#1 USC Beats #4 Florida State for the 3rd Time This Season (3/25/17)

  0 Braden Keith | March 26th, 2017 | ASUN Conference, Big West, CCSA, College - Beach, Division II, Division III, Independents, News, Pac-12, West Coast Conference

The top-ranked USC Trojans ran their nation-leading winning streak to 44-consecutive dual matches on Saturday by grabbing two more wins against top 10 opponents at the Gamecock Grand Slam in Columbia, South Carolina.

That streak includes a third win this season against #4 Florida State, who fell to USC in last year’s national championship match. USC beat them 4-1 and swept #9 South Carolina away 5-0.

Florida State recovered to beat the other #9 team in the country South Carolina.

“Today was a really good day,” Florida State head coach Brooke Niles said. “Again this was four weekends in a row that we have faced multiple Top-10 teams. We had a tough loss in the morning, but I think our team bounced back and came out strong against Georgia State.

“Tomorrow we need to get more consistency and fine-tune some things. Today we played hard and communicated well, which helped us get some tight points. I am hoping that we continue doing that and fine-tune some offensive things.”

#14 Florida Atlantic, who cracked the AVCA rankings for the first time in program history this week, stretched their winning streak to 15 straight after victories over Division III school Huntingdon College and Division I school Morehead State.

Out west, Stanford started a weekend road-trip down the coastby winning a one-off dual against CSUN in Northridge 3-2. Stanford’s top pair, freshmen and indoor stars Kathryn Plummer and Jenna Gray, evened up their season record at 4-4 after beating CSUN’s top pair Haake Sato with an easy 21-7, 21-11 victory. They were the only Stanford pair with a sub-500 record coming into the day.

“This was a gritty first away match for us after having a lot of time off during finals week,” said first-year Stanford head coach Andrew Fuller. “Duals on the road are always a battle, and to clinch it at the No. 5 match emphasizes how important each pair is to the team’s overall success.”

On Sunday, Stanford continues down the coast to Irvine for games against TCU, Irvine Valley College, and Hawaii. The Cardinal then will get almost 2 weeks off before returning to competition on home sand.

Winning Team Losing Team Score Winning Team Recap Losing Team Recap
#1 USC #9 South Carolina 5-0 Link Link
#1 USC #4 Florida State 4-1 Link Link
#2 Pepperdine Cal Poly 5-0 Link Link
#2 Pepperdine CSU Bakersfield 5-0 Link Link
#4 Florida State #9 Georgia State 3-2 Link Link
#7 Arizona TCU 4-1 Link Link
#8 LSU #7 Arizona 3-2 Link Link
#8 LSU #11 Arizona State 4-1 Link Link
#13 Stetson #9 South Carolina 3-2 Link Link
#13 Stetson #9 Georgia State 3-2 Link Link
#14 FAU Huntingdon 5-0 Link Link
#14 FAU Morehead State 5-0 Link Link
FIU Eckerd 5-0 Link Link
FIU Jacksonville State 5-0 Link Link
Tulane UNCW 5-0 Link Link
Tulane Lincoln Memorial 5-0 Link Link
Stanford CSUN 3-2 Link Link
Concordia Irvine Colorado Mesa 4-1 Link Link
Mercer UAB 3-2 Link Link
Mercer UAB 3-2 Link Link
Eckerd Jacksonville St. 4-1 Link Link
Eckerd Huntingdon College 5-0 Link Link
Cal Poly CSU Bakersfield 5-0 Link Link
College of Charleston UNCW 4-1 Link Link
Houston Baptist Texas A&M Corpus Christi 5-0 Link Link
Houston Baptist Texas A&M – Kingsville 4-1 Link Link
ULM New Orleans 5-0 Link Link
ULM Texas A&M – Kingsville 4-1 Link Link
College of Charleston Lincoln Memorial 4-1 Link Link
New Orleans Texas A&M Corpus Christi 5-0 Link Link
Morehead State Huntingdon 4-1 Link Link

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Braden Keith is the Editor-in-Chief and co-founder of VolleyMob.com. Braden's first foray into sports journalism came in 2010, when he launched a swimming website called The Swimmers' Circle. Two years later, he joined SwimSwam.com as a co-founder. Long huge fans of volleyball, when Braden and the SwimSwam partners sought an opportunity to …

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