Five Alive

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No. 10 USC women's rowing defended the Jessop-Whittier Cup at the San Diego Crew Classic, earning the prestigious trophy for the fifth consecutive year.  The Trojans have won all three competitions that they have entered this season.

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The Women of Troy paced the field which included Texas and No. 11 UCLA. The Trojans will battle the Bruins once again on April 11 for the BMW Crosstown Cup points.

Enjoying Life at the Top

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USC women's tennis consolidated its No. 1 ranking by dominating Oregon 6-1 and Washington 7-0 to remain undefeated in Pac-12 play at 5-0. The Women of Troy have now won six straight dual matches.

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USC will finish up its conference road slate this weekend at Arizona and Arizona State. The Women of Troy close the regular season with home matches against Utah (April 10), Colorado (April 11) and UCLA (April 16).

Senior Gabriella DeSimone returned to the singles lineup and picked up a pair of wins.

Five-Set Fun

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Written by Sarah Bergstrom, USC blog contributor

No. 9 USC men's volleyball defeated crosstown rival No. 12 UCLA on Saturday for its third consecutive five-set victory, securing a spot in the upcoming MPSF Tournament.

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Andy Benesh and Larry Tuileta had 13 kills apiece in the comeback, propelling the Trojans to victory after the team lost two of the first three sets. Tuileta also had 12 digs to go with Micah Christenson's 19, allowing USC to outlast the Bruins despite being out-hit and out-blocked in the match.

The Trojans have five more matches to play before the MPSF Tournament begins on April 25. First up, USC takes on Pepperdine on Thursday in Malibu at 7 p.m. PT. On Saturday, the Trojans square off against Stanford in Palo Alto at 7:30 p.m. PT (Pac-12 Networks).

Here is the rapid reaction and highlights from Saturday's win with Christenson senior Chris Lischke...

Stahel's Series

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Written by Sarah Bergstrom, USC blog contributor

Redshirt junior Bobby Stahel shined for the No. 8 USC baseball team this weekend in Seattle, helping the Trojans clinch their second Pac-12 series of the season. The outfielder had eight hits, two runs and two RBIs in 16 at-bats against the Huskies including the first run in the Trojans' 16-inning victory on Saturday and the game-winning home run in the 10th inning to seal the deal on Sunday.

Click here for a complete recap and full stats from Saturday's record-setting victory and Sunday's thrilling win.

The Trojans dropped the first game of the series, 5-1, on Friday, but were determined not to let the rest of the weekend play out in the same manner. On Saturday, after a 15-inning drought, USC scored three runs in the top of the 16th which allowed them to ultimately claim a 3-2 victory in the longest recorded game since USC baseball records started being kept in 1921. Stahel scored the first run off of a single by sophomore Corey Dempster and two batters later, a Timmy Robinson single plated two more runs to round out the Trojans' scoring for the day.

Click here to watch a recap from the lengthy battle on Saturday.

On Sunday, the Trojans and Huskies traded the lead back and forth before Stahel drilled his first collegiate home run over the left field fence in the 10th inning to give his team the lead once and for all. Redshirt freshman righty Alex Chavarria entered the game in the bottom of the inning to ensure the victory for the Trojans and earn his second save in two days.

USC is now 22-6 on the season and 4-2 in conference play, winning both of their Pac-12 series against Washington State and Washington. On Thursday, the team travels to Tucson to begin its series versus Arizona.

Here are some of the highlights from Sunday's win, including Stahel's game-winning home run...

Twice is Nice

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Written by Sarah Bergstrom, USC blog contributor

For the second consecutive year, No. 1 USC women's golf won the Liz Murphey Collegiate Classic this weekend, an impressive feat considering the Trojans were tied for seventh and narrowly clinched a spot in the top bracket on Friday. The Women of Troy took down top-seeded UCLA and then Duke before facing host Georgia on Sunday.

Freshman Amy Lee and junior Kyung Kim (pictured) won the Trojans their first two points, but the Bulldogs quickly earned two themselves to even things up. Junior Annie Park halved her match and ultimately USC won the Classic by holding the tiebreaker, an 8-5 differential in matches won.

The victory was USC's seventh top two finish this season and fourth outright victory. The team's next competition is the PING ASU Invitational which begins on April 10.


Weekend Warriors

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Written by Sarah Bergstrom, USC blog contributor

There's no better way to start out conference play than two dominating wins in one weekend, and that's exactly what No. 6 USC men's tennis did this past Friday and Sunday. The Trojans successfully defended their home court and took down both Washington and Oregon in 6-1 fashion.

On Friday, USC notched six singles wins after dropping the doubles point to the Huskies and fired back to clinch its first conference victory of the season. Senior Eric Johnson got the Trojans' first point of the day in his 12th consecutive singles victory, and soon after, each of his teammates followed suit.

The Trojans returned to Marks Stadium on Sunday where they furthered their dominant effort against the Ducks. The new duo of Max de Vroome and Thibault Forget clinched the doubles point to get the day started and then de Vroome quickly collected USC's first singles point as well, beating his opponent 6-4, 6-4. Nick Crystal, Roberto Quiroz and Forget each won their matches in two efficient sets to seal a winning weekend for the Trojans.

Here is USC's Max de Vroome and Roberto Quiroz after Sunday's victory...

