests at the Pac-12 North Invitational this weekend. The Trojans take on ninth-ranked host Stanford (13-6) and No. 12 California (19-6) on Saturday (April 9) and then meet No. 17 Arizona (14-5) and Oregon (8-11) on Sunday (April 10). The Women of Troy are 13-2 all-time in Northern California and hold an 8-2 record when they play in Stanford. The weekend is a homecoming and a reunion for a pair of Trojans. Sunny Villapando played four seasons as an undergraduate with the Cardinal and will return to her alma mater and former home courts. Caroline Schafer lettered for four years with the Golden Bears and will get to face former teammates when USC meets Cal.

2022 PAC-12 NORTH INVITATIONAL
Stanford Beach Volleyball Stadium and GSB Courts • Stanford, Calif.

MATCH #21 • Saturday, April 9 8 a.m. PT
No. 1 USC (19-1) at No. 9 Stanford (13-6)
SERIES HISTORY: USC leads, 10-0 (1.000)
STREAK: Won 10 • LAST 10: 10-0
LAST MEETING: W 5-0 (Mar. 6, 2022 • Merle Norman Stadium)
TV: Pac-12 Bay Area
OPPONENT WEBSITE: GoStanford.com

MATCH #22 • Saturday, April 9 2 p.m. PT GSB Courts
No. 1 USC (19-1) vs. No. 12 California (19-6)
SERIES HISTORY: USC leads, 9-2 (.818)
STREAK: Won 1 • LAST 10: 8-2
LAST MEETING: W 5-0 (April 10, 2021 • Phoenix, Ariz.)
OPPONENT WEBSITE: CalBears.com

MATCH #23 • Sunday, April 10 10 a.m. PT
No. 1 USC (19-1) vs. No. 17 Arizona (14-5)
SERIES HISTORY: USC leads, 8-0 (1.000)
STREAK: Won 8 • LAST 10: 8-0
LAST MEETING: W 5-0 (March 2, 2019 • Tucson, Ariz.)
TV: Pac-12 Bay Area
OPPONENT WEBSITE: ArizonaAthletics.com

MATCH #24 • Sunday, April 10 2 p.m. PT GSB Courts
No. 1 USC (19-1) vs. Oregon (8-11)
SERIES HISTORY: USC leads, 6-0 (1.000)
STREAK: Won 6 • LAST 10: 6-0
LAST MEETING: W 3-0 (April 29, 2021 • Los Angeles, Calif.)
OPPONENT WEBSITE: GoDucks.com

BARE E-SAND-SHELLS

  • Defending champion USC owns four national championships including the first NCAA title in 2016 (AVCA '15, NCAA '17, '21).
  • The Women of Troy also own three Pac-12 crowns (2016, '17, '19).
  • USC is 55-10 under third-year head coach Dain Blanton.
  • The Trojans have logged 5-0 wins 12 times this spring (124 all-time). 
  • USC is ranked No. 1 in both the AVCA and the CBVB.com Poll. It is the 83rd time (of 83) the Trojans are ranked by the AVCA; USC's 82nd time in the top 5. The Trojans have also held the No. 1 ranking a record 46 times.
  • The Trojans' 18-dual winning streak is the fourth longest in program history.
  • The Women of Troy are 13-2 all-time in Northern California (8-2 at Stanford).
  • USC has celebrated 13 different AVCA All-Americans (24 certificates). Four All-Americans return in 2022: Sammy Slater, Tina Graudina, Julia Scoles, and Megan Kraft.
  • Three transfers join the roster this season, all with experience at the No. 1 position at previous schools: Emily Hansen (CSU Bakersfield), Caroline Schafer (California), and Sunny Villapando (Stanford).
  • Three Trojans hail from Northern California. Schafer is from Orinda in the East Bay. Mollie Ebertin is from Saratoga, and Caitlin Cummings is from Pacifica.

THE CHAMP IS HERE: USC is the defending NCAA champion. The Trojans captured the program's third NCAA title and fourth national crown in 2021. USC won the final AVCA championship in 2015 and owns the first two NCAA titles (2016, '17) in addition to last year's championship. The Women of Troy have also claimed three Pac-12 championships (2016, '17, '19).
 
LAST TIME OUT: USC collected four wins at the UCLA Invitational to extend the program's fourth longest win streak to 18 duals. The Trojans took down No. 6 LSU and No. 2 TCU in 4-1 results and picked up their 11th and 12th sweeps of the season with 5-0 wins over No. 9 Hawai'i and No. 15 Florida International. USC pairs at the top three courts went undefeated and all extended to double-digit win streaks. At court three, Delaynie Maple and Julia Scoles became the first Trojan pair to reach 20 wins this season as they improved to 20-0.
 
CENTURY CITY: Two Trojans crossed the 100-career wins plateau this season. Tina Graudina became the program's 10th player to win 100 matches on March 16 during USC's victory over Florida International. She is now 107-9 in her four-year collegiate career and ranks eighth in USC history. Sammy Slater is right on Graudina's heels and collected her 100th win against Arizona State on March 26. Slater now has 105-career wins, which ranks ninth all-time. Four-time All-American Sara Hughes leads all players with 190-career victories. Kelly Claes (180), Nicolette Martin (141), and Allie Wheeler (130), comprise an elite group of four Women of Troy to have recorded over 125 wins. Jenna Belton finished with 124 wins and is followed by Abril Bustamante (121) and Terese Cannon (112). Jo Kremer, Joy Dennis, and Tina Graudina each have 103-career victories to tie for eighth all-time in program history.
 
IN THE LONG RUN: The Trojans' current 18-match winning streak is the team's fourth-longest streak of victories and marks the eighth time that USC has put together a double-digit win streak. Last season, the Women of Troy had two winning streaks of 13 and 12 matches. The program record is 62 consecutive wins from March 11, 2016, to April 27, 2017.