DiG Collegiate
Sand Volleyball
April 10 Poll

1. USC
3. Pepperdine
4. Florida State
5. Long Beach State
6. Hawaii
7. LSU
8. Arizona
9. Grand Canyon
10. TCU
11. Georgia State
12. South Carolina
13. Florida International
14. Florida Atlantic
15. St. Mary’s
16. Loyola Marymount
17. Stetson
18. California
19. Arizona State
20. Stanford

Others receiving votes:
Tulane, Cal Poly, Nebraska

Collegiate Beach Volleyball Poll
Week 6

USC extends winning streak to 55 over two seasons


SAN LUIS OBISPO — UCLA moved into the No. 2 spot in the DiG Magazine poll after extending its school-record winning streak to 23 matches. The Bruins improved to 25-2 after a 6-0 week that included victories over Loyola Marymount (No. 16), Cal Poly, Long Beach State (No. 5), Arizona (No. 8), Washington and Concordia. USC, meanwhile, stayed at No. 1 and moved its winning streak to 55 despite the first loss in three seasons for the Trojans’ No. 1 duo of Kelly Claes and Sara Hughes. Claes and Hughes fell to St. Mary’s Lindsey Knudsen and Payton Run in three sets (13-21, 21-18, 17-15 ) at the USA Volleyball Collegiate Classic in Manhattan Beach, California. The loss ended a 102-match winning streak for college volleyball’s top-ranked duo. The Trojans went 5-0 during the week and never lost more than one point in any of the matches. Florida State (No. 4) also enjoyed a strong week. The Seminoles posted victories over ranked opponents in Florida Atlantic (No.14), TCU (No. 10) and South Carolina (No. 12) and drew praise from their head coach Brooke Niles. “Our team came ready to play this weekend,” Florida State head coach Brooke Niles said. “This is what I have been waiting for all year. On all five spots they worked hard and the people who did not play were supporting each other. It was just a great weekend overall. I am proud of how they competed. There were a lot of different changes in the schedule and the way our schedule has been all year I think we are ready for everything and are peaking at the right time.” Despite the loss to Florida State, TCU cracked the Top 10 for the first time with impressive victories over Georgia State (No.11), Florida Atlantic (No.13) and Florida International (No. 14).