With the volleyball team playing road games this week, the Galen Center got to host a rather different event: The League of Legends World Championships. The developers of the hit PC video game held an international tournament at L.A. Live over the past nine days, and on Saturday, the final took place at USC between the Azubu Frost from South Korea and the Taipei Assassins from Taiwan. Taipei was one of the underdogs going into the tournament, but after dropping the first game to Azubu, they came back and won the best-of-5 series 3-1 to take home the $1,000,000 grand prize, the largest in competitive gaming.
Now the news.
Women’s Volleyball: USC still remains one of the top teams in women’s college volleyball, but they still have some work to do if they want to prevail over the best in the sport and win the national championship. They got swept by a top-10 team for the third time in a row, this time at the hands of #4 Stanford. The Cardinal got a combined 59 digs in the game and held USC to a .085 hitting percentage, a season low. Stanford also stopped SC’s starting outside hitters, Samantha Bricio and Katie Fuller, and held them to negative hitting percentages. Sara Shaw came off the bench and tried to stem the tide with 13 kills, but her effort was in vain.
The Women of Troy bounced back two days later with a road sweep against Cal, in which Fuller and Bricio got back in form with double-double performances and a combined 24 kills. Sophomore Hayley Crone also got a defensive double-double with 39 assists and 10 digs. USC is now 17-3 (5-3), and will return home for four games, starting with Utah and Colorado this weekend.
Men’s Water Polo: The Trojans got off to a uncharacteristically rough start against LMU, but came back to defeat the Lions 13-6. In the first period, USC was held scoreless by LMU and found themselves in a 1-0 deficit. But in the second period, they woke up and knocked in five goals while holding LMU scoreless to take a 5-1 lead at halftime. From there, USC would not look back. Nikola Vavic led the scoring with a hat trick, and Ely Bonilla made 9 saves in the cage. USC is now 16-0 and will next play a road game against Long Beach State on Friday.
Women’s Soccer: The woes continue for Trojan Futbol, as USC received its most lopsided defeat on Friday when they lost 4-0 to Washington State. With the loss, USC ends its five game road series without a victory and a record of 4-7-3 (1-3-2). The Women of Troy will try to recover in the final five games of the season, which will all be at home including a game against Stanford at the Coliseum. Next up, Utah and Colorado on Friday and Sunday.
Women’s Cross Country: The WCC team competed against UC Riverside, UC Irvine, and Wyoming in the 2012 Highlander Invitational and came in second place. All seven of USC’s runners finished in the top 25, and three finished in the top-10. Erica Capellino was once again the top finisher on the team, coming in fourth with a time of 13:52.2. Teammates Shelby Buckley and Jenna Tong came in sixth and ninth, respectively. Next week, USC will send a limited squad to compete in the Titan Invitational on Friday, and on Saturday, October 27, the entire team will head to Santa Clarita to compete in the 2012 Pac-12 Championships.
Women’s Swimming and Diving: Finally, the women’s swim team began their season with a 165-88 win over Utah. Three USC swimmers notched two wins in the meet: freshman Jasmine Tosky won in the 200y butterfly (2:00.21) and the 100y freestyle (50.71); freshman Kendyl Stewart won the 100y (55.41) and 200y backstroke (1:59.41); and junior Meghan Hawthorne won the 200y freestyle (1:48.88) and the 400y individual medley (4:13.60). Senior Haley Anderson won the 1000y freestyle in a time of 9:49.60. It is her first competitive race since winning the silver medal in the 10 KM swim at the London Olympics. USC has a dual meet against San Diego on Friday.
That’s all the non-rev news. USC is #10 in the first BCS rankings. It’s really no big deal, but after two years of bowl bans, it still puts a smile on my face.