Tour Of Troy: USC Is A Water Polo School

Daily Trojan

Men's water polo begins their quest for a sixth straight NCAA title as the Kiffin controversy reaches a fever pitch.

While we're on the topic of Lane Kiffin's lack of offensive production, maybe it will help Trojans fans recover from the loss to Wazzu if we remind them that there is another team on campus overflowing with offensive production. A team that has scored 90 goals in four games over two days. A team that is attempting to win a sixth consecutive NCAA title.

That, of course, is the men's water polo team, which kicked off the 2013 season at the Triton Invitational at UCSD. The Trojans defeated Cal Baptist, Loyola Marymount, Air Force, and Redlands over the weekend by a combined score of 90-17. Nikola Vavic, hot off winning the National Player Of The Year award last season, led the team in scoring with 14 goals. At least 11 different players scored at least one goal in each game. Senior goalkeeper James Clark made 21 saves in the series.

This weekend, the team will travel to Pomona for the Inland Empire Classic, where they will face Pomona-Pitzer, UCSD, Claremont, and Whittier. If USC sweeps, they will have won 39 games in a row going back to 2011. The home opener will be on September 28 at the new Uytengsu Aquatics Center in a doubleheader against Princeton and Whittier.

Meanwhile, in Minnesota, the women's soccer team took on two SEC teams that brought their hot start to a halt. First, they faced Ole Miss on Friday in a match where the Women of Troy got most of the scoring opportunities. But despite outshooting the Rebels 14-5, the game ended in a 1-1 draw after freshman Kayla Mills scored her third goal in the season in the 62nd minute, followed by Ole Miss' Rafelle Souza just three minutes later. USC then forced three saves out of the Rebs goalkeeper in overtime to end the game in a tie.

On Sunday, LSU faced the Women of Troy and handed them their first defeat in an ugly, card-filled match. In the 27th minute, senior Jordan Mirada was handed a red card after she committed a foul away from the ball just before an LSU goal kick. Then, in the 65th minute, goalkeeper Caroline Stanley took down LSU defender Addie Eggleston, giving the Tigers a penalty kick that was buried for the lone goal of the game.

The draw and defeat on the road brought USC down to #23 in the national rankings. They will try to rebound with two home games this weekend against Pepperdine and LMU. The Pepperdine game will be broadcast this Friday at 2:30 on the Pac-12 Network.

Women's Volleyball rounds out the non-revenue news as they finished the weekend as the top-ranked team in the nation. On Friday, they defeated TCU in four sets and Marquette in three, followed by a four-set victory over Northern Illinois on Saturday. Samantha Bricio was the star of the week for the team, posting SC's first double-double of the season with 16 kills and 15 digs against TCU and averaging 4.95 points per set over the weekend. It is the third time in the last four years USC has gotten off to a 6-0 start, but on Friday their hot start will be put to the test on the road against #9 San Diego. 

Now let's end this non-rev update with a funny pic.

Fight On!

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