Sand Volleyball
    USC Women's Sand Volleyball Wins At Long Beach State
    Geena Urango (l) and Sara Shaw.
    Geena Urango (l) and Sara Shaw.

    March 28, 2012

    The USC women's sand volleyball team won four of its five matches, including a tight 3-set victory by the No. 1 pairs team of Sara Shaw-Geena Urango, to defeat Long Beach State on the 49ers' home courts on Wednesday (March 28) afternoon.

    The Women of Troy improved to 4-1 in the inaugural year of the NCAA sport, while Long Beach State dropped to 2-2.

    Shaw-Urango battled back to beat the 49ers' top team of Caitlin Ledoux-Tara Roenicke, 19-21, 22-20, 15-13.

    The Trojan team of Kirby Burnham-Kelly Irvin, which moved up to the No. 2 pairs spot after playing at No. 3 earlier in the season, gave USC its match-clinching victory by defeating Chelsea Cabrajac-Haleigh Hampton, 21-16, 21-15.

    Troy's other victories came from Katie Fuller-Natalie Hagglund, who moved down to the No. 3 position, over Lauren Minkel-Jocelyn Neely, 21-14, 23-21, and from Kendall Bateman-Sam Hirschmann at No. 4 over Libby Fontanilla-Alma Serna, 23-21, 23-21.

    USC next hosts Loyola Marymount this Saturday (March 31) at 9 a.m. at Santa Monica's Annenberg Community Beach House in its final home match of 2012. There will be a team dual match followed by bracket play to crown a pairs champion.

    USC 4, Long Beach State 1

    #5: Tyler Jackson/Janisa Johnson (LBSU) def. Kati Duddridge/Megan Thornberry 21-8, 21-10

    #4: Kendall Bateman/Sam Hirschmann (USC) def. Libby Fontanilla/Alma Serna (LBSU) 23-21, 23-21

    #3: Katie Fuller/Natalie Hagglund (USC) def. Lauren Minkel/Jocelyn Neely (LBSU) 21-14, 23-21

    #2: Kirby Burnham/Kelly Irvin (USC) def. Chelsea Cabrajac/Haleigh Hampton (LBSU) 21-16, 21-15

    #1: Sarah Shaw/Geena Urango (USC) def. Caitlin Ledoux/Tara Roenicke (LBSU) 19-21, 22-20, 15-13

    Order of finish: 5, 4, 3, 2, 1