USC’s No. 1 beach volleyball overtakes Seminoles to advance to NCAA winner’s final

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Women’s Beach Volleyball | May 07, 2022

GULF SHORES, Alabama – The No. 1 seeded USC beach volleyball team (35-1) earned a 3-1 victory over No. 4 seeded Florida State (30- 10) at the 2022 NCAA Championship Winners Draw Semifinals in Gulf Shores. Beach on Saturday May 7.

The Trojans advance to the Winner’s Bracket Finals to take on third-seeded No. 2 UCLA (34-7) at 3:00 p.m. CT (1:00 p.m. PT) on ESPN2.

USC extended its winning streak to 34 contests – the second-longest streak in program history – and improved to 17-5 all-time against Florida State with a four-game winning streak against the Seminoles. The Trojans also improve to 21-4 all-time in head-to-head games at the NCAA Championship and 28-8 in games played at Gulf Shores.

USC scored the first point of the duel from the No. 3 position where Delyanie Maple and Julia Scoles made short work of their opponents Anna Long and Kate Privett in a 21-6, 21-10 win. It was the seventh straight win for Maple-Scoles as the pair improve to 35-1 this season and move to 12th in USC history for most wins per pair.

Florida State tied the double score with a win on court two when Alaina Chacon and Madison Fitzpatrick took a 21-19, 21-18 victory Megan Kraft and Samy Slater to snap the Trojans’ 25-game winning streak and hand the pair their first loss of the season (25-1).

In close battles at the other positions, USC put the green light on the board with a victory at the No. 4 position when twin sisters Audrey Nourse and Nicole Nourse earned a 21-19, 24-22 win over Morgan Chacon and Jordan Polo. It’s the eighth straight win for the Nourse twins (24-4 overall) as they become only the fourth pair of Trojans to record 60 wins (60-10 all-time).

In the higher court, Tina Graudina and Hailey Harvard had the decisive point with a three-set victory over Maddie Anderson and Brook Bauer, 21-12, 12-21, 15-9. Graudina and Harvard win their 28th straight game to improve to 29-1 this season.

With the double clinched, the game was suspended at the No. 5 position. There, Mollie Ebertin and Sunny Villapando lost a close 21-19 decision to Caitlin Moon and Raelyn White in the first set, but battled to a 22-20 victory in the second to force a third set, which never started when the last horn sounded sounded.

All remaining NCAA Championship duels will be broadcast live on ESPN2. Live streams of all courts can be found on WatchESPN.com.

For more USC Beach Volleyball team information, a complete schedule, and results, please visit USCTrojans.com/beach. Women of Troy fans can follow the team on Instagram and on Twitter @USCBeach.

[1] No. 1 USC def. [5] 4th Florida State, 3-1

NCAA Championship Winner’s Bracket Semi-Final
Gulf Shores Beach · Gulf Shores, Ala.
Saturday, May 7, 2022
RECORDS: USC (35-1), Florida State (30-10)
1. Tina GRAUDINA/Hailey HARWARD (USC) def. Maddie ANDERSON/Brook BAUER (FSU); 21-12, 12-21, 15-9
2. Alaina CHACON/Madison FITZPATRICK (FSU) def. Megan KRAFT/Sammy SLATER (USC); 21-19, 21-18
3. Delaynie MAPLE/Julia SCOLES (USC) def. Anna LONG/Kate PRIVETT (FSU); 21-6, 21-10
4. Audrey NOURSE/Nicole NOURSE (USC) def. Morgan CHACON/Jordan POLO (FSU); 21-19, 24-22
5. Mollie EBERTIN/Sunny VILLAPANDO (USC) vs. Caitlin MOON/Raelyn WHITE (FSU); 19-21, 22-20 DNF
Finishing order: 3, 2, 4, 1*

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