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. Tickets will go on sale through the Storm box office and online today.

Here is the team's reaction to its regional selection with senior captain Garrett Stubbs, senior pitcher/infielder 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.


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.


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.


Rowing for Gold

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No. 14 USC women's rowing was selected for the 2015 NCAA Division I Women's Rowing Championships, making it seven consecutive trips to the NCAA championship regatta for the program. The Women of Troy will take on the nation's best in a familiar venue, Lake Natoma in Gold River, Calif., where the Trojans have already competed twice this year.

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The championships will be held May 29-31. USC earned a program-best fourth-place finish in 2013 and finished fifth in 2007 and 2011.


The Single Life

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USC men's and women's tennis are done playing as a team this season, and now the Trojans will compete as individuals in the NCAA Singles and Doubles Championships.

Yannick Hanfmann, Roberto Quiroz and Jonny Wang were invited into the men's singles draw, while Hanfmann and Quiroz will pair up for doubles action as well. Wang (pictured) was named the ITA National Most Improved Senior of the Year.

On the women's side, seniors Giuliana Olmos, Sabrina Santamaria and Zoe Scandalis will be joined by newcomer Madison Westby in the singles tournament. Olmos and Scandalis will team up for the doubles crown as well as Santamaria and Zoe Katz.

Action begins today in Waco, Texas.  Follow @uscmenstennis and @uscwomenstennis for live updates on Twitter.


Home for the Stretch

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No. 15 USC baseball dropped two out of three at No. 22 Cal, falling to 35-18 on the season and 16-11 in conference. The Trojans are now alone in fifth place in the Pac-12.

USC won the series opener behind a strong outing from Kyle Davis, who pitched 8 innings in the 11-3 victory. The Trojans cooled down after that though, finding themselves on the wrong end of 7-5 and 7-2 scorelines on Sunday and Monday.

USC wraps up the regular season this weekend with a massive three-game set against No. 16 Arizona State (starting Friday at 7 p.m. and Saturday at 4 p.m.). The series culminates on Sunday (3 p.m. first pitch) with Senior Day.

Here is Timmy Robinson, who drove in three runs, after Saturday's win over Cal:

Coaches vs. Players

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Written by Sarah Bergstrom, USC blog contributor

It's not every day that the coaches and players of a team battle head-to-head on the field. For the USC women's lacrosse team however, that's exactly what will happen this June. Sophomore attacker Michaela Michael, junior midfielder Amanda Johansen, and assistant coaches Devon Wills and Alyssa Leonard were each named to the 108-player tryout pool for the 2015-16 U.S. Women's National Team. The four will compete for a chance to represent their country in the 2017 Federation of International Lacrosse Women's World Cup in England during tryouts that will be held June 12-14 in Baltimore.

To read more about each of the Trojan participants, click here.

Wills has served as the goalie for Team USA in each of the last two FIL World Championships. Head coach Lindsey Munday captained the team in 2013, and was also a member during the 2014-15 season.

Michael, the recently named MPSF Player of the Year, is looking to be the youngest Trojan lacrosse player to represent Team USA after wrapping up her sophomore season. Alongside her teammate, and USC team captain Johansen, the duo will work to join their coaches to be considered amongst the nation's best.


Victory Tour

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Fresh off winning the first national championship in program history, USC sand volleyball hopped on a jet to Europe for some global competition and a diverse cultural experience. On the first leg of the trip, the Women of Troy stopped in Italy, highlighted by Sara Hughes and Kelly Claes winning the Bibione Beach Volleyball Marathon.

Click here to read the Eurotrip diary Part I.

Click here to read the Eurotrip diary Part II.

Click here to read the Eurotrip diary Part III.

The best way to follow the team's cultural adventures is through its Instagram account, @uscsandvball and on Twitter (also @uscsandvball). As an example, the Trojans found "happiness" together on a wall in Venice.

The national champs in search of happiness. Think we've found it in Italy.

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