No. 1 USC Will Defend NCAA Title as Top Seed

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    April 30, 2017

    INDIANAPOLIS -- The defending NCAA champion and top-ranked USC beach volleyball team (34-1) was awarded the top seed in the NCAA championships and will face eighth-seeded South Carolina (23-9) in the first round at 9 a.m. CT on Friday, May 8, in Gulf Shores, Ala. The Women of Troy have won each of the last two national titles (AVCA 2015) and seek an unprecedented third consecutive crown. USC is also the two-time defending Pac-12 champion.

    A win over the Gamecocks would move the Trojans into the second round where they would face the winner of a dual between fourth-seeded Florida State (27-7) and fifth-seeded Hawai'i (25-5) at 3 p.m. CT later that afternoon. Two-time AVCA champion Pepperdine (24-3) is seeded third and will face sixth-seeded Long Beach State (25-8). LBSU owns the only other national title (2013). UCLA (29-4) holds the No. 2 seed and will face No. 7 LSU (26-6) in a first-round match.

    The winner's bracket final is set for 3 p.m. CT on Saturday (May 6). The Elimination bracket final will play at 11 a.m. on Sunday (May7) with the championship dual set for 2 p.m. that day. Select matches will appear on truTV with championship match set for a live broadcast on TBS.

    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.