Photo Gallery: 2015 Spring Practice #9

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The Trojans are putting the pieces together during spring practice to accomplish championship-caliber success this fall. With two more weeks of work until the Spring Game, the team continues to push itself more and more.

Here are all the John McGillen photos from the ninth spring ball session...

2015 Spring Practice #9: Notes

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Written by Caroline Deisley and Sarah Bergstrom, USC blog contributors

Lamar Dawson, who's had a great spring, capped off another competitive USC practice with an interception...
  • Adoree' Jackson shined on the offensive side of the ball on Saturday. The sophomore has been rotating between offense and defense every two practices. "I thought Adoree' showed a lot offensively today. When we come back Tuesday he'll be on the defensive side of the ball," said head coach Steve Sarkisian. "I think we get to see what he can give us on the offensive side of the ball that way." 
  • As the spring continues, Jackson is focused on being both the best football player and track athlete he can be. Jackson is confident that he can compete for a Heisman Trophy while also excelling in track. "I just want to go out there and compete," he said. "You have to be dedicated to work on perfecting your craft."
  • Jackson started three ways for USC last season as a true freshman. Now, he's focusing on fostering the next group of young Trojans. "I just want to be the ultimate leader on both sides of the ball," explained Jackson. "I want anyone to come talk to me, lean on me when they need it. I want to be a play-maker and do the right things I need to do."
  • Another leader with plenty of experience is junior linebacker Su'a Cravens who continues to excel because of his love for the game. "My dad always told me when you're having fun that's when you're playing your best so I'm having a lot of fun," said Cravens. "There's no pressure so when I'm going out and enjoying myself, it's easy.
  • Cravens noted the team's overall growth this offseason and the camaraderie that's developed after a year under a new coaching staff. "This spring is a lot better than last year. We're comfortable with the play-calling and have better chemistry with the coaches. We are more of a family. We're really playing together," said the linebacker.
  • In Cravens' opinion, the defensive MVP of spring ball has been senior CB Kevon Seymour. "He's levels ahead of what he was last year. He and JuJu go at it every practice but I'm proud of Kevon," praised the junior. "He sits on routes. He's a lot more confident in his speed and his technique."
  • Sarkisian is pleased with the overall performance of the defense, especially its ability to challenge the offense. "When the defense makes plays, it makes the offense play faster and play better," said the head coach.
  • However, the defensive line is going through some growing pains as they battle injury and fatigue. The offense is operating at a quick tempo and practices are moving at a faster pace, something Sarkisian thinks will ultimately benefit his defensive front line. "It needs to be hard right now in spring practice. We need to be tough on them," said Sarkisian. "Football is a tough sport. We need to develop that mentality so that when adversity comes our guys are going to respond."
  • Here is the head coach after Saturday's practice...

Swim With Mike Kicks Off

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Written by Sarah Bergstrom, USC blog contributor

The 35th anniversary of USC's Swim With Mike event will take place on April 11. To celebrate the landmark year, quarterback Cody Kessler and incoming freshman Jake Olson helped kickoff the Swim With Mike festivities a little bit early on Thursday.

Swim With Mike is an organization that raises money to offer college scholarships to physically challenged students across the country. The annual swim-a-thon originated at USC when friends of Trojan Mike Nyeholt sought to raise money to provide him with an adapted van. In the 35 years since, the money raised each year has gone to provide students scholarships to USC and 84 other universities.

At a luncheon to launch fundraising efforts in advance of the main event in April, Kessler and Olson hopped in the Uytengsu Aquatics Center pool to swim the first official lap. In attendance were all of the 2015 Swim With Mike scholarship recipients as well as many of the programs major donors.

Jake Olson has long been connected to USC. Fighting a 11-year battle with cancer which would ultimately leave him blind, one of Olson's wishes before losing his sight altogether was to witness one final USC football game when he was 12 years old. Pete Carroll, the USC head coach at the time, quickly invited Olson into the Trojan Family, bringing him to practices, the locker room and games. Olson became an inspiration to many in the USC community and will now get to continue his Trojan journey as a recipient of one of the 2015 Swim With Mike scholarships.

For more information regarding Swim With Mike, click here. To donate directly to the Swim With Mike scholarship, click here.

Here are Kessler and Olson launching the 35th annual Swim With Mike swim-a-thon...

The Quest Continues

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Written by Caroline Deisley, USC blog contributor


The No. 6 ranked USC men's tennis team looks to maintain its top 10 ranking as it continues its quest for another national championship. The Trojans open a long stretch of conference play on their own turf facing off against Washington and Oregon this weekend at Marks Stadium. USC will kick things off against the Huskies on Friday at 3:00p.m. before taking on the Ducks on Saturday at 1:00p.m. The Trojans are coming off their fifth national title in the past six years, but their loss to Tulsa at the end of February knocked them out of their number one ranking. 

USC is led by the senior dynamic duo of No. 9 ranked Yannick Hanfmann and No. 19 ranked Roberto Quiroz, but have been carried by fellow senior Eric Johnson who picked up Pac-12 Player of the Week honors this week. The unranked senior is riding an 11-match singles winning streak with another impressive performance in the desert last weekend at the BNP Paribas Collegiate Tennis Challenge leading the Trojans to a third place finish against tough competition. 

After this weekend, the Trojans' journey in conference play continues at home as they host Utah and Arizona next weekend. USC already boasts a conference victory defeating crosstown rival and the No. 14 ranked UCLA Bruins in an epic 4-1 battle on March 14.