After an undefeated weekend at the East Meets West Challenge, USC’s Abril Bustamante/Tina Graudina picked up the AVCA Beach Pair of the Week.
The duo swept each of their opponents over the weekend, with all being ranked in the AVCA Top-20. Since playing their first match together on March 3, the pairing has not lost a match as the Trojans #1 pair for a 6-0 mark.
Aside from their match against LSU’s Kristen Nuss/Claire Coppola, Bustamante/Graudina dominated their opponents, holding many of their foes to single-digit scores. Against the Tigers, the Trojans extended past the normal ending point of 21 to a 25-23 score.
The Trojans are now 8-4 as a team and will play in five matches this coming weekend at the Outrigger Hawaii Invitational where they will take on Nebraska, Hawaii and Grand Canyon.
March 11: def. TCU’s Jillian Bergeson and Jaelyn Greene (21-15, 21-4)
March 11: def. Florida State’s Macy Jerger and Victoria Paranagua (21-9, 21-8)
March 10: def. FIU’s Margherita Bianchin and Federica Frasca (21-19, 21-5)
March 10: def. LSU’s Kristen Nuss and Claire Coppola (25-23, 21-17)
2018 AVCA Beach Pairs of the Week
|March 13||Abril Bustamante + Tina Graudina||Southern California|
|March 6||Alexis Filippone + Skylar Caputo||Pepperdine|
|February 27||Samantha Manley + Emily Sonny||Cal Poly|
|February 21||Kiana Takahashi & Melissa Euyoque||El Camino College|