Bukovec and Wheeler Tabbed Pac-12 Beach Volleyball Pair of the Week

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    April 25, 2017

    SAN FRANCISCO -- The USC beach volleyball pair of seniors Sophie Bukovec (Toronto, Ontario, Canada) and Allie Wheeler (Saratoga, Calif.) was named Pac-12 Pair of the Week for the week of April 17-24, as announced by the conference on Tuesday, April 25.

    It is the fifth time this season that a USC tandem was chosen for Pac-12 weekly honor and the 11th time that a Trojan duo has received the conference's Pair of the Week title (six times in 2016). Separately, Bukovec won Pair of the Week honors with former partner Alexa Strange on April 18, 2016; and Wheeler has the distinction of being chosen with former partner Nicolette Martin as the first pair ever to win the Pac-12's weekly award on March 8, 2016.

    Bukovec-Wheeler went 5-0 and didn't drop a set to help the Trojans win five duals and complete the regular season with an unblemished 30-0 record. No opposing pair could even reach 19 points in any set against the streaking USC tandem. In pivotal victories over No. 5-ranked Long Beach State and No. 2 UCLA, Bukovec and Wheeler made short work of their opponents to help secure the dual decision.

    The duo beat LBSU's Sasha Karelov and Kobi Pekich, 21-16, 21-14; and took down UCLA's Kamila Tan and Madi Yeomans, 21-13, 21-13. The Trojan seniors also defeated Stanford's Payton Chang and Ivana Vanjak, 21-16, 21-13, and earned wins over Madi Busler and Jocelyn Rodriguez of CSU Bakersfield (21-12, 21-18) and Taylor Nelson and Adlee Van Winden of Cal Poly (21-15, 21-17). Bukovec and Wheeler improved to 17-5 on the season with a 16-4 mark in duals.

    The top-ranked Women of Troy (30-0) are set to defend their Pac-12 Championship and will open the upcoming conference tournament on Thursday (April 27) in Tucson, Ariz., at the Arizona Beach Volleyball Courts. All of the team championship matches will be shown live on the Pac-12 Networks and all six regional networks. Following the team competition, a pairs' champion will be crowned after an 18-pair bracket is played down on Friday afternoon through Saturday (April 29).

    For more information on the two-time national champion USC beach volleyball team and a complete schedule, please visit USCTrojans.com and follow @USCBeach on Facebook, Twitter, Periscope, Instagram, and Snapchat.

    ALL-TIME USC PAC-12 BEACH VOLLEYBALL PAIRS OF THE WEEK

    2016
    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)

    2017
    Kelly Claes and Sara Hughes -- No. 1 (Mar. 7)
    Jenna Belton and Jo Kremer -- No. 5 (Mar. 21)
    Terese Cannon and Nicolette Martin -- No. 3 (Mar. 28)
    Kelly Claes and Sara Hughes -- No. 1 (Apr. 4)
    Sophie Bukovec and Allie Wheeler -- No. 2 (Apr. 25)