Norton and Reeves Place Second in USC Bracket Tournament

March 17, 2013

NOTE: 1 P.M. START TIME FOR UCLA HOME OPENER AGAINST NEBRASKA ON THURSDAY AT ANNENBERG (NOT 9 A.M.)!!!

LOS ANGELES - In an early start to March Madness, UCLA, USC and Loyola Marymount took part in a bracket-style tournament at Merle Norman Stadium on Sunday. Bruin #1 team of juniors Meg Norton and Kelly Reeves took second place, while the #2 squad of sophomore Zoë Nightingale and freshman Becca Strehlow placed fourth.

The morning got started with a victory for the #2 doubles team of Nightingale and Strehlow, as they defeated Loyola Marymount's #3 team of Amber Mirabello and Hannah Tedrow, 21-8, 18-21, 15-8.

The Bruin #1 duo of Norton and Reeves played at the same time to open up the tournament and took down LMU's #5 of Ashley Maxfeldt and Anne Marie Taylor, 21-13, 21-9.

The #3 pair of senior Bojana Todorovic and sophomore Megan Moenoa and the #5 tandem of freshmen Rachel Inouye and Maddy Klineman played in the second wave of action. Moenoa and Todorovic advanced with a 21-18, 21-19 win over LMU's #4 of Taylor Scioscia and Rachelle Suaava.

Inouye and Klineman would fall to USC's #2 squad of Katie Fuller and Cinnamon Sary, 21-15, 21-11. Rounding out the Bruin teams in the first round was the #4 group of sophomore Karsta Lowe and freshman Karly Drolson, which fell to USC #3 Eve Ettinger and Bria Russ, 21-19, 21-13.

With the Bruins carrying over three teams to the quarterfinals, Nightingale and Strehlow got things started in the next round and took down the USC #4 tandem of Brooke Fournier and Natasa Siljkovic, 21-16, 21-13.

Moenoa and Todorovic dropped their quarterfinal contest to USC's #1 team of Kirby Burnham and Stevi Robinson, 21-16, 21-13. However, Norton and Reeves guaranteed a pair of UCLA teams in the semifinals, as that duo defeated USC's Ettinger and Russ in the closest match of the day, 21-23, 22-20, 19-17.

Nightingale and Strehlow took part in the first semifinal, taking on Burnham and Robinson of USC, as the Bruin duo was knocked off, 21-12, 21-9.

In the second semifinal, Norton and Reeves took care of USC's Fuller and Sary in straight sets, 21-17, 21-16.

In the third-place match, Nightingale and Strehlow fell to Fuller and Sary, 21-17, 21-18.

In the championship match, it would be another close score, but Burnham and Robinson prevailed over the Bruins' Norton and Reeves, 21-16, 21-19.

Fresh off its first-ever dual victory on Saturday against LMU, UCLA sand volleyball will have another first on Thursday at 1 p.m. as they host its first-ever home contest at the Annenberg Community Beach House in Santa Monica against fellow first-year program Nebraska.

UCLA, USC and LMU Bracket Tournament - March 17, 2013
First Round

Meg Norton - Kelly Reeves (UCLA1) def. Ashley Maxfeldt-Anne Marie Taylor (LMU5) 21-13, 21-9
Felicia Arriola-Litara Keil (LMU1) def. Sydney Seau-Alexa Stonish (USC5) 16-21, 21-17, 15-7
Zoë Nightingale - Becca Strehlow (UCLA2) def. Amber Mirabello-Hannah Tedrow (LMU3) 21-8, 18-21, 15-8
Brooke Fournier-Natasa Siljkovic (USC4) def. Avery Bush-Kenna Crouse (LMU2) 21-5, 21-9
Katie Fuller-Cinnamon Sary (USC2) def. Rachel Inouye - Maddy Klineman (UCLA5) 21-15, 21-11
Megan Moenoa - Bojana Todorovic (UCLA3) def. Taylor Scioscia-Rachelle Suaava (LMU4) 21-19, 21-19
Kirby Burnham-Stevi Robinson (USC1) def. Kati Duddridge-Sam Hirschmann (USC6) 21-8, 21-12
Eve Ettinger-Bria Russ (USC3) def. Karly Drolson - Karsta Lowe (UCLA4) 21-19, 21-13

Quarterfinals
Zoë Nightingale - Becca Strehlow (UCLA2) def. Brooke Fournier-Natasa Siljkovic (USC4) 19-21, 24-22, 15-12
Kirby Burnham-Stevi Robinson (USC1) def. Megan Moenoa - Bojana Todorovic (UCLA3) 21-16, 21-13
Meg Norton - Kelly Reeves (UCLA1) def. Eve Ettinger-Bria Russ (USC3) 21-23, 22-20, 19-17
Katie Fuller-Cinnamon Sary (USC2) def. Felicia Arriola-Litara Keil (LMU1) 23-21, 21-12

Semifinals
Kirby Burnham-Stevi Robinson (USC1) def. Zoë Nightingale - Becca Strehlow (UCLA2) 21-12, 21-9
Meg Norton - Kelly Reeves (UCLA1) def. Katie Fuller-Cinnamon Sary (USC2) 21-17, 21-16

Third Place
Katie Fuller-Cinnamon Sary (USC2) def. Zoë Nightingale - Becca Strehlow (UCLA2) 21-17, 21-18

Championship
Kirby Burnham-Stevi Robinson (USC1) def. Meg Norton - Kelly Reeves (UCLA1) 21-16, 21-19


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