No. 1 USC Takes Out Lions and Dons to Close Home Season|
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April 9, 2015
LOS ANGELES - The top-ranked USC women's sand volleyball team (17-0) continued to roll as the Women of Troy claimed wins over Loyola Marymount (2-9) and San Francisco (8-6) at Merle Norman Stadium on Thursday, April 9. The Trojans knocked off the Lions, 4-1, and then swept the Dons, 5-0.
USC honored its senior class of Eve Ettinger, Meg Norton, Bria Russ, Alexa Stonish, and Emily Young in pre-match ceremonies. Ettinger is the first four-year letterwinner in the program's brief history.
Against LMU, freshman Jenna Belton and Russ teamed up to post a 21-11, 21-11 win over Kristen Castellanos and Taylor Scioscia on court five for the first point of the day. Sophomores Nicolette Martin and Allie Wheeler dropped a three-set heartbreaker, 21-18, 16-21, 15-12, to Rachelle Suaava and Hannah Tedrow as the Lions evened the dual score.
USC went ahead, 2-1, with a win at court three where Ettinger and Norton put away Avery Bush and Anne Marie Taylor, 21-15, 21-9. The Trojans clinched the dual from court two when sophomore Sophie Bukovec and junior Alexa Strange claimed a 21-17, 27-25 win over Taylor Akana and Litara Keil. It took three sets, but sophomores Kelly Claes and Sara Hughes finished off the 4-1 win with a 21-16, 18-21, 15-8 victory over Betsi Metter and Sarah Sponcil.
In its first-ever meeting with the Dons, USC went up, 1-0, when Belton and Martin took a 21-10, 21-9 win against Katarina Pilepic and Emily Reed at court four. Russ and Stonish paired to produce a 25-23, 21-14 win over Jessica Keenan and Anja Segota on court five to push the Trojans ahead, 2-0.
Ettinger and Norton secured the clinching point on a 21-10, 21-13 win over Kiara McKibben and Oluoma Okaro on court three. Bukovec and Strange added a fourth point on their 21-18, 21-11 win over Jessica Gaffney and Sara Staengle on court two, and Claes and Hughes went the three-set distance to beat Courtney Sabahi and Valentina Zaloznik, 18-21, 21-18, 15-8, for the 5-0 sweep.
In non-scoring matches, freshmen Marielle Bagnard and Lorna Brandt defeated LMU's Lindsay Carr and Nicky Kevorken, 21-11, 21-11; and freshman Jo Kremer and Young teamed to take out Carr and Kevorken, 21-14. 21-9.
Up next for USC, the Trojans take part in the USAV Beach Collegiate Challenge at Hermosa Beach Pier in Hermosa Beach, Calif., on Saturday and Sunday (April 11-12). On Saturday, USC faces Santa Clara at 10 a.m. PT and Boise State at noon in dual matches. Silver and Bronze pairs brackets begin play at 3:30 p.m. On Sunday, Gold, Silver, and Bronze pairs brackets will play to produce individual champions.
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No. 1 USC 4, Loyola Marymount 1
No. 1 USC 5, San Francisco 0