Beach volleyball suffers seventh consecutive loss

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No. 20 TCU beach volleyball closed out the East-Meets-West Challenge at Manhattan Beach Pier with two dropped matches Sunday to two top-four teams: No. 2 USC Trojans and No. 4 UCLA Bruins.

The Horned Frogs, who are now 3-8 this season, had only one set victory on Sunday with Hannah Rogers and Claire Doyle’s win over UCLA’s Elise Zappia and Mac May (21-19, 17-21, 15-13).

The rest of the battles against the Bruins finished in two sets in favor of UCLA. TCU’s Jillian Bergeson and Jaelyn Greene were defeated by Megan McNamara and Nicole McNamara (21-11, 21-14). Molly Scheel and Jensyn Bledsoe fell to UCLA’s Lily Justine and Sara Sponcil (21-12, 21-17).

Cassie House and Haven Hill dropped the match against Zana Muno and Savvy Simo (21-11, 21-12), while Jordan Terral and Kristy Wieser lost to Izzy Carey and Megan Muret (21-16, 21-12).

Against USC, Abril Bustamante and Tina Graudina defeated Bergeson and Greene (21-15, 21-4). Terese Cannon and Sammy Slater beat House and Hill (21-14, 21-14). Meanwhile, Haley Hallgren and Joy Dennis pulled off a nail-biting victory over Scheel and Bledsoe (21-15, 22-20), and Jenna Belton and Jo Kremer were victorious over TCU’s Avery Arellano and Jordan Westendorff (21-16, 21-11).

The closest battle of the day for the Horned Frogs was when the combo of Rogers and Doyle fell to Alexandra Poletto and Katrina Kernochen (22-20, 13-21, 8-15).

The Horned Frogs will travel to Long Beach, California, March 15 to go up against No. 17 Loyola Marymount and No. 7 Long Beach. They’ll then head to San Luis Obispo, California, March 17 to face No. 6 Cal Poly and No. 10 Arizona.