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UCLA captures second-straight American collegiate title

 
World Tour gold medal winner Stein Metzger holds the championship trophy flanked with Sarah Sponcil (far left) and the Canadian McNamara twins (Megan and Nicole) on their side of the UCLA coach
Gulf Shores, Alabama, USA, May 5, 2019 - A week after losing to Southern California in the finals of their conference championships, UCLA bounced back this week to capture their second-straight NCAA women's beach volleyball title here Sunday with a 3-0 victory over the Women of Troy.


Coached by American Olympians Stein Metzger and Jenny Johnson Jordan, UCLA won the third, fourth and fifth dual matches to secure the victory over USC as the Lady Bruins held the advantage in the first and second duals.


USC advanced to the title match earlier on Sunday by posting a 3-2 elimination win over Louisiana State. The Women of Troy were seeking to retake the NCAA crown from UCLA as USC captured the trophies in 2016 and 2017 when FIVB World Tour participants Kelly Claes and Sara Hughes were the team leaders.

Sunday's two matches produced an attendance of 3,228 to improve the three-day total to 9,449. At the conclusion of the play on Sunday, the All-Tournament Team was announced led by Latvian Tina Graudina (Jurmala, Latvia) and her USC partner Abril Bustamante.

USC's Abril Bustamante (left) and Tina Graudina (right) were named to the NCAA all-tournament team on Sunday.

Other all-tourney picks were Zana Muno/Abby Van Winkle and Izzy Carey/Linsey Sparks of UCLA, Darby Dunn/Sammee Thomas of Stetson, and Kylin Loker/Hi'ilawe Huddleston of Hawai'i.

Here are Sunday's results:

Southern California 3, Louisiana State 2 (LSU eliminated)
1. Abril Bustamante/Tina Graudina (Jurmala, Latvia) def. Claire Coppola/Kristen Nuss, LSU. 2-0 (21-18, 21-18)
2. Terese Cannon/Sammy Slater, USC def. Kelli Agnew/Olivia Powers, LSU, 2-0 (21-13, 21-12)
3. Haley Hallgren/Alexandra Poletto (Toronto, Ontario, Canada), USC def. Ashlyn Rasnick-Pope/Toni Rodriguez, LSU, 2-0 (21-13, 21-14)
4. Olivia Beyer/Maddie Ligon, LSU def. Joy Dennis/Maja Kaiser, USC, 2-1 (19-21, 21-17, 15-13)
5. Hunter Domanski/Kahlee York, LSU def. Cammie Dorn/Mollie Ebertin, USC, 2-1 (17-21, 21-13, 15-9)

UCLA 3, Southern California 0
1. Bustamante/Graudina (Jurmala, Latvia), USC vs. Megan McNamara/Nicole McNamara (Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada), UCLA, 18-21, 19-19, unfinished
2. Cannon/Slater, USC vs. Lily Justine/Sarah Sponcil, UCLA, 18-21, 10-19, unfinished
3. Zana Muno/Abby Van Winkle, UCLA def. Hallgren/Poletto (Toronto, Ontario, Canada), USC, 2-0 (22-20, 21-13)
4. Savvy Simo/Madi Yeomans, UCLA def. Joy Dennis/Maja Kaiser, USC, 2-0 (21-16, 21-19)
5. Izzy Carey/Lindsey Sparks, UCLA def. Cammie Dorn/Mollie Ebertin, USC, 2-0 (21-16, 21-15)



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