USC’s 62-Match Winning Streak Ends; Recover to Repeat as Pac-12 Champs

  0 Braden Keith | April 28th, 2017 | College - Beach, News, Pac-12

2017 PAC-12 Beach Volleyball CHAMPIONSHIPS

The USC Trojans have won their second-straight Pac-12 Beach Volleyball Championships, but the title didn’t come unblemished.

In the semi-finals of the winners’ side of the bracket, UCLA handed USC a 3-2 defeat, winning the 3, 4, and 5 lines to give USC their first loss in their last 62 matches.

But USC dropped down to the losers bracket and knocked off Washington 5-0 to get another shot at UCLA in the Pac-12 championship match. Unlike some conferences, where a team out of the loser’s bracket has to win twice to claim the title, the Pac-12 has one winner-take-all matchup at the finish.

USC were able to flip the script in that one matchup and beat UCLA 3-2 in the final.

The Trojans’ All-American #1s Kelly Claes and Sara Hughes had no problem in either matchup against UCLA’s top pair Nicole McNamara and Megan McNamara. In the semi-final, the USC pair won 2-0 (21-11, 21-19), and in the final they won 2-0 again (21-8, 21-16).

What flipped the match was USC’s #3s Terese Cannon and Nicolette Martin, who lost their first matchup against Elise Zappia and Torrey van Winden in a 2-0 sweep, but then won the 2nd matchup by the same 2-0 margin. Only 1 match (the 5 line in the championship) went to 3 sets.

A sub-plot of the final day of the competition was a deep run by the 7-seed Washington. They lost to UCLA in the opening round of the tournament, but beat #9 Oregon (5-0); #6 Cal (5-0); #4 Arizona State (3-2), and #3 Arizona (4-10 to fight their way back to the last round of the loser’s bracket.

They lost to Arizona 3-2 earlier this month during the regular season, and Cal 4-1 a week after that.

Watch USC’s Celebration Video Below


Friday’s Results

MATCH 13: #2 UCLA def. #1 USC, 3-2
1. Kelly Claes/Sarah Hughes (USC) def. Nicole McNamara/Megan McNamara (UCLA), 21-11, 21-19
2. Sophie Bukovec/Allie Wheeler (USC) def. Kamila Tan/Madi Yeomans (UCLA), 19-21, 21-8, 17-15
3. Elise Zappia/Torrey Van Winden (UCLA) def. Terese Cannon/Nicolette Martin (USC), 21-18, 21-13
4. Jordan Anderson/Izzy Carrey (UCLA) def. Abril Bustamente/Katrina Kernochan (USC), 22-20, 22-20
5. Lilly Justine/Savvy Simo (UCLA) def. Jenna Bolton/Jo Kremer (USC), 21-17, 21-15
Order of finish: 1, 5, 3, 4, 2

MATCH #14: #7 WASHINGTON def. #3 ARIZONA, 4-1
1. Crissy Jones/Tia Scambray (WASH) def. McKenna Witt/Madison Witt (ARIZ) 21-19, 21-15
2. Courtney Shwan/Destiny Julye (WASH) def. Olivia Macdonald/Olivia Hallaran (ARIZ) 21-17, 25-23
3. Cassie Strickland/Carly Dehoog (WASH) def. Hailey Devlin/Sam Manley (ARIZ) 21-19, 21-18
4. Melanie Wade/Shayne McPherson (WASH) def. Brooke Burling/Mia Mason (ARIZ) 21-16, 21-19
5. Natalie Anselmo/Halli Amaro (ARIZ) def. Anna Crabtree/Lindsay Chalmers (WASH) 21-10, 21-14
Order of finish: 5, 1, 3, 2, 4

Match #15: #1 USC def. #7 WASHINGTON, 5-0
1. Kelly Claes/Sara Hughes (USC) def. Crissy Jones/Tia Scambray (WASH) 21-17, 21-15
2. Sophie Bukovec/Allie Wheeler (USC) def. Courtney Shwan/Destiny Julye (WASH) 21-18, 21-19
3. Terese Cannon/Nicolette Martin (USC) def. Cassie Strickland/Carly Dehoog (WASH) 21-13, 21-14
4. Abril Bustamante/Katrina Kernochan (USC) def. Melanie Wade/Shayne McPherson (WASH) 21-12, 21-19
5. Jenna Belton/Jo Kremer (USC) def. Anna Crabtree/Lindsay Chalmers (WASH) 21-18, 21-11
Order of finish: 5, 3, 2, 1, 4

1. Kelly Claes/Sara Hughes (USC) def. Nicole McNamara/Megan McNamara (UCLA) 21-8, 21-16
2. Sophie Bukovec/Allie Wheeler (USC) def. Kamila Tan/Madi Yeomans (UCLA) 21-10, 18-21, 15-13
3. Terese Cannon/Nicolette Martin (USC) def. Elise Zappia/Torrey Van Winden (UCLA) 21-14, 21-18
4. Jordan Anderson/Izzy Carey (UCLA) def. Abril Bustamante/Katrina Kernochan (USC) 21-18, 21-9
5. Lily Justine/Savvy Simo (UCLA) def. Jenna Belton/Jo Kremer (USC) 10-21, 21-14, 15-13
Order of finish: 1, 4, 3, 5, 2 

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