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No. 1 USC Opens NCAA Run With 3-0 Sweep of UT Martin

May 4, 2022

GULF SHORES, Ala. – The top-seeded and No. 1-ranked USC beach volleyball team (33-1) defeated 16th-seeded UT Martin (17-9) from the Ohio Valley Conference by a 3-0 count to open the 2022 NCAA Championship at Gulf Shores Beach on Wednesday, May 4.
 
The Women of Troy extend their winning streak to 32 duals—the second longest streak in program history—in their first-ever meeting with the Skyhawks. USC improves to 19-4 all-time in duals at the NCAA Championship and to 26-8 in matches played in Gulf Shores.
 
The Trojans' top three courts scored the points needed to sweep the Skyhawks. At the top court, Tina Graudina and Hailey Harward completed a 21-10, 21-11 win over Karen Scanlon and Logan Wallick to give USC a 1-0 lead in the dual. It was the 27th straight win for Graudina and Harward who improve to 28-1 on the season. The 27-match win streak is the third-longest in school history and improves USC's top pairs to 19-0 all-time in NCAA matches.
 
Moments later at the No. 2 position when Megan Kraft and Sammy Slater turned in a 21-9, 21-5 win over Dylan Mott and Hannah Phillips. It was the 24th straight win for Kraft-Slater who improved to 24-0 on the season.
 
The dual was clinched at the No. 3 spot when Delaynie Maple and Julia Scoles got a 21-13, 21-13 win over Kambree Lucas and Haeleigh Pauline. It was the duo's fifth straight win as they improve to 33-1 this season, which ties for the 12th most wins by a USC pair all-time.
 
Play was suspended at the fourth and fifth positions when the dual was clinched. At court four, Audrey Nourse and Nicole Nourse won their first set over Kayla Carrell and Addison Conley and were leading in the second when play was suspended, 21-7, 18-9. At court five, Mollie Ebertin and Sunny Villapando took a 21-15 win over Brooke Kuball and Addy Vaughn in the first set and led, 15-10, in the second.
 
The Trojans move on to face eighth-seeded No. 12 Florida Atlantic (23-10) in a 9 a.m. CT (7 a.m. PT) dual in the winner's bracket quarterfinal round. The eight advancing teams from the first round of play will play in the traditional double-elimination format bracket to determine a champion on Friday-Sunday (May 6-8). All matches will be carried live on the ESPN family of networks. 
 
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.
 
[1] No. 1 USC def. [16] UT Martin, 3-0
NCAA Championship · First Round
Gulf Shores Beach · Gulf Shores, Ala.
Wednesday, May 4, 2022
RECORDS: USC (33-1), UT Martin (17-9)
1. Tina GRAUDINA/Hailey HARWARD (USC) def. Karen SCANLON/Logan WALLICK (UTM); 21-10, 21-11
2. Megan KRAFT/Sammy SLATER (USC) def. Dylan MOTT/Hannah PHILLIPS (UTM); 21-9, 21-5
3. Delaynie MAPLE/Julia SCOLES (USC) def. Kambree LUCAS/Haeleigh PAULINO (UTM); 21-13, 21-13
4. Audrey NOURSE/Nicole NOURSE (USC) vs. Kayla CARRELL/Addison CONLEY (UTM); 21-7, 18-9 DNF
5. Mollie EBERTIN/Sunny VILLAPANDO (USC) vs. Brooke KUBALL/Addy VAUGHN (UTM); 21-15, 15-10 DNF
Order of finish: 1, 2, 3*