Beach Volleyball
    No. 1 USC Opens Home Slate With LMU Lions

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    March 20, 2017

    MATCH #12
    No. 1 USC (11-0) vs. Loyola Marymount (6-6)
    Merle Norman Stadium • Los Angeles, Calif.
    Wednesday, March 22 • 12 p.m. PT
    Series History: USC leads, 15-0 (1.000)
    Last Meeting: W, 5-0 (April 9, 2016 • Hermosa Beach)

    MATCHES #13-16
    GAMECOCK GRAND SLAM - DAN APOL MEMORIAL
    Wheeler Beach • Columbia, S.C.
    Saturday, March 25-Sunday, March 26
    Opponents: No. 4 Florida State, No. 9 South Carolina, No. 9 Georgia State, No. 13 Stetson

    BARE E-SAND-SHELLS

    • USC is the two-time defending national champion and won the first-ever NCAA title in the sport in 2016 (AVCA, 2015).
    • The Women of Troy are on an active record 41-match winning streak that dates back to March 11, 2016 (73 of the last 75).
    • The Trojans are the defending Pac-12 Champions.
    • Sixth-year head coach Anna Collier was the 2014 AVCA National Coach of the Year and has a 119-17 overall record with USC. She is the first and only collegiate beach volleyball coach to reach 100 career victories.
    • Seniors Kelly Claes and Sara Hughes dropped just one set in 2016 and finished 48-0. The duo is on an active 84-match winning streak dating back to April 2, 2015. They are the winningest pair in USC history with 103 all-time victories (3 losses).
    • Only four teams have ever beaten the Trojans in a dual: Pepperdine (8), Long Beach State (5), Florida State (3), and Hawai'i (1).w

    LOS ANGELES -- The top-ranked and undefeated USC beach volleyball team (11-0) opens its home schedule with a dual against Loyola Marymount (6-6) on Wednesday, March 22, at noon PT on the sand at Merle Norman Stadium. The Women of Troy have won 41 consecutive matches and are coming off a 7-0 week on the Hawaiian Islands where they claimed the 2017 Outrigger Hawai'i Invitational championship. Senior Sara Hughes was honored as the tournament's Most Outstanding Player.

    THE LAST MEETING
    USC5
    Loyola Marymount0
    April 9, 2016
    Hermosa Beach, Calif.
    No. 2 USC Tames Lions in 5-0 Sweep to Open USAV Beach Challenge
    The No. 2-ranked USC beach volleyball team (18-2) logged its 10th 5-0 sweep of an opponent as the Women of Troy defeated Loyola Marymount (4-14) to open the 2016 USAV Beach Collegiate Challenge at the Hermosa Beach Pier on Saturday, April 9. The victory pushed the Trojans' winning streak to 14 duals, which is the third-longest streak in program history.

    THE LAST MEETING
    USC4
    Florida State1
    March 18, 2017
    Honolulu, Hawai'i
    No. 1 Trojans Shake No. 4 Seminoles for 4-1 Win
    The top-ranked USC beach volleyball team (10-0) posted a 4-1 win over No. 4 Florida State (7-4) on Queen's Beach sand in the 2017 Outrigger Hawai'i Invitational on Saturday, March 18. The Women of Troy stayed undefeated on the season and ran their streak of victories to 40 consecutive duals.

    THE LAST MEETING
    South Carolina0
    USC5
    April 1, 2016
    South Beach, Fla.
    No. 2 USC Coops Up Gamecocks For 5-0 Win
    The No. 2-ranked USC beach volleyball team (13-2) secured a 5-0 sweep of South Carolina (13-8) in its second match of the day at the fourth-annual FIU Surf and Turf Invitational on Friday, April 1. The Women of Troy won their ninth straight dual and posted their sixth sweep of the season.

    THE LAST MEETING
    USC3
    Georgia State0
    May 6, 2016
    Gulf Shores, Ala.
    USC Pushes Past Panthers in 3-0 First-Round NCAA Win
    The top-ranked and No. 2-seeded USC beach volleyball team (31-2) produced a 3-0 win over seventh-seeded No. 7 Georgia State (26-9) in the first round of the inaugural NCAA Beach Volleyball Championship on the sands of Gulf Place on Friday, May 6. The Women of Troy extended their winning streak to 27 duals and advanced to meet the winner of Arizona-Pepperdine in a match set for 4 p.m. CT (2 p.m. PT) today.

    THE LAST MEETING
    USC4
    Stetson1
    April 2, 2016
    South Beach, Fla.
    No. 2 Trojans Top Hatters For 11th Straight Victory
    The No. 2-ranked USC beach volleyball team (15-2) improved to 4-0 at the fourth-annual FIU Surf and Turf Invitational with a 4-1 win over No. 9 Stetson (17-6) at Lummus Park early on Saturday morning, April 2. The win is the 11th straight dual victory for the Women of Troy; the third-longest winning streak in program history.

