Sand Volleyball
    Burnham-Robinson Wins AVCA National Pairs Championship
    2013 AVCA National Pairs Champions Kirby Burnham (left) and Stevi Robinson
    2013 AVCA National Pairs Champions Kirby Burnham (left) and Stevi Robinson
    
    

    May 5, 2013

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    GULF SHORES, Ala. - USC's top women's sand volleyball duo of Kirby Burnham and Stevi Robinson won the pairs title of the 2013 American Volleyball Coaches Association Collegiate Sand Volleyball National Championship with a hard-fought 21-19, 21-19 win over Long Beach State's Caitlin Ledoux and Tara Roenicke on a gusty Sunday (May 5) in Gulf Shores, Ala.

    It was the USC duo's third win in four tries in 2013 against Ledoux-Roenicke, who also lost in this AVCA final last year to a Pepperdine team.

    USC's No. 2 pairs team of Katie Fuller and Cinnamon Sary finished fifth after falling in the quarterfinals to Ledoux-Roenicke, 21-19, 21-13, the tourney's second seed. Tenth-seeded Fuller-Sary beat Florida State's seventh-seeded Julie Brown-Melanie Pavels, 21-14, 11-21, 16-14, in the Round of 16 to advance to the quarters.

    Top seeds Burnham-Robinson opened the day's play with a 21-12, 21-9 victory in the Round of 16 over 16th seeds Carolyn Jenkins-Cari Whitmire of North Florida. They then survived windy conditions in the quarterfinals to beat scrappy eighth seeds Zuzana Markova-Tetiana Sukach of Louisiana-Monroe, 19-21, 21-19, 15-11. In the semifinals, Burnham-Robinson swept Georgia State's 12th-seeded Lane Carico- Katie Madewell, 21-11, 21-16, to land a spot in the final.

    Burnham and Robinson, USC's first-ever women's sand volleyball All-Americans, finished their 2013 campaign with a 25-4 dual match record. Burnham is a junior, while Robinson is a graduate student who transferred to USC this year from Pepperdine.

    Fuller, a senior, and freshman Sary ended 2013 with a 14-11 record.

    The Women of Troy finished in third place in the team competition of the AVCA Sand Volleyball National Championship on Saturday (May 4). USC lost a heartbreaker in the semifinals to eventual national titlist Long Beach State, 3-2.

    PAIRS COMPETITION

    Round of 16
    #1 Kirby Burnham-Stevi Robinson (USC1) def. #16 Carolyn Jenkins-Cari Whitmire (NF2) 21-12, 21-9
    #10 Katie Fuller-Cinnamon Sary (USC2) def. # 7 Julie Brown-Melanie Pavels (FSU2) 21-14, 11-21, 16-14

    Quarterfinals
    #1 Kirby Burnham-Stevi Robinson (USC1) def. #8 Zuzana Markova-Tetiana Sukach (ULM1) 19-21, 21-19, 15-11
    #2 Caitlin Ledoux-Tara Roenicke (LBSU1) def. #10 Katie Fuller-Cinnamon Sary (USC2) 21-19, 21-13

    Semifinals
    #1 Kirby Burnham-Stevi Robinson (USC1) def. #12 Lane Carico-Katie Madewell (GSU1) 21-11, 21-16

    Final
    #1 Kirby Burnham-Stevi Robinson (USC1) def. #2 Caitlin Ledoux-Tara Roenicke (LBSU1) 21-19, 21-19