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Gallery: UCLA beach volleyball falls to USC in Pac-12 championship final

By Alice Naland, Jacqueline Dzwonczyk

April 27, 2019 8:48 pm

Freshman Lindsey Sparks and senior Izzy Carey react after scoring a point in their straight set win over USC in the winner’s bracket final of the Pac-12 championship Friday. The court five win gave UCLA the first point of the dual.

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Senior Nicole McNamara lobs the ball over the net. Nicole and senior Megan McNamara lost both tournament matches against USC to Graudina and Abril Bustamante on court one.

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Senior Sarah Sponcil celebrates with partner junior Lily Justine during their win over USC on court two Friday.

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Junior Savvy Simo and sophomore transfer Lea Monkhouse went 4-1 over the weekend, with the one loss coming to USC in the winner’s bracket final. The pair ran a 13-match winning streak prior to Friday.

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Nicole (left) and Megan (right) McNamara react as the ball falls on their side of the court in their loss against USC.

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Freshman Lindsey Sparks digs a serve during UCLA’s second court five victory of the tournament against USC. The pair were 5-0 during the Pac-12 championship, running a 23-2 season record.

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Carey was named the Pac-12 Beach Volleyball Scholar-Athlete of the Year, in addition to earning recognition as an all-tournament player with Sparks.

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Simo reacts to UCLA’s comeback on court four during the team’s sweep of California on Saturday morning.

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Sponcil dives to keep the ball alive in the deciding match of the tournament, which the Bruins dropped to the Trojans. Sponcil and Justine were 1-1 this weekend, with both the win and the loss coming against USC.

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Senior Zana Muno and freshman Abby Van Winkle lost in straight sets Saturday afternoon, giving USC its first point of the dual.

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Muno and Van Winkle fell to the Trojans’ court three pair twice, running an 0-2 record on the weekend. The duo lost just three matches during the regular season.

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Megan McNamara hits the ball past USC’s Graudina to cut the Trojans’ lead on court one.

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Nicole McNamara sends the flying ball toward the net.

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Sponcil celebrates after extending UCLA’s third-set lead on court two against USC in the Pac-12 championship.

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USC’s Terese Cannon blocks Justine’s hit during the final set of the evening, en route to a 15-12 victory that clinched the title for the Trojans.

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The Trojans rush the court after clinching the Pac-12 championship in a three-set battle on court two.

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USC defeated UCLA 3-2 to win its third Pac-12 championship in four years. USC and UCLA will both compete in the NCAA championship tournament in Gulf Shores, Alabama, next weekend.

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Alice Naland
Jacqueline Dzwonczyk | Assistant Sports editor
Dzwonczyk is currently an assistant Sports editor for the women's basketball, women's soccer, beach volleyball, men's golf and women's golf beats. She was previously a reporter on the women's soccer, beach volleyball and women's tennis beats.
Dzwonczyk is currently an assistant Sports editor for the women's basketball, women's soccer, beach volleyball, men's golf and women's golf beats. She was previously a reporter on the women's soccer, beach volleyball and women's tennis beats.
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