#1 USC Undefeated In Spite of Brutal Early-Season Schedule (3/11)

  0 Braden Keith | March 12th, 2017 | ASUN Conference, Big West, CCSA, College - Beach, News, Pac-12

The focus of the second major weekend of the 2017 NCAA women’s beach volleyball season was firmly upon the state of California, where the Stanford Invite was held in the north and the East meets West Invitational was in the south.

The top-ranked and defending NCAA Champions from USC remained perfect at 4-0 on the season with wins over #12 Florida International and #10 LSU. The Trojans aren’t backing down from the challenges in their title defense – all four opponents so far have been ranked in the top 12 nationally, and next week they’ll take on a rematch of last year’s title game against #2 Florida State.

USC hasn’t swept any of their matches so far, but their #1 line of Sara Hughes and Kelly Claes are 4-0 this season.

In the same tournament, #4 UCLA beat two ranked opponents: #10 LSU and #12 FIU, to recover from an 0-2 result the prior Saturday. Included in this weekend’s games was a 3-2 nail-biter over LSU, who had a 2-1 lead before the Bruins’ late comeback.

Up north, the highly-touted Stanford team lost their first two games of the year, falling to their bay area rivals Cal and Saint Mary’s in back-to-back games.

A silver-lining for Stanford is that their #1 line of freshmen Kathryn Plummer and Jenna Gray went 2-1 after starting the season just 1-3 in their games. Courtney Bowen and Kat Anderson did lose their first game of the season, however, falling 2-0 to Cal’s Gustafson/Neff pair.

Even further west, Hawaii moved to 8-0 after a clean sweep through their own Queen’s Cup tournament. On Saturday, that included a pair of wins over #9 Stetson who are now just 2-7 on the season. Those 7 losses already put them on the bubble to miss qualifying for their second-straight NCAA tournament barring a historic run to finish the season.

In the east, playing at the Gamecock Challenge, Ssouth Carolina picked up wins over Mercer and #11 Grand Canyon to move to 6-0 on the season. On the downside is that their only loss in a pair of 4-1 decisions was at the 1 line, where Katie Smith and Katie Zimmerman went 0-2 for their first two losses of the season.

And finally, a special congratulations to Jacksonville State, who with a 5-0 win over Huntingdon go the first match victory in program history on Saturday.

Complete Saturday Results

Winning Team Losing Team Score Winning Team Recap Losing Team Recap
#1 USC LSU 4-1 Link Link
#1 USC #12 FIU 4-1 Link Link
#2 Florida St. #6 Long Beach St. 4-1 Link Link
#2 Florida State Cal Poly 5-0 Link Link
#4 UCLA #12 FIU 4-1 Link Link
#4 UCLA #10 LSU 4-1 Link Link
#5 Hawaii #9 Stetson 5-0 Link Link
#5 Hawaii #9 Stetson 3-2 Link Link
#5 Hawaii Loyola Marymount 4-1 Link Link
#5 Hawaii Loyola Marymount 5-0 Link Link
#6 Long Beach State #7 Georgia State 5-0 Link Link
Cal Poly #7 Georgia State 4-1 Link Link
#8 Arizona #12 Arizona St. 3-2 Link Link
#11 Grand Canyon Jacksonville 5-0 Link Link
#15 South Carolina #11 Grand Canyon 4-1 Link Link
St. Mary’s #14 Stanford 3-2 Link Link
#15 South Carolina Mercer 4-1 Link Link
Cal #14 Stanford 4-1 Link Link
Cal Utah 4-1 Link Link
Florida Atlantic Tulane 3-2 Link Link
Tulane La. Monroe 4-1 Link Link
Sacramento St. San Jose State 3-2 Link Link
Loyola Marymount Stetson 3-2 Link Link
Boise State San Francisco 5-0 Link Link
San Jose State Boise State 3-2 Link Link
Mercer UAB 4-1 Link Link
Spring Hill College Eckerd 4-1 Link Link
Eckerd Austin Peay 4-1 Link Link
Houston Baptist Austin Peay 5-0 Link Link
Jacksonville UAB 4-1 Link Link
Florida Atalantic New Orleans 5-0 Link Link
New Orleans Huntingdon 5-0 Link Link
Jacksonville State Huntingdon 5-0 Link Link
La. Monroe Jacksonville St. 5-0 Link Link
St. Mary’s Utah 4-1 Link Link
Spring Hill Houston Baptist 3-2 Link Link
Sacramento State San Francisco 5-0 Link Link

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About Braden Keith

Braden Keith

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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