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USC defeats UCLA for NCAA Beach Volleyball Championship

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LOS ANGELES, Calif. – Top-seeded USC won its fourth straight NCAA beach volleyball championship on Sunday, defeating second-seeded UCLA 3-0 in the championship game in Gulf Shores, Alabama.

The Trojans (37-5) won the first decider match, with sophomore Madison White and graduate student Maddi Kriz defeating senior Peri Brennan and graduate student Devon Newberry 14-21, 21-19, 15-13 on Court 2.


What you need to know

  • Top-seeded USC won its fourth consecutive NCAA beach volleyball championship on Sunday, defeating second-seeded UCLA
  • The Trojans beat UCLA 3-0
  • The Trojans were 4-3 against the Bruins this season, extending their series lead to 27-20. USC is 4-2 against UCLA in the NCAA tournament, including a 3-1 record in the championship dual
  • USC and UCLA have combined to win all eight NCAA beach volleyball tournaments

USC increased its lead to 2-0 as freshman Ashley Pater and graduate student Grace Seits posted a 24-26, 25-23, 15-8 victory over graduate student Jaden Whitmarsh and senior Tessa Van Winkle on Court 4.

The Trojans completed the victory when twins Audrey Nourse and Nicole Nourse defeated junior Jessie Smith and redshirt freshman Kenzie Brower, 22-20, 15-21, 15-11, on Court 3 in the final match of their college careers. The Nourses are graduate students.

The Nourses were 32-7 for the season, including winning each of their last nine games. The twins are 12-1 in the NCAA Tournament and have won their last 10 matches.

The Bruins finished their season 35-7.

The Nourses and the Pater-Seits team were selected to the All-Tournament Team, along with Trojan seniors Megan Kraft and Delaynie Maple leading their match on Court 1 against sophomore Maggie Boyd and graduate student Lexy Denaburg, 21-16, 18- 21, 8-4 when play was stopped after USC won the match.

UCLA junior Natalie Myszkowski and redshirt freshman Ensley Alden were also selected to the All-Tournament Team. They trailed in their match on Court 5 against sophomore Mabyn Thomas and freshman Madison Goellner, 17-21, 23-21, 4-2 when play was suspended.

The Trojans won all four of their matches in the tournament 3-0, defeating North Florida in the round of 16 on Friday, Loyola Marymount in a quarterfinal on Saturday and Cal Poly San Luis Obispo in a semifinal later on Saturday.

The Trojans were 4-3 against the Bruins this season, extending their series lead to 27-20. USC is 4-2 against UCLA in the NCAA tournament, including a 3-1 record in the championship dual.

USC and UCLA have combined to win all eight NCAA beach volleyball tournaments. The Trojans also won the 2016 and 2017 tournaments, while the Bruins won in 2018 and 2019. The 2020 tournament was canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic.

All eight NCAA beach volleyball tournaments have been held in Gulf Shores, Alabama. The 2025 and 2026 tournaments will be held at the Huntington Beach Pier.