No. 1 USC Beach Volleyball Tops No. 13 Cal Poly to Push Streak to 24 Duals
SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. – The No. 1-ranked USC beach volleyball team (25-1) claimed a 5-0 win over No. 13 Cal Poly (17-12) to go to 2-0 in the Center of Effort Challenge at the Swanson Beach Volleyball Complex on Friday, April 15.
The Women of Troy extended their winning streak to 24 consecutive duals—the third-longest streak in school history—and improved to 122-14 all-time when they hold the No. 1 ranking. USC gets its 16th 5-0 sweep of the season (17th shutout victory) and goes to 7-0 all-time against the Mustangs.
The Trojans scored the first dual point with a win at the No. 3 position where Delaynie Maple and Julia Scoles continued to roll with a 21-7, 21-11 win over Peyton Dueck and Addison Hermstad. Maple and Scoles run their streak to 26 matches to tie the third-longest streak in program history (held by Audrey Nourseand Nicole Nourse) and stay unbeaten at 26-0.
USC went on top, 2-0, with a win at the top spot where Tina Graudina and Hailey Harward got the 21-12, 21-13 win over Ella Connor and Tia Miric, for their 21st consecutive win to improve to 22-1 overall.
The clinching point went up with a 21-13, 23-21 win at court two when Megan Kraft and Sammy Slater beat Piper Ferch and Jayelin Lombard for their 18th straight win to stay unbeaten at 18-0. USC went up, 4-0, with a win at court four where the Nourse sisters took a 21-17, 21-16 win over Julia Soeller and Mariah Whalen.
USC completed the sweep from court five with a three-set win by Mollie Ebertin and Shannon Scully. The duo defeated Piper Naess and Josie Ulrich, 18-21, 21-17, 15-12.
The Trojans complete the Center of Effort Challenge with top-five matchups against No. 4 Florida State and No. 3 UCLA tomorrow (April 16) at the Swanson Beach Volleyball Complex.
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. 13 Cal Poly, 5-0
Center of Effort Challenge
Swanson Beach Volleyball Complex · San Luis Obispo, Calif.
Friday, April 15, 2022
RECORDS: USC (25-1), Cal Poly (17-12)
1. Tina GRAUDINA/Hailey HARWARD (USC) def. Ella CONNOR/Tia MIRIC (CP); 21-12, 21-13
2. Megan KRAFT/Sammy SLATER (USC) def. Piper FERCH/Jayelin LOMBARD (CP); 21-13, 23-21
3. Delaynie MAPLE/Julia SCOLES (USC) def. Peyton DUECK/Addison HERMSTAD (CP); 21-7, 21-11
4. Audrey NOURSE/Nicole NOURSE (USC) def. Julia SOELLER/Mariah WHALEN (CP); 21-17, 21-16
5. Mollie EBERTIN/Shannon SCULLY (USC) def. Piper NAESS/Josie ULRICH (CP); 18-21, 21-17, 15-12
Order of finish: 3, 1, 2*, 4, 5