No. 1 Pepperdine Women's Sand Volleyball Beats USC, 4-1
March 26, 2013
LOS ANGELES - The top-ranked Pepperdine women's sand volleyball team remained undefeated in 2013 as it beat No. 4 USC, 4-1, in dual match play on Tuesday afternoon (March 26) at USC's new on-campus Merle Norman Stadium.
Pepperdine, the defending AVCA national champion, upped its record to 6-0 in 2013. The Waves have yet to lose a team dual competition since the NCAA added women's sand volleyball as an "emerging sport" in 2012 (Pepperdine went 14-0 last year en route to its national title).
USC, playing its final regular-season home match of 2013, fell to 9-3 on the year.
Pepperdine swept the first four matches of the day. The Waves started off by winning at the No. 4 pairs spot with Victoria Adelhelm-Taylor Racich beating Brooke Fournier-Natasa Siljkovic, 21-16, 21-13, and then Emily Cook-Katie Messing beating Sam Hirschmann-Alexa Stonish, 21-12, 21-19, at No. 5. Next, Lilla Frederick-Kim Hill beat Kirby Burnham-Stevi Robinson, 21-13, 21-19, at the No. 1 spot (Robinson was a member of Pepperdine's national championship squad last year before transferring to USC this season). Kelley Larsen-Kellie Woolever then swept Eve Ettinger-Bria Russ, 21-14, 21-17, at No. 3.
USC's only win of the day came in three sets as the No. 2 duo of Katie Fuller-Cinnamon Sary came back to outlast Lara Dykstra-Caitlin Racich, 13-21, 22-20, 15-13, to close out the day's competition.
USC next visits No. 2 Long Beach State on Thursday (March 28) at 1 p.m.
Pepperdine 4, USC 1