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Huskers Finish Trip to Arizona

By NU Athletic Communications

The Nebraska beach volleyball team wrapped up its first road trip of the 2018 season on Sunday. The Huskers fell to No. 1 USC, 5-0, before dropping a hard-fought 3-2 match to No. 19 Arizona State at the PERA Club in Tempe, Arizona. 

The Huskers moved to 1-3 on the season, while USC improved to 3-0 and Arizona State improved to 1-1. Against the Trojans, Allie Havers and Jasmine Schmidt were NU's most competitive pair, dropping the first set of their match 27-25 before falling 21-18 in the second set.

In the second match of the day against the Sun Devils, Lauren Stivrins and Kelly Hunter teamed up for a 21-14, 21-19 win over Arizona State's No. 1 pair, Kwyn Johnson and Mia Rivera. The Husker duo of Kenzie Maloney and Annika Albrecht defeated Kara Woodard and Sydney Palmer in the No. 2 spot, 21-17, 21-16. But the Sun Devils won the other three matchups to claim the 3-2 win. 

Nebraska will now host a pair of beach matches at the Hawks Championship Center. On Friday, March 2, NU will host Missouri State at 2 p.m. The following week on Thursday, March 8, Nebraska will go up against Missouri Baptist at 2 p.m. Both matches will be closed to the public because of space limitations.

No. 1 USC 5, Nebraska 0
1. Abril Bustamanate/Terese Cannon (USC) def. Kelly Hunter/Lauren Stivrins (NEB); 21-12, 21-15
2. Haley Hallgren/Sammy Slater (USC) def. Annika Albrecht/Kenzie Maloney (NEB); 21-18, 21-15
3. Joy Dennis/Brianna Sizemore (USC) def. Sami Slaughter/Jazz Sweet (NEB); 21-11, 21-9
4. Jenna Belton/Jo Kremer (USC) def. Hayley Densberger/Anezka Szabo (NEB); 21-2, 21-8
5. Cammie Dorn/Lainy Thomas (USC) def. Allie Havers/Jasmine Schmidt (NEB); 27-25, 21-18
Exh. Maja Kaiser/Alexandra Poletto (USC) def. Kenzie Maloney/Chesney McClellan (NEB); 21-8, 21-11
Order of finish: 4, 5, 1, 3, 2

No. 19 Arizona State 3, Nebraska 2
1. Lauren Stivrins/Kelly Hunter (NEB) def. Kwyn Johnson/Mia Rivera: 21-14, 21-19
2. Kenzie Maloney/Annika Albrecht (NEB) def. Kara Woodard/Sydney Palmer (ASU): 21-17, 21-16
3. Katelyn Carballo/Ellyson Lundberg (ASU) def. Jazz Sweet/Sami Slaughter: 21-10, 21-7
4. Katie Cross/Cierra Flood (ASU) def. Chesney McClellan/Hayley Densberger: 21-12, 21-6
5. Kate Baldwin/Sam Plaster (ASU) def. Jasmine Schmidt/Allie Havers: 21-19, 21-14
Exh. Natalie Braun/Frances Giedraitis (ASU) def. Anezka Szabo/Kelly Hunter: 21-12, 21-10
Order of finish:  4, 5, 3, 1, 2


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