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Pairs In, Trojans Out

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USC women's sand volleyball pairs Sara Shaw - Geena Urango and Kirby Burnham - Kelly Irvin will cap the program's inaugural season by competing for the national pairs title at the first AVCA Collegiate Sand Volleyball National Championship April 27 and 29 in Gulf Shores, Ala.

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Sand-Volley-Team-LMU-Huddle-PC.jpgHowever, despite a strong resume, the Trojan team was left out in favor of Long Beach State.  The Final Four also includes Pepperdine, Florida State and College of Charleston.

In head-to-head competition, USC took out the 49ers (4-1) on the road, but dropped a dual match (3-2) this past weekend at a tournament in Hermosa Beach. 

Overall, the Women of Troy boasted a 7-4 record to LBSU's 5-4, while playing a much more difficult schedule.  The Trojans traveled to Florida for a tournament in Tallahassee against the Final Four bound Seminoles, while the 49ers never left the Pacific.

The NCAA does not hold championships for emerging sports, so the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) was the deciding factor.

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