VolleyMob Beach Pair of the Week: Bustamante/Graudina, USC

  0 Wendy Mayer | March 27th, 2018 | College - Beach, News, Pac-12

  1. There were several worthy pairs, which posted undefeated records with wins over ranked foes, but the Court 1 pairing of Abril Bustamante and Tina Graudina earns our pick for VolleyMob Pair of the Week, helping No. 4 USC to a perfect 4-0 record at the Pac-12 South Invitational.

Bustamante, a 6-0 junior from Redondo Beach, California, and Graudina, a 6-0 rookie from Jurmala, Latvia, earned all-tournament team honors for their efforts. The duo moved to 13-1 on the season, picking up four wins, all in straight sets, including three over Top 20 teams.

Bustamante, an All-Pac-12 Freshman Team honoree in 2016, went 28-7 at No. 4 with Jenna Belton that season. She followed with a 23-8 mark at No. 3 (2-0 with Sophie Bukovec) and No. 4 (21-8; 18-6 with Joy Dennis; 3-2 with Katrina Kernochan).

USC went 4-0 on the week, topping No. 16 California (3-2), Arizona State (4-1), No. 11 Arizona (4-1) and No. 14 Stanford (5-0). The Women of Troy are now 15-6 on the season heading into the Pepperdine Invitational on Saturday, where the team will face Saint Mary’s, Loyola Marymount and No. 1 Pepperdine.




3/24/18 def. Alexia Inman/MimaMirkovic (#16 California) 21-15, 21-12

3/24/18 def. Kwyn Johnson/Mia Rivera (Arizona State) 21-16, 21-13

3/25/18 def. Natalie Anselmo/Olivia Macdonald (#11 Arizona) 21-9, 25-23

3/25/18 def. Kathryn Plummer/Sunny Villapando (#14 Stanford) 21-18, 21-16


VolleyMob Beach Pairs of the Week

Feb. 27 – Francesca Goncalves/Sara Putt, Florida State

March 6 – Skylar Caputo/Alexis Filippone, Pepperdine

March 13 – Federica Frasca/Margherita Bianchin, Florida International

March 20 – Morgan Martin/Lea Monkhouse, Hawaii

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About Wendy Mayer

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 Volleymob.com after spending the last 15 years with Purdue athletics.

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