Beach Volleyball
    Women of Troy Chosen for Seven Pac-12 Networks Broadcasts

    Alexa Strange

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    Jan. 28, 2015

    LOS ANGELES - The USC sand volleyball team will appear on the Pac-12 Networks in seven broadcast matches in 2015. The Women of Troy will host Pepperdine (March 24), Bakersfield and Saint Mary's College (March 26), Loyola Marymount and Concordia (April 2), and San Francisco and LMU a second time (April 9) in televised matches at Merle Norman Stadium.

    The Trojans recently finalized their 23-match regular-season schedule and will open the year on Thursday (March 12) with a home match against TCU at 5 p.m. PT at Merle Norman Stadium. That match will be streamed via USC's Pac-12 Networks web portal. The Trojans will face 10 teams that are ranked in the top 20 of the first-ever DiG Magazine preseason poll including two times against No. 1 Pepperdine, once against No. 2 Florida State, and three times against No. 5 Loyola Marymount.

    "We're excited for the upcoming season," said head coach Anna Collier, "and we think that we have put together a great schedule. It will be great to play some new schools this season, including TCU, California, and Concordia. Just through our schedule, you can really see how much the sport has grown in a short time. Having seven of our home matches selected for broadcast is big for the program. It's big for USC, and it's big for the sport. We treat it as an honor and a privilege, and will take advantage of the opportunity to showcase the sport, and our great athletes."

    Leading up to USC's opening match against the Horned Frogs, the Trojans will host a Cardinal and Gold Alumni Match on March 5, and is set to play an intrasquad scrimmage on March 7. On March 13, the Women of Troy welcome Florida State and Loyola Marymount to campus for duals. All three teams will then field pairs for a bracket tournament on the following day (Saturday, March 14).

    The Trojans head to the islands for spring break and will play duals against Hawai'i, Nebraska, and California, in Honolulu (March 18-19). USC will then stay island-bound for the Rainbow Wahine Spring Challenge (March 20-21). Upon their return, the Trojans take on Pepperdine (March 24) and then host Bakersfield and Saint Mary's College for duals on March 26. USC then faces Grand Canyon on the road (March 28) before two matches at home against LMU and Concordia on April 2. The Trojans will play the top-ranked Waves in Malibu, Calif., on April 4, and then close out the home slate with matches against LMU and San Francisco on April 9.

    In April, USC will participate in the USAV Beach Collegiate Challenge at Hermosa Beach (April 11-12) and then take on Concordia and Irvine Valley College in Irvine, Calif. (April 14). The Trojans will host the second-annual Pac-12 Invitational at the Annenberg Community Beach House in Santa Monica, Calif., the weekend of April 18-19. Arizona, Arizona State, California, and UCLA will participate in the team and pairs event. The last AVCA collegiate sand volleyball championship will take place in Gulf Shores, Ala., May 1-3. The NCAA recently voted to make sand volleyball its 90th championship, which will begin in 2016.

    For more information on the USC sand volleyball team and a complete schedule, please visit USCTrojans.com and follow @USCSandVBall on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.