Belton and Kremer Garner Pac-12 Beach Volleyball Pair of the Week Honors

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    March 21, 2017

    SAN FRANCISCO -- The USC beach volleyball pair of juniors Jenna Belton (Aptos, Calif.) and Jo Kremer (Pacific Palisades, Calif.) was named Pac-12 Pair of the Week for the week of March 13-20, as announced by the conference on Tuesday, March 21. It is the first time that a No. 5 pair has been awarded the weekly honor and the eighth all-time selection for the top-ranked Women of Troy.

    Belton and Kremer dropped just one set and went 7-0 this week to help the Trojans also go 7-0 and capture the 2017 Outrigger Hawai'i Invitational title. The USC duo improved to 9-1 overall and are now on a seven-match winning streak, which includes 11 straight sets.

    Belton and Kremer defeated Nebraska's Brooke Smith and Sydney Townsend twice: 21-13, 21-10 in the first meeting and 21-11, 21-17 in the second. They also took down Katie Horton and Eva Toruella from No. 4 Florida State, 21-13, 15-21, 16-14 in the teams' first meeting and then took down Ali Eager and Hailey Luke from the Seminoles, 21-11, 21-18 in the second meeting.

    The Trojan tandem defeated Utah's Berkeley Oblad and Emily Twohig, 21-14, 21-14, and Halli Amaro and Brooke Burling from No. 7-ranked Arizona, 21-15, 21-15. In the final match of the tournament, Belton and Kremer delivered the clinching point in USC's victory over No. 5 Hawai'i by posting a 22-20, 21-18 win over Amy Ozee and Hannah Zalopany.

    The No. 1-ranked Trojans (11-0) carry a record 41-match winning streak into the week and will play their first home dual of the season as hosts to Loyola Marymount (6-6) on Wednesday (March 22) at noon PT on the sand at Merle Norman Stadium. Following the dual, the teams will play a pairs' tournament beginning at approximately 2 p.m. USC then heads to Columbia, S.C., for the Gamecock Grand Slam -- Dan Apol Memorial tournament at Wheeler Beach. The Women of Troy will face No. 4 Florida State, No. 9 host South Carolina No. 9 Georgia State, and No. 13 Stetson in the two-day tournament, March 25-26.

    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.

    Nicolette Martin and Allie Wheeler -- No. 3 (Mar. 8)
    Kelly Claes and Sara Hughes -- No. 1 (Mar. 21)
    Jenna Belton and Abril Bustamante -- No. 4 (Mar. 28)
    Kelly Claes and Sara Hughes -- No. 1 (Apr. 11)
    Sophie Bukovec and Alexa Strange -- No. 2 (Apr. 18)
    Kelly Claes and Sara Hughes -- No. 1 (Apr. 25)

    Kelly Claes and Sara Hughes -- No. 1 (Mar. 7)
    Jenna Belton and Jo Kremer -- No. 5 (Mar. 21)