No. 1 USC Extends Streak to 13 With Pair of 5-0 Wins

    USC junior Eve Ettinger teamed with Bria Russ to pick up the duo's 15th win today.

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    April 5, 2014

    BAKERSFIELD, Calif. - The No. 1-ranked USC women's sand volleyball team (14-1) pushed its program-long winning streak to 13 matches with a pair of 5-0 sweeps over Bakersfield (4-6) and San Jose State (0-8) at the CSUB Sand Courts on Saturday, April 5. It is the sixth straight 5-0 sweep for the Women of Troy and the 10th overall of the season.

    The Trojans posted their second sweep of the Road Runners to open the morning. Juniors Eve Ettinger and Bria Russ earned their 15th victory as a pair with a 21-13, 23-21 win over Sydney Harris and Danika Youngblood at court four. Freshmen Paige Hines and Nicolette Martin put up a 21-16, 21-18 win against Sara Little and Hazel Perrins on court five to give USC a 2-0 lead in the match.

    At the top court, senior Kirby Burnham and freshman Sara Hughes took out Debora Araujo and Molly O'Hagan, 21-11, 21-18, to clinch the dual. Seniors Sam Hirschmann and Natasa Siljkovic made the score 4-0 from court three where they beat Lisa Bartsch and Julia Bowen, 21-14, 21-10, before sophomore Alexa Strange and freshman Kelly Claes completed the sweep with a 21-17, 21-16 win over Mariah Alvidrez and Shayna Guitare at court two. In a non-counting match, junior Kati Duddridge and senior Brooke Fournier earned a 21-19, 21-11 win over Sophie Flemion and Star Campbell-Tucker.

    In their first meeting with the Spartans, the Women of Troy walked away with a 5-0 sweep on a clinching victory by Duddridge and Fournier at court three. The duo defeated Lauren Jacobsen and Cori O'Donoghue, 21-14, 21-11. At court five, senior Mary Buckingham teamed with Ettinger for a 21-7, 21-7 win against Lyndsay Albiani and Sabrina Webb, and at court four, freshman Alexx Murphy joined Russ for a 21-8, 21-17 win over Brittney Diffine and Lindsay Skadeland.

    With the dual in the bag, Claes and junior Alexa Stonish posted a 21-10, 21-8 win over McKenzie Palassou and Megan Powers at court two before Hines and Martin won, 21-15, 21-10, at the top court over Kiely Pieper and Tyanna Roy.

    The Trojans are back in action next weekend (April 12-13) in the USAV Collegiate Invitational in Hermosa Beach, Calif. Team and individual draws will be set and announced later this week. Please visit for a complete schedule and more information.

    No. 1 USC 5, Bakersfield 0
    CSUB Sand Volleyball Courts | Bakersfield, Calif.
    Saturday, April 5, 2014
    Records: (USC 13-1), Bakersfield (4-6)
    1. Kirby Burnham/Sara Hughes (USC) def. Debora Araujo/Molly O’Hagan (CSUB); 21-11, 21-18
    2. Kelly Claes/Alexa Strange (USC) def. Mariah Alvidrez/Shayna Guitare (CSUB); 21-17, 21-16
    3. Sam Hirschmann/Natasa Siljkovic (USC) def. Lisa Bartsch/Julia Bowen (CSUB); 21-14, 21-10
    4. Eve Ettinger/Bria Russ (USC) def. Sydney Haynes/Danika Youngblood (CSUB); 21-13, 23-21
    5. Paige Hines/Nicolette Martin (USC) def. Sara Little/Hazel Perrins (CSUB); 21-16, 21-18
    Order of finish: 4, 5, 1*, 3, 2
    6. Kati Duddridge/Brooke Fournier (USC) def. Sophie Flemion/Star Tucker-Campbell (CSUB); 21-19, 21-11

    No. 1 USC 5, San Jose State 0
    CSUB Sand Volleyball Courts | Bakersfield, Calif.
    Saturday, April 5, 2014
    Records: USC (14-1), San Jose State (0-8)
    1. Paige Hines/Nicolette Martin (USC) def. Kiely Pieper/Tyanna Roy (SJSU); 21-15, 21-10
    2. Kelly Claes/Alexa Stonish (USC) def. McKenzie Palassou/Megan Powers (SJSU); 21-10, 21-8
    3. Kati Duddridge/Brooke Fournier (USC) def. Lauren Jacobsen/Cori O’Donoghue (SJSU); 21-14, 21-11
    4. Alexx Murphy/Bria Russ (USC) def. Brittney Diffine/Lindsay Skadeland (SJSU); 21-8, 21-17
    5. Mary Buckingham/Eve Ettinger (USC) def. Lyndsay Albiani/Sabrina Webb (SJSU); 21-7, 21-7
    Order of finish: 5, 4, 3*, 2, 1