No. 3 USC Sand Overwhelms TCU to Claim 5-0 Season-Opening Win

    Sophomore Allie Wheeler had 20 kills and 10 digs in her match against TCU

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    March 12, 2015

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    LOS ANGELES - The third-ranked USC women's sand volleyball team (1-0) completed a strong 5-0 victory over TCU (0-9) to open the 2015 season on Thursday, March 12, at Merle Norman Stadium. The Women of Troy won their season-opening match for the fourth consecutive year and didn't drop a set against the Horned Frogs.

    The Trojans' newly formed duo of senior Bria Russ and freshman Jo Kremer got things started for USC with a 21-8, 21-15 win over TCU's sister tandem of Chyanne and Chyna Perkins. The Women of Troy took a 2-0 lead after sophomores Nicolette Martin and Allie Wheeler teamed up to take out Sarah Grantham and Blaire Pickens, 21-15, 21-9, from court four. It was Martin and Wheeler's 25th all-time win as a pair.

    The clinching point came from USC's top duo of sophomores Kelly Claes and Sara Hughes. The two delivered the win with a 21-14, 21-8 victory over Natalie Gower and Shane Peters at court one. The Trojans put up a fourth point from court three where seniors Eve Ettinger and Meg Norton came away with a 21-9, 21-11 win against Alexia Heist and Sutton Sunstrum. Junior Alexa Strange and sophomore Sophie Bukovec picked up the fifth point for USC when they finished off Macy Capen and Ashley Smith, 21-13, 21-15, at court No. 2.

    On court six, senior Alexa Stonish and sophomore Paige Hines played a non-scoring match against Sarita Mikals and Mia Swanegan and took a three-set win, 19-21, 22-20, 15-13.

    The Trojans will get little rest before they must turn around and face a strong fourth-ranked Florida State squad (4-2) and No. 6 Loyola Marymount (1-3) in back-to-back matches on Friday, March 13.

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    No. 3 USC 5, TCU 0
    Merle Norman Stadium | Los Angeles, Calif.
    Thursday, March 12, 2015
    Records: USC (1-0), TCU (0-9)
    1. Kelly Claes/Sara Hughes (USC) def. Natalie Gower/Shane Peters (TCU); 21-14, 21-8
    2. Sophie Bukovec/Alexa Strange (USC) def. Macy Capen/Ashley Smith (TCU); 21-13, 21-15
    3. Eve Ettinger/Meg Norton (USC) def. Alexia Heist/Sutton Sunstrum (TCU); 21-9, 21-11
    4. Nicolette Martin/Allie Wheeler (USC) def. Sarah Grantham/Blaire Pickens (TCU); 21-15, 21-9
    5. Jo Kremer/Bria Russ (USC) def. Chyanne Perkins/Chyna Perkins (TCU); 21-8, 21-15
    Order of finish: 5, 4, 1*, 3, 2
    6. Paige Hines/Alexa Stonish (USC) def. Sarita Mikals/Mia Swanegan (TCU); 19-21, 22-20, 15-13