The two-time defending NCAA Beach National Champion (and three-time defending National Champion overall) USC Trojans are adding a reinforcement with Brianna Sizemore, a transfer from Point Loma Nazarene University in San Diego. Sizemore will be immediately eligible as a junior this upcoming season and have two years left of eligibility.
At Point Loma Nazarene in 2016, Sizemore played indoors and was an outside hitter and right side. The 6’1″ rising junior averaged 3.61 kills per set, 2.58 digs per set and put together a team-best 14 double-doubles. Her performance earned her a spot on the PacWest All-Conference Team.
While Sizemore didn’t play any beach this past season, she did as a freshman in addition to her indoor ventures at Mira Costa College. Indoors she was named All-Conference and All-State after averaging 3.7 kills and 2.58 digs per set. In the sand she won the 2015 PCAC Championship and was selected to the First Team All-Conference squad.
“Brianna is one of the most exciting up and comers in the sport of beach volleyball,” USC Beach head coach Anna Collier said in the team’s release of the signing. “A relative newcomer to the sand, she garnered the attention of every beach program in the country with her dominating net play while at Mira Costa College. With her frame and coachable demeanor, she will be an immediate contributor to our squad next year.”
Currently with Sizemore, USC holds a 16-woman roster for the upcoming season. Five of the athletes will be seniors with four as juniors just like Sizemore, who will wear number 30 for the Trojans.
USC collected a 38-1 record in the 2017 beach season, as they even rolled through the NCAA Tournament’s eight team field with four wins to no losses en route to a National Championship. It marked a three-peat for USC, who won the AVCA version in 2015 before winning the first two ever NCAA Beach National Titles in 2016 and 2017. Now, they will go for four-in-a-row come the onset of 2018.