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    Burnham-Robinson Wins AVCA National Pairs Championship

    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.


    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

    #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

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

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