Claes and Hughes Win 100th Straight to Help No. 1 USC Beat Washington

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    April 7, 2017

    LOS ANGELES -- The No. 1-ranked USC beach volleyball team (21-0) took down Washington (1-1) in the teams' first-ever meeting on Friday (April 7) at Merle Norman Stadium. The Women of Troy won their 51st straight dual and did so when seniors Kelly Claes and Sara Hughes clinched the win at the top court with a 21-8, 21-17 victory over Crissy Jones and Cassie Strickland for their 100th consecutive win together. Claes and Hughes improved to 119-3 overall.

    The Trojans got on the board first with a straight-set win at the bottom of the lineup. There, juniors Jenna Belton and Jo Kremer posted a 21-12, 21-12 result over Lindsay Chalmers and Avie Niece. USC tacked up a second point from court four as freshman Joy Dennis and sophomore Becca Dunn lined up a 21-17, 23-21 win over Anna Crabtree and Melanie Wade.

    Claes and Hughes sealed the dual for the Trojans next, but junior Terese Cannon and senior Nicolette Martin added a fourth point from court three on a 21-15, 21-16 win over Carly DeHoog and Shayne McPherson. In the dual's only match to go three sets, the Huskies scored with a 16-21, 21-16, 15-10 win as Destiny Julye and Courtney Schwan took down seniors Sophie Bukovec and Allie Wheeler at court two.

    Up next, the Women of Troy take on Arizona State (9-11) at Merle Norman Stadium. For more information on the two-time national champion USC beach volleyball team and a complete schedule, please visit and follow @USCBeach on Facebook, Twitter, Periscope, Instagram, and Snapchat.

    No. 1 USC def. Washington, 4-1
    Merle Norman Stadium | Los Angeles, Calif.
    Friday, April 7, 2017
    Records: USC (21-0), Washington (1-1)
    1. Kelly Claes/Sara Hughes (USC) def. Crissy Jones/Cassie Strickland (UW); 21-8, 21-17
    2. Destiny Julye/Courtney Schwan (UW) def. Sophie Bukovec/Allie Wheeler (USC); 16-21, 21-16, 15-10
    3. Terese Cannon/Nicolette Martin (USC) def. Carly DeHoog/Shayne McPherson (UW); 21-15, 21-16
    4. Joy Dennis/Becca Dunn (USC) def. Anna Crabtree/Melanie Wade (UW); 21-17, 23-21
    5. Jenna Belton/Jo Kremer (USC) def. Lindsay Chalmers/Avie Niece (UW); 21-12, 21-12
    Order of finish: 5, 4, 1*, 3, 2