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No. 1 USC Beach Volleyball Locks Down No. 5 Lions for 4-1 Victory

No. 1 USC Beach Volleyball Locks Down No. 5 Lions for 4-1 Victory


Women’s Beach Volleyball | February 23, 2024

HONOLULU – The No. 1-ranked USC beach volleyball team (2-1) defeated No. 5 Loyola Marymount (1-2) by a 4-1 count on Queen’s Beach at the Outrigger Duke Kahanamoku Beach Classic on Friday, Feb. 23.
 
The Women of Troy improved to 28-0 in all-time meetings with the Lions and go to 25-3 all-time on the Hawaiian Islands. The Trojans also improved to 136-15 when they are ranked No. 1 in the AVCA poll.
 
The Trojans clinched the match on a win from their No. 2 pair of twin graduates Audrey Nourse and Nicole Nourse. The sisters defeated Isabelle Reffel and Abbey Thorup, 21-10, 18-21, 16-14, for their 93rd-career victory when paired.
 
The Trojans took the first point of the dual with a win at the No. 4 position when sophomores Gabby Walker and Madison White claimed a 21-12, 22-20 win over Jaeya Brach and Chloe Hooker. USC went on top, 2-0, with a win at the top spot when seniors Megan Kraft and Delaynie Maple completed a 21-19, 21-18 win over Vilhelmiina Prihti and Michelle Shaffer for their 31st victory as a pair to move into a tie for 16th all-time in program history.
 
USC tacked up a fourth point with a win at the No. 5 position when senior Olivia Bakos and graduate Ainsley Radell took down Cassie Chinn and Madi Firnett, 18-21, 21-11, 15-11. The Lions took the last of three three-setters at the third court for their only dual point when Anna Pelloia and Jacinda Ramirez earned a 22-20, 12-21, 16-14 win over graduates Maddi Kriz and Grace Seits.
 
The Trojans will face tournament host ninth-ranked Hawai’i (0-3) in a 2:45 p.m. PT (12:45 p.m. HT) dual on Queen’s Beach this afternoon (Feb. 23). Dual results will determine USC’s placing in the quarter and semifinal rounds for Saturday action at the Classic.
 
For more information on the USC beach volleyball team, a complete schedule, and results, please visit USCTrojans.com/beach. Fans of the Women of Troy can follow the team on Instagram and on X @USCBeach.
 
No. 1 USC def. No. 5 Loyola Marymount, 4-1
Outrigger Duke Kahanamoku Beach Classic
Queen’s Beach · Honolulu, Hawai’i
Friday, Feb. 23, 2024
RECORDS: USC (2-1), Loyola Marymount (1-2)
1. Megan KRAFT/Delaynie MAPLE (USC) def. Vilhelmiina PRIHTI/Michelle SHAFFER (LMU); 21-19, 21-18
2. Audrey NOURSE/Nicole NOURSE (USC) def….

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