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No. 1 USC Beach Volleyball Tops No. 17 Arizona and Oregon to Complete Pac-12 North Invite

Apr 10, 2022

STANFORD, Calif. – The No. 1-ranked USC beach volleyball team (23-1) claimed a 5-0 win over No. 17 Arizona (15-7) and completed a sweep of Oregon (9-14) to conclude play at the Pac-12 North Invitational at the Stanford Beach Volleyball Stadium and the Stanford Graduate School of Business Courts, respectively, on Sunday, April 10.
 
The Women of Troy extended the winning streak to 22 consecutive duals—now the third-longest streak in school history—and improved to 17-2 all-time in duals played in Northern California (12-2 in Stanford, Calif.) and to 120-14 all-time when they hold the No. 1 ranking. USC also goes to 9-0 all-time against the Wildcats and to 7-0 in seven meetings with the Ducks.
 
USC collected its 14th and 15th 5-0 sweeps of the season and has shutout its opponent in 16 duals. Trojan pairs won 12 matches on the day (including in two non-scoring exhibition matches) and dropped just one of 25 sets played.
 
At the top court, Tina Graudina and Hailey Harward improved to 20-1 on the season and have won 19 straight. Graudina-Harward knocked off Arizona's Alex Parkhurst and Alana Rennie, 21-16, 21-16, and defeated Oregon's Reagan Hope and Brooke Nuneviller, 24-22, 21-11.
 
After missing Saturday's matches, Megan Kraft returned to action to join Sammy Slater at the No. 2 position where the duo produced a 21-11, 21-9 win over Arizona's Sarah Blacker and former Trojan Maja Kaiser; and then took a 21-12, 21-14 win over Madelyn LaFollette and Daley McClellan of Oregon. Kraft-Slater remain undefeated on the season at 16-0.
 
At the No. 3 spot, Delaynie Maple and Julia Scoles continued to dominate and got a 21-11, 21-19 win over Dilara Gedikoglu and Jasmine Safar of Arizona, and a 21-13, 24-22 win over Alex Laita and Bea Wetton of Oregon. The two wins pushed the duo's team-leading record to 24-0 this season. The 24 straight matches won rank fifth all-time in program history for a pair.
 
Sisters Audrey Nourse and Nicole Nourse got a 24-22, 21-16 win against Dana Parker and Abby Russell of Arizona and then defeated Oregon's Chloe Brown and Batia Rotshtein in straight sets, 21-11, 21-8. The twins won their seventh match in a row and improved to 16-3 on the season and to 52-9 all-time as a pair. 
 
USC's No. 5 pair of Mollie Ebertin and Sunny Villapando went three sets with Arizona's Annie Kost and Hope Shannon, but won, 19-21, 21-15, 15-8. They then took down Oregon's Ashley Shroeder and Ella Tyus, 21-18, 21-12, for their fifth straight victory and improved to 18-2 overall. 
 
In a non-scoring exhibition match against the Wildcats, Emily Hansen and Caroline Schafer beat Arizona's Summer McDonough and Kali Uhl, 21-12, 21-14. The Trojans paired former indoor volleyball players Paige Hammons and Shannon Scully for an exhibition against the Ducks. The Trojan duo defeated Ally Haden and Savannah Siegrist, 21-9, 21-15, for the win.
 
USC heads up the coast to San Luis Obispo, Calif., next weekend (April 15-16) for the Center of Effort Challenge hosted by Cal Poly at the Swanson Beach Volleyball Complex. The Trojans take on LMU, host Cal Poly, Florida State, and UCLA in four duals.
 
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. 1 USC def. No. 17 Arizona, 5-0
Pac-12 North Invitational
Stanford Beach Volleyball Stadium · Stanford, Calif.
Sunday, April 10, 2022
RECORDS: USC (22-1), Arizona (15-7)
1. Tina GRAUDINA/Hailey HARWARD (USC) def. Alex PARKHURST/Alana RENNIE (ARIZ); 21-16, 21-16
2. Megan KRAFT/Sammy SLATER (USC) def. Sarah BLACKER/Maja KAISER (ARIZ); 21-11, 21-9
3. Delaynie MAPLE/Julia SCOLES (USC) def. Dilara GEDIKOGLU/Jasmine SAFAR (ARIZ); 21-11, 21-19
4. Audrey NOURSE/Nicole NOURSE (USC) def. Dana PARKER/Abby RUSSELL (ARIZ); 24-22, 21-16
5. Mollie EBERTIN/Sunny VILLAPANDO (USC) def. Annie KOST/Hope SHANNON (ARIZ); 19-21, 21-15, 15-8
Exh. Emily HANSEN/Caroline SCHAFER (USC) def. Summer McDONOUGH/Kali UHL (ARIZ); 21-12, 21-14
Order of finish: 2, 4, 1*, 3, 5
 
No. 1 USC def. Oregon, 5-0
Pac-12 North Invitational
Stanford Graduate School of Business Courts · Stanford, Calif.
Sunday, April 10, 2022
RECORDS: USC (23-1), Oregon (9-14)
1. Tina GRAUDINA/Hailey HARWARD (USC) def. Reagan HOPE/Brooke NUNEVILLER (ORE); 24-22, 21-11
2. Megan KRAFT/Sammy SLATER (USC) def. Madelyn LaFOLLETTE/Daley McCLELLAN (ORE); 21-12, 21-14
3. Delaynie MAPLE/Julia SCOLES (USC) def. Alex LAITA/Bea WETTON (ORE); 21-13, 24-22
4. Audrey NOURSE/Nicole NOURSE (USC) def. Chloe BROWN/Batia ROTSHTEIN (ORE); 21-11, 21-8
5. Mollie EBERTIN/Sunny VILLAPANDO (USC) def. Ashley SHROEDER/Ella TYUS (ORE); 21-18, 21-12
Exh. Paige HAMMONS/Shannon SCULLY (USC) def. Ally HADEN/Savannah SIEGRIST (ORE); 21-9, 21-15
Order of finish: 4, 1, 2*, 3, 5