Quality Win Collection

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No. 5 USC men's volleyball is now 5-0 with three Top 12 wins after beating No. 3 UC Irvine in five sets Saturday night. The Trojans' most dramatic victory of the young season came courtesy of a diverse offensive attack featuring three players with double-digit kills centered around remarkably efficient middle blocker Robert Feathers.

Feathers, who clinched the match by combining with setter Micah Christenson to stuff the final Anteaters attack, had only 1 hitting error on 17 attempts. He hit a match-high .647 with 12 kills.

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USC is riding a tidal wave of momentum and confidence into its two-match home stand coming up next week against Long Beach State (Wednesday at 7 p.m.) and Cal State Northridge (Friday at 7 p.m.).

Here are captains Chris Lischke and Christenson breaking down the match:

3-Points: Oregon 75, USC 67

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The Trojans mount a 15-point comeback but ultimately fall to the Ducks in Eugene.

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Finding the Fight

Before the first TV timeout, the Trojans had already burned two timeouts and were trailing 16-2.  They went into halftime in a 44-31 hole looking like a team on the brink of getting blown out. However, USC burst out of the tunnel with effort and energy holding Oregon to 6/25 shooting in the second half and just 1/7 from three led by Julian Jacobs (16 points) who clamped down on the Ducks' leading scorer Joseph Young (6/20 shooting). Head coach Andy Enfield was proud of his guys for "playing their hearts out," but after Trojans evened the score at 61-61, they unraveled in the final five minutes.

In and Out

Freshman PG Jordan McLaughlin (14 points) settled the Trojans in the first half, and sophomore SG Katin Reinhardt (16 points) keyed the second half streak, but they ended up combining to shoot 9/31 from the field. And when the game was on the line, "For five minutes, we just couldn't put the ball in the basket," said Enfield about his entire team. USC shot 37.3% from the field for the game.

End Game Anxiety

The Trojans are now 1-5 in Pac-12 play with a tough game ahead at Oregon State (Saturday at 3 p.m. on Pac-12 Networks). Tonight, they proved that they have the competitive spirit to win conference games on the road, but they also showed their youth making poor decisions down the stretch. Tied 61-61, USC committed back-to-back unforced errors before going ice cold. On the other end, Oregon showed what it takes to salt away a victory making 18/23 free throws in the second half.

Here are the SnappyTV highlights:

Ready for the Big Time

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The NCAA has announced that women's sand volleyball will officially become its 90th championship sport starting in 2016, and the Women of Troy are set to be a dominant program on the beach. Going into its final season competing for an AVCA (American Volleyball Coaches Association) title, USC women's sand volleyball is ranked No. 3 in the nation, according to the first ever DiG Magazine preseasonpoll.

"As a member of the AVCA sand committee, we have been working diligently to move forward and have sand volleyball become an NCAA championship," said USC head coach Anna Collier (pictured). "With the NCAA's announcement this week, it's validation, and a proud moment as everything we've worked so hard for--as individual staffs out there, and as part of this committee--has come to fruition. At USC, we are so proud to be a part of the immense growth of the sport and are looking forward to competing for that NCAA title in 2016."

Click here for more on the official NCAA announcement.

Under Collier, USC boasts back-to-back AVCA national pairs titles. Despite the graduation of Kirby Burnham, who featured on both national championship winning teams, the Women of Troy return All-American sophomore Sara Hughes.

Going into the 2015 season, which begins March 12, USC sits behind No. 1 Pepperdine and No. 2 Florida State.


Time to Climb

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USC men's basketball is off to a 1-4 start in Pac-12 play, but the Trojans can make up some serious ground in the bunched conference standings if they can find their legs on the road this weekend. USC plays at Oregon (tonight at 8 p.m. on Pac-12 Networks) and at Oregon State (Saturday at 3 p.m. on Pac-12 Networks) after a week of practice since its last game.

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The Trojans could use a sweet shooting week from Katin Reinhardt who made 5/11 from three-point range on the recent three-game home stand. Here is the weekend preview graphic...


