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USC Non-Revenue Update -- 10/2

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No anecdotes this week. Let’s get right into the news.

Men’s Water Polo: After five games over three days, USC is still undefeated. On Friday, the Trojans rolled over Princeton in an MPSF matchup by a score of 22-5, and then headed up to UCSB to take part in the 2012 SoCal tournament. The Trojans blew through St. Francis N.Y., Pacific, and UC Irvine to reach the finals, where they expected to face UCLA once again. Instead, the host team upset the Bruins in the semis, resulting in a USC vs. UCSB final. The Trojans made short work of the Gauchos with a 14-5 victory that gave USC a 14-0 record. Over the weekend, top scorer Nikola Vavic knocked in 16 goals in the five game stretch, including a whopping six in the match against UCSB. Vavic now has 133 career goals, good for 14th in the school’s all-time scoring list. And the best part? He is a junior.

With preseason tournaments now completed, USC should have locked up a spot in the NCAA championship semifinals barring a complete collapse during conference play. The Trojans won 11 of their 14 preseason games by five goals or more. The other three victories were one-goal nailbiters against UCLA, Cal, and Stanford. On Saturday, USC will head up to Palo Alto to face Stanford for the second time this season in an MPSF match.

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Women's Volleyball: With five teams ranked in the top 10 of the AVCA poll, the Pac-12 is without a doubt the toughest conference in women's volleyball, and the Women of Troy learned that the hard way this weekend. After losing in straight sets to Oregon the week before, USC fell again in a sweeper to Washington, a top-10 team that also toppled UCLA this weekend and is now 15-0. USC kept up with the Huskies in many statistical categories and prevented Washington from building a massive lead the way Oregon did last week, but poor communication and serving technique resulted in the Women of Troy simply giving away too many points. USC made 12 service errors in the match and allowed Washington to rack up eight aces.

On Sunday, USC began to pick up the pieces when they earned a sweep of their own against the Washington State Cougars. It is USC's sixth consecutive victory over the Cougars, with Samantha Bricio leading the score count with 15 kills. USC now has a record of 14-2 (2-2) and is ranked #5 in the newest AVCA poll. This weekend, USC will come back to the Galen Center to face Arizona and ASU. During the two home games, USC will also raise banners to honor Trojan volleyball greats Nicole Davis, Jennifer Kessy, and April Ross, who all won silver medals at the London Olympics.

Women's Soccer: Trojan Futbol suffered a difficult weekend in the desert, as they found themselves in two overtime struggles against the Wildcats and Sun Devils. On Friday, they took on ASU in a offense-heavy game. Haley Boysen of USC scored first with a firecracker shot from long distance in the 22nd minute, but ASU's Cali Farquharson responded with two quick goals to give the Sun Devils a 2-1 lead. Then, in the 31st minute, controversy struck when USC's Katie Johnson fired a shot that hit the underside of the crossbar before being recovered by the ASU goalkeeper. Replays on the Pac-12 network showed that the ball bounced pass the goal line before being recovered, but the refs did not count the goal.

Later, in the second half, ASU scored another goal to make it 3-1, but SC sophomore Alex Quincey knocked in back-to-back goals to make it level again. Then, in the last ten minutes, the two teams traded goals to make it 4-4, but USC junior Autumn Altamirano, who scored the fourth goal for SC, received two yellow cards and was ejected in the final minute of regulation. In the first half of overtime, things got even worse for USC when team captain Samantha Johnson got a red card, which led to head coach Ali Khosroshahin getting a red as well after a heated argument with the refs. With a two man advantage, ASU freshman Tommi Goodman slammed the door shut with a golden goal in the 100th minute, forcing USC to leave Tempe with nothing but frustration.

On Sunday, USC was forced to face the Arizona Wildcats in triple degree heat, and due to NCAA rules, Altamirano and Johnson would be forced to sit the game out due to their ejections in the previous game. As a result, the USC starting XI was dominated by freshmen, as newcomer Whitney Pitalo scored her second career goal as a Trojan in the 37th minute. But with two minutes remaining in regulation, a USC foul allowed Arizona to launch a free kick that would result in a goal after a scramble in the penalty box. Again, the Trojans headed into overtime, where once again they controlled possession for much of the period but were unable to score. USC settled for a 1-1 draw, bringing their record to 4-5-2 (1-1-1). USC will head north for cooler temperatures this weekend, when they face the Ducks and Beavers in Oregon.

Women's Cross Country: Finally, the red-hot cross-country team faced their biggest test yet at the highly competitive Stanford Invitational, 6K race, where they competed against 28 other teams and finished in 8th place with 249 points. Erica Capellino once again set the team's best time, finishing in 26th place out of 292 with a time of 21:43. Redshirt senior came in second on the team, finishing seven seconds behind Capellino. Stanford won the event, landing four of their runners in the top five. USC will next compete in the Highlander Invitational in Riverside one week from Saturday.

And that's it. Enjoy the 2012 edition of the "Thursday Trojan Trap Game Extrrrrrrravaganza."

FIGHT ON!!!

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