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Let's start things off this week with an anecdote.
On the way to one of my classes, I saw a group of athletes, at least one of them a football player, coming out of the P.E. building. An elderly black man drove by and offered to give them a ride to the Lyon Center in his golf cart. The football player responded, "Oh, no no no no. We're not going through THAT again!"
In news that doesn't bring back memories of an annoying student-agent, the Jeweled Shillelagh has finally arrived on display in Heritage Hall, and it now featured another ruby-studded Trojan head with the numbers "31-17" inscribed on it. Good to see that back.
On to the news...
WOMEN'S VOLLEYBALL: The #4 Women of Troy have overcome another hurdle en route to a potential showdown with UCLA for the Pac-12 title. This past weekend, they defeated Washington State 25-21, 25-8, 25-16 and then defeated #10 Washington 25-15, 25-16, 25-21. USC has now improved to a record of 20-4 (15-2). Senior Lauren Williams was named the Pac-12 offensive player of the week with 20 kills and six blocks in the two games. With five games left in the regular season, the Trojans go on the road to Oregon to face the Ducks and Beavers this weekend.
MEN'S WATER POLO: It was another good weekend for #2 USC as they beat Pepperdine 14-8 and Chapman 17-6. Sophomore Nikola Vavic (graduate of Loyola High School, my alma mater ;) led the scoring with eight goals over the two games. For seniors Joel Dennerley and Peter Kurzeka, this weekend marked their 100th victory with the Trojans, and if USC can win the national championship this year, then the seniors will have enjoyed a championship in every year they have been playing at SC. College athletic careers don't get much more successful than that! The Trojans play their final home game of the season against Concordia on Saturday.
WOMEN'S SOCCER: It was a wet and brutal end to the season for USC last Friday, when they were defeated handily by UCLA by a score of 5-2. Samantha Johnson and Kristina Noriega made goals in the second half, but it wasn't enough as UCLA was able to use its swift front line to make open-field opportunities, keep up with the high speed of the ball caused by the rain-soaked pitch, and put the game away early by scoring three goals in the first half. USC finishes with a record of 7-13 and finishes 9th in the Pac-12 with a record of 4-7.
MEN'S GOLF: Last week was a big week for the USC golf team, as they won the Gifford Collegiate by four strokes over UCLA. Senior Steve Lim also won the individual title at the event, and it was the first in his college career. Lim finished at -11 and scored under 70 in all three rounds, and his individual performance earned him player of the week honors from Golfweek.com, which also gave USC team of the week honors as well. This is the golf team's last event until February.
TENNIS: This was a big weekend for the Trojans in doubles tennis. On the men's side, sophomore Emilio Gomez and freshman Yannick Hanfmann won the doubles tournament at the Southern California Intercollegiate Championships in Westwood. On the women's side, Kaitlyn Christian and Sabrina Santamaria won the doubles title at the ITA Indoor Championships in Flushing, NY. They are the first USC doubles team of either gender to win at this tournament.
In non-athletic news, the Libyan National Transitional Council voted Abdurrhim El-Keib as the interim prime minister of Libya following the fall of Muammar Gaddafi. Keib earned a master's degree in electrical engineering at USC Viterbi School of Engineering in 1976. Best of luck, Keib. You're gonna need it...