    Following the home dual, the Trojans and the Lions will face off in a pairs tournament. Then, USC heads to the East Coast for the Gamecock Grand Slam and Dan Apol Memorial in Columbia, S.C., where the Trojans will take on No. 4 Florida State, No. 9 South Carolina, No. 13 Stetson, and No. 9 Georgia State.

    USC has won 73 of its last 75 dual matches and is led by its senior pair of Hughes and Kelly Claes. The dynamic duo is the first and only USC pair to reach 100 wins together (103-3 overall) and is on an incredible 84-match winning streak that dates back to April 2, 2015. All four of the Trojans' other pairs are newly formed.

    LAST TIME OUT: The Women of Troy earned seven wins on the Hawaiian Islands including a 5-0 mark in the 2017 Outrigger Hawai'i Invitational to win the tournament title. USC stayed undefeated on the season and improved to 11-0. The Trojans also extended their record-winning streak to 41 consecutive matches. Seniors Kelly Claes and Sara Hughes dropped just one set during the week, but the loss snapped a set streak of 105 consecutive wins. Despite the loss, the senior pair pushed their own match-winning streak to 84 straight wins. In the process, the duo became the first in school history to break the 100-victory plateau. Hughes was later chosen as the tournament's Most Outstanding Player. At court five, juniors Jenna Belton and Jo Kremer went undefeated and are now on a seven-match winning streak. But it was court two that delivered the clinching point in four of USC's seven matches. There, seniors Sophie Bukovec and Allie Wheeler went 6-1 on the week and are now on an active five-match winning streak.

    SCOUTING REPORT: Loyola Marymount (6-6) is coming off a pair of wins: one over Cal State Northridge and the other over Cal State Bakersfield. Four of LMU's losses have come at the hands of opponents ranked in the AVCA top five. The Trojans have never lost to the Lions in 15 meetings. USC will meet No. 4 Florida State (8-4) for the third time in two weeks. The Trojans are responsible for two of the Seminoles' losses. The other two were to UCLA and Pepperdine. USC is 6-3 all-time against FSU and is on a four-match winning streak. No. 9 South Carolina (11-1) suffered its only loss to LSU, a team USC beat. The only other common opponent between the two teams is Florida International. The Gamecocks have won two straight since the loss. USC owns a 1-0 all-time mark against the other USC; the two teams met for the first time last season in Miami. No. 13 Stetson (5-8) has lost six of its eight times by 3-2 decisions and four were to opponents ranked in the AVCA top 10. USC is 4-0 all-time against the Hatters. No. 9 Georgia State (10-5) lost four straight at the East Meets West Invitational, but righted the ship with four wins and one loss at the Stetson tournament. USC has met the Panthers twice and owns a 2-0 mark all-time against GSU.

    HOME, SWEET, HOME: The Women of Troy are 34-4 at Merle Norman Stadium since the venue's opening in 2013. The Trojans won 19 straight home matches between 2014 and 2016; and went 10-0 in 2015 and 8-0 in 2014 on MNS sand. USC currently owns an eight-match winning streak at the stadium. Only three teams have ever come to Merle Norman Stadium and beaten the Trojans: Florida State (twice), Long Beach State, and Pepperdine.

    ALL ABOUT THE BENJAMINS: On Saturday, April 23, 2016, USC defeated Hawai'i, 3-0, to make head coach Anna Collier the first and only collegiate beach volleyball coach to reach the 100 career victories mark. She is currently 119-17 (.875) all-time. The next closest coach is Pepperdine's Nina Matthies who is 93-14 (.869).

    SENIOR CITIZENS: The Trojans' seniors Kelly Claes and Sara Hughes are the winningest pair in program history. The duo has won 103 matches (3 losses) together over the course of a three-year relationship. Seniors Nicolette Martin and Allie Wheeler formed the second-most successful duo in school history from 2014-16 as they amassed 91 victories (91-14) through the end of the 2016 NCAA championship run. Claes and Hughes own the USC single-season record for wins with a 48-0 mark achieved in 2016.

    LET'S GO STREAKING: USC set a new program record to close the 2016 season as winners of 30 consecutive matches. The streak carried into the 2017 campaign and now stands at 41 straight wins. Seniors Kelly Claes and Sara Hughes have won 84 straight matches dating back to April 2, 2015. During that streak, the two Trojans have lost just six sets (only one in 2016). The dynamic duo won 25 straight matches to close the 2015 season as AVCA National Pairs Champions and finished with a final mark of 44-3. They then went undefeated in 2016 with a 48-0 record.