Sand Volleyball
    USC Women's Sand Volleyball Sweeps Loyola Marymount Again
    Sara Shaw (l) and Geena Urango
    Sara Shaw (l) and Geena Urango

    March 31, 2012

    The host USC women's sand volleyball team swept Loyola Marymount, 5-0, in the team portion of the competition and the Women of Troy duo of Sara Shaw-Geena Urango won the pairs championship on Saturday (March 31) at Santa Monica's Annenberg Community Beach House.

    USC improved to 5-1, while Loyola Marymount dropped to 0-3. It was the Trojans' second sweep over the Lions in 2012, as the teams met earlier this month in the historic first-ever match for both schools in the new NCAA "emerging" sport.

    USC did not drop a set in winning all 5 matches in the morning's team play, which was conducted in cool, misty weather. Troy's No. 4 team of Kendall Bateman-Sam Hirschmann got the first victory, 21-8, 21-10 over Amber Mirabello-Taylor Scioscia, with USC's No. 5 squad of Kati Duddridge-Megan Thornberry following soon thereafter with a 21-7, 21-11 win over Emily Cheek-Ellie Selleck. Shaw-Urango, playing as the No. 1 pair, then posted a 21-12, 22-20 win over Litara Keil-Betsi Metter. Katie Fuller-Natalie Hagglund, USC's No. 3 team, then defeated Kenna Crouse-Ashley Maxfeldt, 21-17, 21-15, with Kirby Burnham-Kelly Irvin at the No. 2 spot finishing the sweep with a 21-16, 21-18 win over Felicia Arriola-Caitlin DeWitt.

    In the afternoon's pairs tourney, which saw a bright sun break through the clouds midway through the play, Shaw-Urango swept Bateman-Hirschmann in the quarterfinals, 21-15, 21-17, and Fuller-Hagglund in the semifinals, 21-17, 21-17, before beating Burnham-Irvin in the final, 16-21, 21-14, 15-12, in the day's only 3-set match.

    Loyola Marymount's only victory of the day came in the quarterfinals, when Keil-Metter beat Duddridge-Thornberry, 21-19, 22-20.

    USC next visits Pepperdine on Saturday (April 7).

    TEAM CHAMPIONSHIP - USC 5, Loyola Marymount 0

     

     

    1.) Sara Shaw-Geena Urango (USC) def. Litara Keil-Betsi Metter (LMU) 21-12, 22-20

    2.) Kirby Burnham-Kelly Irvin (USC) def. Felicia Arriola-Caitlin DeWitt (LMU) 21-16, 21-18

    3.) Katie Fuller-Natalie Hagglund (USC) def. Kenna Crouse-Ashley Maxfeldt (LMU) 21-17, 21-15

    4.) Kendall Bateman-Sam Hirschmann (USC) def. Amber Mirabello-Taylor Scioscia (LMU) 21-8, 21-10

    5.) Kati Duddridge-Megan Thornberry (USC) def. Emily Cheek-Ellie Selleck (LMU) 21-7, 21-11

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

    PAIRS CHAMPIONSHIP

    Play-In Matches

    Bateman-Hirschmann (USC 4) def. Cheek-Selleck (LMU 5) 21-9, 21-6

    Duddridge-Thornberry (USC 5) def. Mirabello-Scioscia (LMU 4) 21-8, 21-13

    Quarterfinals

    Fuller-Hagglund (USC 3) def. Arriola-DeWitt (LMU 2) 21-9, 21-16

    Shaw-Urango (USC 1) def. Bateman-Hirschmann (USC 4) 21-15, 21-17

    Keil-Metter (LMU 1) def. Duddridge-Thornberry (USC 5) 21-19, 22-20

    Burnham-Irvin (USC 2) def. Crouse-Maxfeldt (LMU 3) 21-11, 21-14

    Semifinals

    Shaw-Urango (USC 1) def. Fuller-Hagglund (USC 3) 21-17, 21-17

    Burnham-Irvin (USC 2) def. Keil-Metter (LMU 1) 22-20, 21-18

    Final

    Shaw-Urango (USC 1) def. Burnham-Irvin (USC 2) 16-21, 21-14, 15-12