No. 3 Women of Troy Rack Up 4-1 Wins Over No. 4 FSU and No. 6 LMU

    USC senior Bria Russ won both her matches with different partners today.

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    March 13, 2015

    LOS ANGELES - The third-ranked USC women's sand volleyball team (3-0) posted back-to-back 4-1 wins over ranked opponents on Friday, March 13, at Merle Norman Stadium. The Women of Troy defeated No. 4 Florida State (5-3) to open the day and then claimed a victory against No. 6 Loyola Marymount (1-5).

    In the day's first dual, the Trojans' duo of freshman Jenna Belton and senior Bria Russ tacked up a 21-19, 23-21 win against Vanessa Freire and Annie Montgomery of Florida State on court five to start USC off. The Seminoles evened the score with a win at court four where Victoria Paranagua and Kristina Pellitteri edged Trojan sophomores Nicolette Martin and Allie Wheeler, 21-19, 21-19.

    An injury at the top court forced Florida State to forfeit the match and gave the Trojans a 2-1 lead. Sophomore Sophie Bukovec and junior Alexa Strange had the clinching point at court two where they defeated Taylor Nyquist and Katherine Plessy, 21-12, 21-17. USC added a fourth point at No. 3 when seniors Eve Ettinger and Meg Norton upended Julie Brown and Stephanie Pellitteri, 21-16, 21-19.

    Martin and Wheeler bounced back from the morning's loss and defeated LMU's Rachelle Suaava and Hannah Tedrow, 21-15, 21-15, on court four to give the Trojans the first point of the second dual. Russ teamed with freshman Jo Kremer and earned a 2-0 lead for USC as they took out Kristen Castellanos and Taylor Scioscia, 19-21, 21-7, 15-4, at court five.

    Ettinger and Norton delivered the knockout punch as they put together a 21-9, 21-12 win on court three against Avery Bush and Anne Marie Taylor. The Lions got on the board when their top pair of Betsi Metter and Sarah Sponcil shocked the Trojans' tandem of sophomores Kelly Claes and Sara Hughes, 21-19, 21-15. Bukovec and Strange had the fourth point on a 21-19, 21-12 win against Taylor Akana and Litara Keil.

    In a non-counting match with LMU, freshmen Marielle Bagnard and Olivia Asprey won, 21-15, 21-16, against Lindsay Carr and Nicky Kevorken. In a non-counter with FSU, Kremer and freshman Lorna Brandt fell in three sets, 18-21, 21-17, 15-9, to Katie Horton and Kayla Joyce. Earlier in the day, Florida State posted a 3-2 win over Loyola Marymount.

    The Women of Troy will see many of the same pairs in a 20-team single-elimination tournament tomorrow (March 14) at Merle Norman Stadium. Action begins at 9 a.m. PT. For more information on the USC sand volleyball team and a complete schedule, please visit USCTrojans.com and follow @USCSandVBall on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

    No. 4 Florida State 3, No. 6 Loyola Marymount 2
    Merle Norman Stadium | Los Angeles, Calif.
    Friday, March 13, 2015
    Records: Florida State (5-2), Loyola Marymount (1-4)
    1. Betsi Metter/Sarah Sponcil (LMU) def. Jace Pardon/Sarah Wickstrom (FSU); 20-22, 21-19, 17-15
    2. Taylor Akana/Litara Keil (LMU) def. Julie Brown/Stephanie Pellitteri (FSU); 12-21, 21-14, 15-10
    3. Taylor Nyquist/Katherine Plessy (FSU) def. Avery Bush/Anne Marie Taylor (LMU); 21-15, 21-18
    4. Victoria Paranagua/Kristina Pellitteri (FSU) def. Rachelle Suaava/Hannah Tedrow (LMU); 21-15, 21-19
    5. Vanessa Freire/Annie Montgomery (FSU) def. Kristen Castellanos/Taylor Scioscia (LMU); 21-11, 21-11
    Order of finish: 5, 4, 3*, 2, 1
    6. Blyss Harkness/Sierra Sanchez (FSU) def. Lindsay Carr/Nicky Kevorken (LMU); 21-17, 21-11

    No. 3 USC 4, No. 4 Florida State 1
    Merle Norman Stadium | Los Angeles, Calif.
    Friday, March 13, 2015
    Records: USC (2-0), Florida State (5-3)
    1. Kelly Claes/Sara Hughes (USC) def. Jace Pardon/Sarah Wickstrom (FSU); DNP - FSU Inj. Forfeit
    2. Sophie Bukovec/Alexa Strange (USC) def. Taylor Nyquist/Katherine Plessy (FSU); 21-12, 21-17
    3. Eve Ettinger/Meg Norton (USC) def. Julie Brown/Stephanie Pellitteri (FSU); 21-16, 21-19
    4. Victoria Paranagua/Kristina Pellitteri (FSU) def. Nicolette Martin/Allie Wheeler (USC); 21-19, 21-19
    5. Jenna Belton/Bria Russ (USC) def. Vanessa Freire/Annie Montgomery (FSU); 21-19, 23-21
    Order of finish: 5, 4, 1, 2*, 3
    6. Katie Horton/Kayla Joyce (FSU) def. Lorna Brandt/Jo Kremer (USC); 18-21, 21-17, 15-9

    No. 3 USC 4, No. 6 Loyola Marymount 1
    Merle Norman Stadium | Los Angeles, Calif.
    Friday, March 13, 2015
    Records: USC (3-0), Loyola Marymount (1-5)
    1. Betsi Metter/Sarah Sponcil (LMU) def. Kelly Claes/Sara Hughes (USC); 21-19, 21-15
    2. Sophie Bukovec/Alexa Strange (USC) def. Taylor Akana/Litara Keil (LMU); 21-19, 21-12
    3. Eve Ettinger/Meg Norton (USC) def. Avery Bush/Anne Marie Taylor (LMU); 21-9, 21-12
    4. Nicolette Martin/Allie Wheeler (USC) def. Rachelle Suaava/Hannah Tedrow (LMU); 21-15, 21-15
    5. Jo Kremer/Bria Russ (USC) def. Kristen Castellanos/Taylor Scioscia (LMU); 19-21, 21-7, 15-4
    Order of finish: 4, 5, 3*, 1, 2
    6. Olivia Asprey/Marielle Bagnard (USC) def. Lindsay Carr/Nicky Kevorken (LMU); 21-15, 21-16