Lions Drop Match to #1 USC

March 23, 2017

Box Score

Playing the top team in the nation on Wednesday afternoon, LMU beach volleyball (6-7) dropped a 5-0 decision to #1 USC (12-0) from Merle Norman Stadium at USC.

LMU's top team of Savannah Slattery and Sarah Sponcil forced three sets against USC top pair Kelly Claes/Sarah Hughes, but ultimately fell, 18-21, 21-10, 15-3.

Kristen Castellanos and Erin Williams also played a three-set match against the Trojans, dropping a #5 showdown with Jenna Belton/Jo Kremer, 18-21, 21-17, 15-12.

Following the team competition, LMU and USC played a pairs tournament in which Sponcil/Slattery posted a 21-13, 21-14 victory over Joy Dennis/Lainy Thomas to reach the semifinals. There, the duo fell to Katrina Kernochan/Allie Wheeler, 21-15, 16-21, 15-10.

LMU will return to action on March 30 when it travels to Cal State Northridge to play the Matadors and Cal.

LMU vs USC (Mar 22, 2017)
#1 USC 5, LMU 0
Mar 22, 2017 at Los Angeles, Calif. (Merle Norman Stadium)

Doubles competition
1. Kelly Claes/Sara Hughes (USC) def. Savannah Slattery/Sarah Sponcil (LMU) 18-21, 21-10, 15-3
2. Katrina Kernochan/Allie Wheeler (USC) def. Sara Kovac/Jessie Prichard (LMU) 21-11, 21-19
3. Terese Cannon/Nicolette Martin (USC) def. Brittnay Estes/Kekai Whitford (LMU) 21-15, 21-15
4. Abril Bustamante/Joy Dennis (USC) def. Emma Doud/Veronica Nederend (LMU) 21-16, 25-23
5. Jenna Belton/Jo Kremer (USC) def. Kristen Castellanos/Erin Williams (LMU) 18-21, 21-17, 15-12
Ext. Cammie Dorn/Lainy Thomas (USC) def. Kameryn Hill/Tatiana Schlange (LMU) 21-12, 21-13

Match Notes
LMU 6-7
USC 12-0; National ranking #1
Order of finish: Doubles (4,5,3,2,1)



Mar 22, 2017 -- USC Pairs Tournament
USC Pairs Tournament
Mar 22, 2017 at Los Angeles, Calif. (Merle Norman Stadium)

Doubles competition
1st Cammie Dorn/Avery Hazelrigg (USC) def. Kameryn Hill/Tatiana Schlange (LMU) 21-16, 21-17
1st Jenna Belton/Jo Kremer (USC) def. Emma Doud/Veronica Nederend (LMU) 21-18, 21-17
1st Joy Dennis/Lainy Thomas (USC) def. Kristen Castellanos/Erin Williams (LMU) 21-17, 21-18
QF Terese Cannon/Nicolette Martin (USC) def. Sara Kovac/Jessie Prichard (LMU) 21-18, 21-13
QF Savannah Slattery/Sarah Sponcil (LMU) def. Joy Dennis/Lainy Thomas (USC) 21-13, 21-14
QF Katrina Kernochan/Allie Wheeler (USC) def. Brittnay Estes/Kekai Whitford (LMU) 21-11, 21-15
QF Kelly Claes/Sara Hughes (USC) def. Jenna Belton/Jo Kremer (USC) 21-15, 21-10
SF Katrina Kernochan/Allie Wheeler (USC) def. Savannah Slattery/Sarah Sponcil (LMU) 21-15, 16-21, 15-10
SF Kelly Claes/Sara Hughes (USC) def. Terese Cannon/Nicolette Martin (USC) 21-11, 21-18
F Terese Cannon/Sara Hughes (USC) def. Katrina Kernochan/Allie Wheeler (USC) 21-14, 21-18


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