Just a quick post on our non-revenue sports.
Freshman outside hitter Falyn Fonoimoana tied a season-high with 23 kills Friday as the No. 6 USC Women of Troy finished the 2010 regular season with a five-set win against the No. 9 UCLA Bruins (20-25, 25-21, 25-20, 20-25, 15-13) in Pac-10 Conference action at Pauley Pavilion. The Trojans registered a season-high 18 blocks against the Bruins as USC improved its record to 7-1 this season in five-set matches.
Junior All-American Alex Jupiter had another double-double for USC (25-4, 14-4) with 17 kills and 15 digs while junior setter Kendall Bateman posted 63 assists with seven digs and four blocks. Lauren Williams had 12 kills with seven blocks while freshman Alexis Olgard had eight kills and added a season-high nine blocks for the Trojans.
Bojana Todorovic led UCLA (21-8, 11-7) with 21 kills and 12 digs while hitting .366 as setter Lauren Van Orden had 63 assists with 10 digs and three blocks. Dicey McGraw had 19 kills, but hit .185 in her final home match.
The 28 digs by UCLA libero Lainey Gera and 27 digs by USC libero Natalie Hagglund was another indicator of how even the match was between both teams.
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The USC women's basketball team had the game slip away in the final seconds as the Trojans took a 60-59 loss to Princeton tonight in Nashville, Tenn. Playing in the Vanderbilt Thanksgiving Tournament, USC had to continuously fight off attacks from the Tigers, and ultimately ran out of fight in the late goings. Missed late free throws by the Trojans were answered by a pair of makes by Princeton to take back the lead for the first time since the first half with five ticks to go. USC was unable to respond to steal back the win, and took the tight loss to move into the consolation game on Sunday (Nov. 28) against Quinnipiac. USC is now 3-2 overall, and Princeton goes to 3-1.
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The No. 2 seeded USC men's water polo team put the silencer on No. 7 UC Santa Barbara through the first 26 minutes of play on the way to tacking up a 10-2 win over the Gauchos in the first round of the MPSF Tournament. That win earns the Trojans a semifinal slot tomorrow, as USC faces No. 3 seed UCLA in the semis at 3 p.m. on Saturday at Stanford's Avery Aquatic Center. USC carries a 24-2 overall record into the semifinals as the Trojans are aiming to claim their seventh MPSF championship.