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No. 3 UCLA Falls to No. 1 USC, 3-0

Apr 29, 2022
Lexy Denaburg (25) and Abby Van Winkle (21) took the first set on court one, the only set the Bruins claimed against USC.

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TUCSON, Ariz. -- No. 3 UCLA (31-7) fell to No. 1 USC (32-1) in the title game of the 2022 Pac-12 Championship, 3-0, on Friday afternoon at Arizona's Bear Down Beach. UCLA fell to 14-20 all-time against the Trojans.

USC's Audrey and Nicole Nourse put the Trojans up 1-0 with a 21-19, 21-17 win on court four over UCLA's Marlie Monserez and Rileigh Powers (10-2).

The Trojans' Megan Kraft and Sammy Slater held off UCLA's Devon Newberry and Jaden Whitmarsh (26-6) on court two to put USC up 2-0 with a 23-21, 21-18 hard-fought win.

Delaynie Maple and Julia Scoles opened up the second flight with a 21-15, 21-17 win over UCLA's Lea Monkhouse and Jessie Smith (10-4) to seal the dual victory for USC.

On court one, UCLA's Lexy Denaburg and Abby Van Winkle (23-8) took the first set off Tina Graudina and Hailey Harward, 21-18, and trailed just 14-13 when time was called.

UCLA's Natalie Myszkowski and Sophie Moore (28-5) didn't get to complete their match on court five where Mollie Ebertin and Sunny Villapando led 21-12, 20-15, when the dual was decided.

The Bruins now await their seeding for the 2022 NCAA Women's Beach Volleyball Championship in tomorrow's NCAA Selection Show to be streamed live on NCAA.com at 6:00 p.m. PT.

No. 1 USC def. No. 3 UCLA, 3-0
Bear Down Beach • Tucson, Ariz.
Friday, Apr. 29, 2022 • 2:00 PM PT
Records: UCLA (31-7), USC (32-1)
1. Lexy Denaburg/Abby Van Winkle (UCLA) vs. Tina Graudina/Hailey Harward (USC) 21-18, 13-14 DNF
2. Megan Kraft/Sammy Slater (USC) def. Jaden Whitmarsh/Devon Newberry (UCLA) 23-21, 21-18
3. Delaynie Maple/Julia Scoles (USC) def. Lea Monkhouse/Jessie Smith (UCLA) 21-15, 21-17
4. Audrey Nourse/Nicole Nourse (USC) def. Marlie Monserez/Rileigh Powers (UCLA) 21-19, 21-17
5. Natalie Myszkowski/Sophie Moore (UCLA) vs. Sunny Villapando/Mollie Ebertin (USC) 12-21, 15-20 DNF
Order of finish: 4, 2, 3*