Beach Volleyball
    USC Women's Sand Volleyball Sweeps Loyola Marymount Again

    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