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Top NCAA teams battle it out at USAV Beach Collegiate Challenge

By Corinne Calabro | April 08, 2017, 8:21 p.m. (ET)

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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – USA Volleyball hosted a Beach Collegiate Challenge on Saturday from Manhattan Beach, Calif., with No. 1 USC finishing unscathed.

Top ranked NCAA team Southern California went 3-0 on April 8 to remain unbeaten on the year. Also at the event were No. 15 Arizona State, and two teams receiving votes in the AVCA Coaches poll, Loyola Marymount and Saint Mary's.

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ASU, LMU and SMC each went 1-2 on the day.

The big story coming out of the tournament was Saint Mary's sophomore duo Payton Rund/Lindsey Knudsen knocking off USC seniors Kelly Claes/Sara Hughes, 13-21, 21-18, 17-15 in the final dual of the day. Prior to that match, Claes and Hughes were on a 103-match winning streak. USC won the dual, 4-1, against SMC and improve their team winning streak to 55 consecutive duals.

The event proved packed with talent as each of the teams is a Top 15 contender in the polls and with the regular season wrapping at the end of April, post-season appearances on the horizon. The NCAA Beach Volleyball Championship, May 5-7, hosts eight teams in a double elimination tournament. From May 11-13, USA Volleyball is hosting a Collegiate Beach Championships, which invites pairs from those eight teams, and additional schools to compete for a pair title.

The season isn't over yet, and each week the schedules prove to show tightly contested match-ups. Fans can watch the NCAA Championship on TV and from USAV's Collegiate Beach Championships, NBCSN will air the women's final live on May 13 from 6-7:30 p.m. ET, and immediately afterwards the taped delayed men's final.

Follow the NCAA beach volleyball action with the NCAA's game center page, giving you up-to-date information about each week's match-ups.

Dual Results - Saturday | April 8              
USC def Loyola Marymount 4-1         Arizona State def Saint Mary's 3-2    
Claes/Hughes (USC) def Sponcil/Slattery (LMU)  21-17, 21-13       Arellano/Follette (ASU) def Rund/Knudsen    21-16, 21-18 
Cannon/Martin (USC) def Prichard/Kovac (LMU) 21-14, 18-21, 15-12       Berridge/Okara (ASU) def Bible/Chase    13-21, 21-18, 15-12
Dennis/Wheeler (USC) def Estes/Whitford (LMU)  21-15, 15-21, 15-12       Hernandez/Salmons (SMC) def Rivera/Patchell (ASU)    21-14, 17-21, 15-10
Belton/Kremer (USC) def Doud/Nederend (LMU)  22-20, 21-14       Parker/Calvin (SMC) def Lundberg/Carballo    20-22, 21-19, 15-8
Castellanos/Williams (LMU) def Kernochan/Thomas (USC)  23-25, 21-14, 15-12       Braun/Wedepohl (ASU) def Wilkerson/Young (SMC)   21-15, 17-21, 15-9
               
USC def Arizona State 4-1         Saint Mary's def Loyola Marymount 3-2    
Claes/Hughes (USC) def Arellano/Follette (ASU)  21-15, 21-18       Rund/Knudsen (SMC) def Sponcil/Slattery (LMU)   22-20, 14-21, 15-9
Berridge/Okara (ASU) def Cannon/Martin (USC) 21-16, 20-22, 15-10       Bible/Chase (SMC) def Prichard/Kovac (LMU)   21-17, 18-21, 15-8
Dennis/Wheeler (USC) def Lundberg/Carballo (ASU) 21-14, 21-14       Hernandez/Salmons (SMC) def Estes/Whitford (LMU)   18-21, 21-19, 15-13
Belton/Kremer (USC) def Cross/Patchell (ASU) 21-14, 21-17       Doud/Nederend (LMU) def Parker/Calvin (SMC)   21-9, 21-17
Dunn/Kernochan (USC) def Braun/Wedepohl (ASU) 21-16, 22-20       Castellanos/Williams (LMU) def Wilkerson/Young (SMC)   21-23, 21-14, 17-15
               
Loyola Marymount def Arizona State 4-1         USC def Saint Mary's 4-1    
Sponcil/Slattery (LMU) def Arellano/Follette (ASU)  21-17, 21-19       Rund/Knudsen (SMC) def Claes/Hughes (USC)    13-21, 21-18, 17-15
Lundberg/Carballo (ASU) def EstesWhitford (LMU) 14-21, 21-17, 15-12       Cannon/Martin (USC) def Bible/Chase (SMC)   21-19, 21-12
Prichard/Kovac (LMU) def Berridge/Okara (ASU) 21-16, 23-21, 18-16       Dennis/Wheeler (USC) def Hernandez/Salmons (SMC)   21-18, 21-16
Doud/Nederend (LMU) def Braun/Wedepohl (ASU) 21-18, 21-18       Belton/Kremer (USC) def Parker/Calvin (SMC)   21-12, 21-8
Castellanos/Williams (LMU) def Cross/Patchell (ASU) 21-13, 21-9       Kernochan/Thomas (USC) def Wilkerson/Sullivan (SMC)   21-16, 21-8

 

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