During Saturday's game against Cal, several past and present Trojans were honored on the field. Steve Johnson and the 2012 national champion Men's Tennis team were introduced to roaring applause as a clip of the title-winning point was played on the titantron.
Another guest of honor was Hal Bedsole, an All-American tight end on USC's national championship team from 1962. Bedsole was the first receiver in USC history to have a 200-yard receiving game, which he did 50 years ago against Cal. This year, he will become the 39th Trojan to be inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame.
Finally, current senior and student assistant coach Frankie Telfort was honored for his dedication to the team. Telfort was a linebacker recruited by Pete Carroll in 2009, but before he could play in the Coliseum for the first time, was forced to end his football career after he was diagnosed with a serious genetic heart condition. He decided to stay at USC and stayed on full scholarship, becoming an assistant coach under both Carroll and Kiffin. This past summer, he traveled to Japan to teach football at schools in Tokyo. Telfort and his family were honored on the field, and he was presented with his #43 linebacker jersey.
Now the news...
Women's Volleyball: The Women of Troy began Pac-12 play with a huge win and a tough loss. Last week, they defeated #1 UCLA in four sets at the Galen Center. With loud student sections from both schools in attendance, USC took the first two sets, including a 28-26 nailbiter in the opening set. They came close to sweeping the Bruins, but UCLA's senior OH Rachael Kidder denied the Women of Troy and led UCLA to a 26-24 win. But in the fourth set, outside hitters Katie Fuller and Samantha Bricio knocked down kill after kill, building a lead that grew to eight points and stayed there to give USC the victory in the first crosstown rivalry game of the 2012-13 season. Fuller made a career-record-tying 22 kills while Bricio made 19 kills.
USC was now the virtual #1 team in the nation, but two days later, their momentum was brought to a screeching halt by #8 Oregon, who defeated the Women of Troy in straight sets. USC looked completely outmatched throughout, only making 32 total kills and clocking in a .189 hitting percentage, compared to .357 for the Ducks. Fuller and Bricio were neutralized by Oregon's strong front line and could only make a combined 16 kills. By comparison, Oregon had three players with kill counts in the double digits, with senior OH Alaina Bergsma leading the way with 18.
With their first loss of the season, USC fell to #3 on the AVCA poll while Oregon leapfrogged them for the #2 spot. UCLA fell to #4, while Penn State became the new top-ranked team. USC will attempt to rebound as they head northwest this weekend to face Washington on Friday and Washington State on Sunday. Both games will be on the Pac-12 network.
Women's Soccer: Trojan Futbol got off to a good start in Pac-12 play with a 1-0 home victory in OT against Washington. As has been the case in many games this season, USC made far more shots on goal than their opponent, but had difficulty capitalizing on the opportunities, with 17 shots failing to hit the back of the net in regulation. In overtime, the SC back line stopped an early flurry of offense from the Huskies, and in the 100th minute, a throw-in that landed inside Washington's box gave USC an opportunity that senior Samantha Johnson seized upon, scoring the golden goal that gave USC its fourth victory of the season. Johnson now has four goals this year and 14 in her career.
USC, now 4-4-1, will now begin a series of five road games, starting with matches against Arizona and ASU this weekend.
Men's Water Polo: Finally, in a match broadcast on ESPNU, USC came back from a two goal deficit to win their MPSF opener against Cal. The Bears pulled away quickly, scoring five goals in the first half, but USC held on and cut the lead to one with a sliding shot just before halftime to make the score 5-4. In the third quarter, sophomore Kostas Genidounias tied up the game with a spin shot, and USC put up a stingy defense that took the ball away from Cal seven times in the quarter.
In the fourth, the teams traded goals to make the game a 6-6 tie with two minutes to play. Following a timeout, USC drew an exclusion foul against Cal, allowing Nikola Vavic to score the game-winning goal with a man advantage. Cal attempted to force overtime in the final seconds of the game, but goalkeeper James Clark stood tall and made his ninth save of the game, securing the victory for the Trojans and giving Jovan Vavic his 400th career win as coach of the men's team. USC will play Princeton this Friday at home before heading to Santa Barbara on Saturday to take part in the SoCal Tournament.
That's all the news for now, and I must say, SB Nation United looks niiiiiice.