No. 1 Trojans Complete Perfect Week With Sweep of Arizona State

    USC sophomore Kelly Claes

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    March 28, 2015

    TEMPE, Ariz. - The No. 1-ranked USC women's sand volleyball team (12-0) defeated Arizona State (3-8) in a 5-0 sweep at the Pera Club on Saturday, March 28. The Women of Troy won their sixth dual match in five days and extended their school-record winning streak to 12 duals.

    USC started the day with a win at court four where freshman Jenna Belton and sophomore Nicolette Martin teamed to defeat Whitney Follette and Halle Harker, 21-17, 21-16. Sophomore Sophie Bukovec and junior Alexa Strange went three sets to beat Jordy Checkal and Bethany Jorgensen, 21-18, 17-21, 15-8, at court two. Seniors Eve Ettinger and Meg Norton sealed the dual victory from court three on their 21-7, 21-12 win over Sydney Palmer and Kizzy Willey.

    At the top court, sophomores Kelly Claes and Sara Hughes won 21-15, 21-12, over Bianca Arellano and Macey Gardner to give the Trojans a 4-0 lead. Freshman Jo Kremer and senior Bria Russ tied the bow on the 5-0 sweep with a 22-20, 21-17 win over Frances Giedraitis and Andi Lowrance at court five.

    The Women of Troy are off until Thursday (April 2) when they host Loyola Marymount (1:30 p.m.) and Concordia (3 p.m.) in matches at Merle Norman Stadium. Both duals will be broadcast live on the Pac-12 Networks with Holly McPeak and Anne Marie Anderson on the call.

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    No. 1 USC 5, Arizona State 0
    The Pera Club | Tempe, Ariz.
    Saturday, March 28, 2015
    Records: Arizona State (3-8), USC (12-0)
    1. Kelly Claes/Sara Hughes (USC) def. Bianca Arellano/Macey Gardner (ASU); 21-15, 21-12
    2. Sophie Bukovec/Alexa Strange (USC) def. Jordy Checkal/Bethany Jorgensen (ASU); 21-18, 17-21, 15-8
    3. Eve Ettinger/Meg Norton (USC) def. Sydney Palmer/Kizzy Willey (ASU); 21-7, 21-12
    4. Jenna Belton/Nicolette Martin (USC) def. Whitney Follette/Halle Harker (ASU); 21-17, 21-16
    5. Jo Kremer/Bria Russ (USC) def. Frances Giedraitis/Andi Lowrance (ASU); 22-20, 21-17
    Order of finish: 4, 2, 3*, 1, 5