UCLA upset top-seeded USC twice in the Pac-12 championships to claim its second Pac-12 crown at UCLA’s Mapes Beach. UCLA went 4-0 on Pac-12 championship weekend, defeating Washington (3-0), Arizona (3-0), USC (3-1), and USC (3-2).
UCLA clinched the championship at the No. 5 pair, with Rileigh Powers and Jaden Whitmarsh winning a tightly contested second set 21-17, 23-21, sending the Bruins into a celebratory frenzy.
The Bruins have won the Pac-12 title in 2018 and 2021, with USC winning in 2016 and 2017.
UCLA coach Stein Metzger and his Bruins were happy to get the pair of wins over USC after three previous losses this year.
“We got two really big wins in the 2s, with Lea Monkhouse and Devon Newberry,” Metzger said. “They did not get all-tournament, but if there was an All-Sunday team, it was certainly them.”
The six pairs who were awarded Pac-12 All-Tournament honors:
Jordan Polo and Ainsley Radell, Cal
Emmy Sharp and Amelia Smith, Stanford
Abby Van Winkle and Lindsey Sparks, UCLA
Rileigh Powers and Jaden Whitmarsh, UCLA
Tina Graudina and Megan Kraft, USC
Joy Dennis and Delaynie Maple, USC
UCLA is the top seed for this week’s National College Beach Championship. Enjoy our photo gallery from the Pac-12 weekend:
USC’s Nicole Nouse makes a diving save/Ed Chan, VBshots.com
Cal’s Caroline Schafer tries to play a dig over/Ed Chan, VBshots.com
USC’s Audrey Nourse gets an open net/Ed Chan, VBshots.com
Utah’s Olivia Teerlink chases down a shot/Ed Chan, VBshots.com
Stanford’s Sunny Villapando watches the ball after a running save/Ed Chan, VBshots.com
Cal celebrates the dual win/Ed Chan, VBshots.com
Stanford’s Charlie Ekstrom bounces a set/Ed Chan, VBshots.com
UCLA’s Lea Monkhouse brings up a net serve/Ed Chan, VBshots.com
Stanford’s Maya Harvey runs down a ball/Ed Chan, VBshots.com
USC’s Hailey Harward stretches for a dig/Ed Chan, VBshots.com
Washington’s Shayne McPherson digs a Savvy Simo spike/Ed Chan, VBshots.com
ASU’s Emily Anderson plays a lefty savve/Ed Chan, VBshots.com
USC’s Tina Graudina prepares to serve/Ed Chan, VBshots.com
Stanford’s Maddie Dailey (left) and Jordan McKinney celebrate/Ed Chan, VBshots.com
UCLA’s Savvy Simo takes advantage of the open net/Ed Chan, VBshots.com