The top-ranked USC Trojans remained perfect on Sunday, moving to 16-0 on the season after two more top-15 wins to finish the Gamecock Classic in South Carolina. USC has now won 46-straight dual victories.
The Trojans beat #13 Stetson 4-1, with their only loss coming at the 2 line where Darby Dunn and Kristin Lind beat Sophie Bukovec and Allie Wheeler 2-1 (24-22, 12-21, 16-14). Dunn and Lind have been the Hatters’ most successful pair this season, totaling an 11-6 record. They’re 9-4 at the #2 line, where they seem to have settled in.
#4 Florida State also wrapped up play at the Gamecock Challenge with a 2-0 Sunday, beating the same two teams as USC. Both Seminoles losses came at the bottom end of their lineup.
Georgia State beat South Carolina 3-2 in a tie-breaker of sorts: the teams received the same number of votes in last week’s AVCA coaches poll and were the co-#9 teams in the country.
Meanwhile, with the Trojans out west, Irvine College hosted a one-day invite in southern California with Stanford, Hawaii, and TCU all in town for a round-robin. Hawaii came out the victors with a 3-0 record, including a 4-1 win over TCU and sweeps over Stanford and Irvine Valley. Hawaii senior Nikki Taylor, who has also been a star for the Wahine indoor team, surpassed Katie Spieler as the program’s all-time leader in dual match wins on Sunday. She went 2-1 with partner Ka’iwi Schucht at the 2 line on Sunday (they were the lone loss to TCU) to land at 61 career victories.
As for Stanford, they wrapped up their first road trip of the season 3-2 with losses to both TCU and Hawaii. While the day was lost for the Cardinal, there was a positive sign at the 1-line where freshmen Jenna Gray and Kathryn Plummer were the only winners against TCU. They also pushed Hawaii’s top pair, Morgan Martin and Mikayla Tucker, to the brink in a 2-0 loss, going 21-19, 21-19 in each set.
Full Sunday, March 26th, Scoreboard
|Winning Team||Losing Team||Score||Winning Team Recap||Losing Team Recap|
|#1 USC||#13 Stetson||4-1||Link||Link|
|#1 USC||#9 Georgia State||5-0||Link||Link|
|#4 Florida State||#9 South Carolina||4-1||Link||Link|
|#4 Florida State||#13 Stetson||4-1||Link||Link|
|#5 Hawaii||Irvine Valley College||4-0||Link||Link|
|#9 Georgia State||#9 South Carolina||3-2||Link||Link|
|Stanford||Irvine Valley College||5-0||Link||Link|
|TCU||Irvine Valley College||4-0||Link||Link|