USC's Megan Kraft, Sammy Slater Tabbed Pac-12 Beach Volleyball Pair of the Week
SAN FRANCISCO Calif. – USC beach volleyball sophomore Megan Kraft (San Diego, Calif.) and graduate Sammy Slater (Ventura, Calif.) were selected as the Pac-12's Pair of the Week for the week of April 11-17, the Conference announced on Tuesday, April 19.
Kraft-Slater went 4-0 and collected three wins over top-six opponents at the No. 2 position. The duo pushed their win streak to 20 consecutive matches to remain unbeaten when paired at 20-0. Individually, Slater won her 112th-career match to move into eighth place in USC history. Kraft picked up her 55th-career victory.
The pair started the weekend at the Center of Effort Challenge with a hard-fought win over No. 6 Loyola Marymount's Marine Kinna and Avery Poppinga, 19-21, 21-19, 15-8, to help the Trojans edge the Lions, 3-2. In a straight-set victory over tournament host Cal Poly's Piper Ferch and Jayelin Lombard, Kraft-Slater's 21-13, 23-21 delivered the clinching point in a 5-0 sweep of the Mustangs.
Kraft and Slater picked up a second straight-set win against No. 4-ranked Florida State's pair of Alaina Chacon and Madison Fitzpatrick, 21-15, 21-14, to help the Trojans earn the first 5-0 sweep in series history with the Seminoles. They then concluded the weekend with a 17-21, 21-19, 15-7 victory over No. 3 UCLA's Devon Newberry and Jaden Whitmarsh to seal a 4-1 dual win over the Bruins.
Slater earns her fourth-career Pac-12 weekly honor. She won once in 2019 as a sophomore paired with Terese Cannon and then was chosen twice when teamed with Tina Graudina in 2021. Kraft picks up her second-career award after winning once with Graudina in 2021. It is the 26th time that a USC pair has been chosen for the award; the most all-time among Pac-12 schools.
The No. 1-ranked Women of Troy (27-1) have won 26 straight duals—the third-longest streak in program history—as they conclude the regular season with a rematch against crosstown rival UCLA (27-4) at Merle Norman Stadium on Friday (April 22) at 1 p.m. PT. The dual is USC's Senior Day with ceremonies set to begin at 12:45 p.m. ahead of the match.
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.