#2 Pepperdine Beach Edges #4 USC For Fourth Time in 2018

  0 Wendy Mayer | April 11th, 2018 | College - Beach, News, Pac-12, West Coast Conference

A week layoff did not dull the skills of the No. 2 Pepperdine beach volleyball team, which won its fourth straight match and second in a row over No. 4 USC on Monday.

The Waves had not played since going 3-0 at their own Pepperdine Invitational on March 31, a tournament which ended with a 4-1 victory over the Trojans.

This time, the match was a bit closer. Pepperdine won on Courts 4 and 5 to start, then USC responded with wins on Courts 1 and 3. It all came down to the No. 2 duo of Brook Bauer and Madalyn Roh, which bested USC’s Joy Dennis and Brianna Sizemore 21-13, 2-19 for the win after trailing early in Set 2. The match was Sizemore’s first since March 11 due to a lower leg injury.

The victory marked the Waves fourth over USC in 2018 following 3-2 wins on Feb. 28 and March 3 and the March 31 4-1 affair. Pepperdine is 4-0 against the Trojans since falling 3-2 in the 2017 NCAA title match.

On Monday, all five matches were completed in straight sets. Pepperdine moved to 19-3 on the year, while USC fell to 17-9.

With a win on Court 4, Pepperdine’s Skylar Caputo and Alexis Filippone moved to 21-1 on the season and won their fourth-straight match since dropping a three-setter to UCLA’s Mac May and Elisa Zappia on March 27. Caputo/Filippone are 4-0 against USC this season.

USC’s Abril Bustamante and Tina Graudina are now 18-1 on Court 1 and have won nine-straight matches.

Up next for the Waves are Saturday home matches against No. 5 Cal Poly and No. 12 Arizona.  Meanwhile, USC is set for a weekend stay in Seattle, where the Women of Troy will face No. 13 Cal, No. 14 Stanford, Washington and Oregon at the Pac-12 North Invitational.


#2 Pepperdine 3, #4 USC 2

1. Abril Bustamante/Tina Graudina (USC) def. Deanha Kraft/Corinne Quiggle (PEPP); 21-17, 21-15

2. Brook Bauer/Madalyn Roh (PEPP) def. Joy Dennis/Brianna Sizemore (USC); 21-13, 21-19

3. Terese Cannon/Sammy Slater (USC) def. Heidi Dyer/Gigi Hernandez (PEPP); 21-15, 21-19

4. Skylar Caputo/Alexis Filippone (PEPP) def. Jenna Belton/Haley Hallgren (USC); 21-19, 21-12

5. Maddie Dilfer/Nikki Lyons (PEPP) def. Katrina Kernochan/Alexandra Poletto (USC); 21-18, 21-19

Exh: Maja Kaiser/Jo Kremer (USC) def. Jordan Ferrari/Katie Gavin (PEPP); 21-15, 21-16

Order of finish: 4, 5, 1, 3, 2*

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About Wendy Mayer

Wendy Mayer

Wendy Mayer has worked in athletics media relations for the last 20 years. The Northwest Missouri State alumna is currently senior writer for Volleymob.com after spending the last 15 years with Purdue athletics.

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