Stay Hot

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No. 5 USC men's volleyball puts its undefeated record on the line at UC San Diego (Thursday at 7 p.m.) and No. 3 UC Irvine (Friday at 7 p.m.) this weekend.  The Trojans have already banked wins over No. 2 Pepperdine and No. 12 Stanford, but life on the road is always tricky in conference.

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Feeling good about his squad, head coach Bill Ferguson sat down with our David Foley for his weekly recap and preview.

Kessler Past and Future

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USC QB Cody Kessler has been nominated for the LA Sports Awards Greatest Moments of 2014 thanks to his seven touchdown passes against Colorado and six more in the win over Notre Dame.

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Kessler finished the season with 39 touchdown passes and only 5 interceptions setting off some Heisman hype heading into his senior year.  Sports Illustrated listed Kessler at No. 9 in its "Way-Too-Early" 2015 Heisman Watch List.


Strong Hires

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All-American defensive end Kenechi Udeze is coming back to USC, where he helped the Trojans win a national championship, as an assistant strength and conditioning coach. Udeze, who served a similar role for Steve Sarkisian at the University of Washington (2009-11), is one of two new additions to the strength staff joining Nu'u Tafisi, who has worked at Boise State and Utah after an NFL playing career.

Udeze was a dominant force for the Trojans in 2003 leading the nation in sacks. He holds school records in forced fumbles for a career (14) and single season (6 in 2002).

The former Minnesota Vikings first round draft pick had his NFL career cut short due to a battle with Leukemia. He has spent the last three years with the Seattle Seahawks (coaching intern in 2012), Vikings (coaching fellow in 2013) and University of Pittsburgh (assistant strength coach in 2014).

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Emphatic Start for WWP

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The No. 3 USC women's water polo team opened the 2015 season in dominating fashion this weekend, defeating CSU Bakersfield and Cal Baptist by a combined 57-8. Senior Monica Vavic, one of three returning All-Americans for the Trojans, scored a total of 14 goals in Saturday's games.

The Trojan squad features plenty of fresh faces as 14 newcomers look to contribute to the 2015 campaign. Seven of those rookies logged their first career goals in this weekend's action and freshman goalie Victória Chamorro played her first minutes in goal for the Women of Troy.

In Saturday's first game at the UCLA Invitational, six different Trojan players scored goals in the 33-5 victory over CSU Bakersfield. USC was led by Vavic with eight goals, and sisters Ioanna and Stephania Haralabidis with five apiece. Just minutes after the first game, USC took down Cal Baptist 24-3, scoring 16 unanswered goals to start the game. Eleven different Trojans scored in the second win, including five freshmen.

Vavic was named MPSF Player of the Week after her impressive season-opening outing. The senior All-American's eight goals against Bakersfield were a career-high, and she contributed eight assists and seven steals across both wins. Vavic, a member of the 2013 national championship-winning Trojan team, is looking to lead this year's squad back to the title game after finishing third in 2014.

The Women of Troy will next play in the Triton Invitational from February 7-8 in La Jolla. USC begins conference play on March 8 at the Uytengsu Aquatics Center against Stanford.


Photo Gallery: MVB's Resounding Start

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No. 5 USC men's volleyball doubled down on its home opening weekend of success by sweeping No. 12 Stanford after knocking off No. 2 Pepperdine three days earlier. 

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Now 3-0 on the season, the Trojans were given a big boost by highly touted freshman Larry Tuileta in his first career start who tied the team-high with nine kills in the match. The Hawaiian phenom spent the fall as a backup quarterback and now joins the men's volleyball program with the season just barely in progress.

Here are the John McGillen photos from the win over the Cardinal:

Tennis Success at All Levels

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USC men's tennis continues to dominate the sport's landscape on several different levels.

From a team standpoint, the Trojans picked up their first dual match win of the season besting UC Riverside 6-1. No. 1 USC played without a couple top guns including senior Roberto Quiroz who won the singles title at the Sherwood Collegiate Cup.

And at the sport's highest level, Steve Johnson, the program's most decorated player, won his first round encounter at the Australian Open in straight sets over Kyle Edmund. Now at No. 38 in the world, he will take on No. 30 Santiago Giraldo in round two of the season's first major.