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America's Best

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Written by Sarah Bergstrom, USC blog contributor

Former USC men's volleyball All-Americans Micah Christenson and Murphy Troy return home to Galen Center this weekend as members of the U.S. National Men's Volleyball Team. The Americans will play Iran on Saturday at 7 p.m. PT and Sunday at 4 p.m. PT to open the 2015 FIVB World League.

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Time of Their Lives

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When Pat Haden took over as athletic director, he spoke often about wanting the student-athletes to enjoy the whole breadth of the USC experience. While we often get caught up in the results, two exemplary women's tennis players, Zoe Scandalis and Sabrina Santamaria, emphasized the power of the journey over the destination while summing up their careers on Instagram.

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Here is what Scandalis had to say after the Women of Troy's 2015 run ended in the Final Four:


Bonne Chance

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USC men's tennis legend Steve Johnson was the talk of Paris on Sunday, winning an epic five-set match to highlight day one of the French Open. Ranked No. 56 in the world, the 25-year-old American took out No. 26 Guillermo Garcia-Lopez 6-3, 6-3, 6-7 (1), 3-6, 6-3.

Johnson advances to play Sergiy Stakhovsky of Ukraine in the second round on Wednesday.

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Photo Gallery: Baseball Senior Salute

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USC baseball's senior class will always have a place in program lore as the group that led the Trojans back to prominence. The Class of 2015 featuring catcher Garrett Stubbs, infielder Dante Flores, infielder Angelo La Bruna and outfielder Omar Cotto Lozada was celebrated before the regular season finale, a 6-3 win over Arizona State.

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Now, the Trojans eye bigger goals as the No. 2 seed in the Lake Elsinore Regional hosted by UC Santa Barbara. They will get the postseason underway on Friday at 3 p.m. against No. 3 Virginia.

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Here are John McGillen's photos from the regular season-ending win over the Sun Devils and the senior salute:


Golf Gauntlet

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In any other year, USC women's golf would already be celebrating the program's fourth national championship, having bested the field over 72 holes of stroke play at the NCAA Championships in Bradenton, Florida. However, starting now, stroke play simply narrows the teams down to the best eight and match play will decide the national champion.

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The Women of Troy earned the No. 1 seed in the NCAA quarterfinals thanks to their stroke play domination, but they were forced to gut out a grueling dual match with Washington this morning. The Huskies put USC in an 0-2 hole before Karen Chung (3&1), Annie Park (1up) and Gabriella Then (2&1) climbed out of it with tight victories.

The Trojans will now face another Pac-12 foe in No. 4 Stanford (11:20 a.m. PT today) for a spot in the NCAA title match. The action is being carried LIVE on Golf Channel (starting at 12:30 p.m. PT) or follow @USCWomensGolf on Twitter.

Park needed all 18 holes to pick up a valuable point this morning.
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Regional Return

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Written by Sarah Bergstrom, USC blog contributor

For the first time since 2005, USC baseball is returning to the NCAA tournament. Announced by the NCAA College World Series selection committee on Monday, the No. 15 Trojans will be the No. 2 seed in the UC Santa Barbara Regional that will be played in Lake Elsinore Friday, May 29 through Monday, June 1. The regional includes No. 1 seed UC Santa Barbara, No. 3 seed Virginia and No. 4 seed San Diego State.

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"This is where we're supposed to be," head coach Dan Hubbs said of the team's postseason position. "We're not in it just to be in. We're in it to win this thing, and I think that when we play our best games no one can beat us."

USC, which finished the regular season 37-19 overall and 18-12 in conference play, will face No. 3 Virginia at 3 p.m. PT on Friday at Storm Stadium. Click here to purchase tickets.

Here is the team's reaction to its regional selection with senior captain Garrett Stubbs, junior pitcher Kyle Davis and sophomore catcher/first baseman Jeremy Martinez.


Tee Time Approaching

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No. 1 USC women's golf begins its quest for the program's fourth national championship, all under current head coach Andrea Gaston (pictured), on Friday at the Concessions C.C. in Bradenton, Fla. The Women of Troy sport a national-best streak of nine consecutive NCAA top 5 finishes.

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However, the format is different this year. The 24 teams will compete in 54 holes of stroke play, the top 15 advancing to a final round (May 22-25), where the individual winner will be determined as well. The top eight teams after 72 holes will be seeded into a match-play format. Quarterfinals and semifinals will be held on May 26 and the final will be May 27.

Gaston already announced the team's lineup: Junior Annie Park, junior Kyung Kim, sophomore Gabriella Then, sophomore Karen Chung and freshman Amy Lee. Park and Kim were part of the 2013 national championship team.

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The First of Many

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USC women's lacrosse sophomore Michaela Michael was named the first All-American in program history after leading the Women of Troy to their first ever NCAA Tournament appearance and victory this season.

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Michael picked up third team honors as USC's top attacking talent. She paced the team with 63 goals (school record) to go along with 123 draw controls and 13 assists.

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Pac-12 Honors Track's Rise

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USC track & field has made speedy progress under second-year head coach Caryl Smith Gilbert, and the conference took notice, recognizing the program's Director of Track & Field as the Pac-12 Men's and Women's Coach of the Year.

USC_TRACK_UCLA_Dual_Meet_050315DSC_0929.jpgSmith Gilbert led both teams to second place finishes in the conference thanks in large part on the men's side to junior sprinter Andre De Grasse, who was named the Pac-12 Men's Track Athlete of the Year, and hurdler Marquis Morris, the Pac-12 Men's Freshman of the Year.

De Grasse was the showstopper at the Pac-12 Championships, winning the Pac-12 Men's Track Athlete of the Meet for his victories in the 100m (9.97), 200m (20.05) and the 4x100m relay (39.17 as a foursome). Morris took home the 110m HH crown in a blazing 13.95, one of only two conference freshmen to win a men's event this year.

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USC won four of the conference's eight postseason awards after grabbing 13 event titles at the Pac-12 Championships, more than any other school. The women's team won seven event titles and scored 182 points, the most ever for a second place team. The men's team won six events and finished with 121 points, the most by a second-place team since the 2010 season.

With more hardware in tow, the Trojans are now off to the NCAA West Preliminary Rounds in Austin, Texas (May 28-30) in hopes of qualifying as many athletes as possible for the NCAA Championships in Eugene, Oregon (June 10-13).

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The Rebuilders

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No. 15 USC baseball is entering the home stretch of its regular season, playing its final series against No. 16 Arizona State at Dedeaux Field this weekend. The Trojans have dropped four of their last seven games, and are focused on finishing strong in conference play in order to clinch hosting rights for the College World Series regional.

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USC is aiming to compete in postseason play for the first time since 2005. To earn that opportunity, the Trojans need to perform well against a Sun Devil team that sits just in front of USC in the Pac-12 standings. Both teams are batting .294 on the year and are looking to position themselves well for the CWS selection committee.

Sunday's game will celebrate Dante Flores, Omar Cotto Lozada, Angelo La Bruna and Garrett Stubbs, four Trojan seniors who patiently saw the program through several frustrating years, and now get to enjoy the team's success in their final seasons. In Stubbs and Flores' first seasons at USC, the team finished with a 23-32 overall record and a 7-21 performance in Pac-12 play. The two seniors have led the Trojan turnaround from opposite ends of the diamond this year, ranking second and third overall on the team in batting average (.335 and .312 respectively) and hitting five home runs combined.


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