USC Bests LBSU, GCU to Wrap Regular Season, Cal Also Wins Tuesday

  0 Wendy Mayer | April 18th, 2018 | Big West, College - Beach, News, Pac-12

No. 5 USC wrapped up its home and regular season slates with a pair of Top 20 victories over No. 6 Long Beach State and No. 16 Grand Canyon.

Court 1 duo Abril Bustamante and Tina Graudina won both of their matches as did Terese Cannon and Sammy Slater, who played on Court 3 vs. LBSU and Court 2 against GCU. Both duos won in straight sets.

The Women of Troy won on Courts 1, 3 and 5 against the 49ers, picking up the final victory in three sets (21-16, 20-22, 15-13). Against the Lopes, USC picked up the wins on Courts 1, 2 and 4. Senior Jenna Belton teamed up with Maia Kaiser on Court 4 to grab a win in her final home match, while senior Jo Kremer earned victories in exhibition matches with Katrina Kernochan in both duels.

LBSU split the day’s matches, earning a 5-0 sweep of GCU in its opener. Court 2 pair Megan Kruidof and Rachel Nieto won against both USC and GCU in straight sets. The 49ers wrap up the regular season against No. 1 UCLA on Thursday.

In other Top 20 action, No. 13 Cal squeaked past No. 20 Saint Mary’s 3-2. The Gaels won on courts 1 and 2 in straight sets, but the match came down to a three-set affair on Court 4. Mia Merino and Caroline Schafer held on for the 21-15, 20-22, 15-13 win to clinch the match for the Bears and give the team the first 20-win season in program history at 20-6.


Winning Team Losing Team Score Winning Team Recap Losing Team Recap
#5 USC #6 Long Beach State 3-2. Link Link
#13 Cal #20 Saint Mary’s 3-2. Link Link
#6 Long Beach State #16 Grand Canyon 5-0. Link Link
#5 USC #16 Grand Canyon 3-2. Link Link

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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 after spending the last 15 years with Purdue athletics.

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