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Southern California women beat UCLA 3-0 to win fourth straight beach volleyball championship

Twin sisters Nicole and Audrey Nourse won the deciding match for the second straight season and top-ranked Southern California won its fourth straight beach volleyball championship with a 3-0 sweep of No. 2 UCLA

GULF SHORES, Ala. – Twin sisters Nicole and Audrey Nourse won the deciding match for the second straight season and top-ranked Southern California won its fourth straight beach volleyball championship on Sunday with a 3-0 sweep of No. 2 UCLA.

It was the first championship – since the NCAA recognized the sport in 2016 – where all five games went to a third match.

USC (37-5) has won six of eight championships – the last four under head coach Dain Blanton. UCLA (35-7) won the other two titles in 2018-19.

USC jumped out to a 2-0 lead behind the No. 2 and No. 4 pairs.

Twos Madison White and Maddi Kriz dropped the first game 14-21 to UCLA’s Peri Brennan and Devon Newberry before rallying for 21-19 and 15-13 wins in the next two.

Grace Seits and freshman Ashley Pater lost the opener 24-26 to the Bruins’ Jaden Whitmarsh and Tessa Van Winkle. Seits and Pater trailed 8-4 in the second game but rallied from 25-23 before dominating the third 15-8. Seits and Pater won their last five matches and finished 12-1 as a pair this season.

The Nourse sisters defeated UCLA threes Jessie Smith and Kenzie Brower 22-20 to open their match. Smith and Brower answered with a 21-15 win to even the score on a game-by-game basis. The third was tied at 9-9 before a service ace from Nicole Nourse and her block at the net secured a 15-11 victory and the 2024 title.

USC seniors Megan Kraft, a three-time AVCA first-team All-American, and two-time first-teamer Delaynie Maple cruised to a 21-16 victory over the Bruins’ Maggie Boyd and Lexy Denaburg in the opener for the ones. Boyd and Denaburg led by four in the second game before the Trojans pulled within 18-17. UCLA scored the final three points, capped by Boyd’s service ace, forcing a third game. Kraft and Maple had an 8-4 lead in the final match before the result came into question.

UCLA’s No. 5 pair of Natalie Myszkowski and Ensley Alden opened with a 21-17 win over USC’s Mabyn Thomas and Madison Goellner. The Trojans earned a 23-21 victory to force a deciding game. USC was leading 4-2 when the game was canceled.

USC defeated UCLA 3-2 in the championship game last season.

USC started its streak with a 3-1 win over UCLA for the 2021 title. The Trojans followed that with a 3-1 win over Florida State. Due to COVID-19, the event was canceled in 2020.

Anna Collier coached USC to its first two titles: a 3-0 win over Florida State in 2016 and a 3-2 win over Pepperdine the following season.

The Trojans advanced to the finals this season with a 3-0 victory over No. 5 Cal Poly in the semifinals. The Bruins advanced to the title game with a 3-1 victory over No. 11 LSU.

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AP college sports: https://apnews.com/hub/college-sports