Sweet Sweep

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Written by Sarah Bergstrom, USC blog contributor

The USC men's volleyball team continues to charge through the early portion of its schedule, now with a 6-0 record after beating Long Beach State on Wednesday night. The No. 2 Trojans swept No. 11 LBSU thanks to performances from Christopher Orenic who had seven kills and five digs, and Andy Benesh and Micah Christenson who had six blocks apiece.

For a full recap, click here.

Next up, USC hosts Cal State Northridge on Friday (7 p.m.) at the Galen Center.

Here are seniors Chris Lischke and Robert Feathers with a recap of the Trojans' win:

Chasing Wins

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USC men's basketball head coach Andy Enfield was pleased with his team's effort in four of the last five games, and now the Trojans are looking to turn that work into results. USC hosts Colorado (tonight at 6:30 p.m.) and Utah (Sunday at 11:30 a.m.) this weekend led by high-flying guard Elijah Stewart.

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Generations of Greatness

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Written by Sarah Bergstrom, USC blog contributor

The Matthews family has become one of football's most iconic lineages, with three generations of Matthews men who've succeeded at the highest level. Three of the men, Clay Matthews Jr., his brother Bruce Matthews, and Clay Matthews III were all first-round NFL Draft picks coming out of USC.

In Nissan's "#withdad" series, Clay Matthews Jr. reflects on growing up in a football family and raising one of his own. See all of the #withdad series here.

Bourne To Be Great

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Written by Sarah Bergstrom, USC blog contributor

Former USC men's volleyball player Tri Bourne was named the 2014 FIVB Beach Volleyball Rookie of the Year in his first full season of FIVB international competition. He became the first American since 2006 to be named the FIVB's top rookie, and the third ever.

Click here for the full release.

Bourne, teamed with John Hyden in FIVB play last year, played in 11 tournaments, winning a gold medal at Berlin in June and finishing in the Top 10 in nine of their tourneys. The duo won 43 of their 60 matches.


USC on ESPN Radio Thru 2018-19

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Here is the official press release announcing the partnership extension between USC and ESPNLA 710 to carry Trojan football and men's basketball for the next four seasons:

USC and ESPNLA have signed a four-year contract extension, ensuring that Trojan football will continue to be heard live on Southern California's leading sports radio outlet ESPNLA 710AM through the 2018-19 season.

Jackson-JJ-CO-McG.jpgSince 2006, ESPNLA 710AM has been the flagship station of the USC Football Radio Network, which reaches from Fresno to San Diego.

The extension also calls for approximately one-half of USC's men's basketball broadcasts through 2018-19 to air on ESPNLA 710AM. For those games not airing on ESPNLA 710AM, USC and ESPNLA will place the broadcasts on another local outlet.

USC football games will continue to be offered to ESPN Radio affiliates throughout the country.

"We are pleased to continue our relationship with ESPNLA and give fans more USC programming than ever before," said Dan Shell, Vice President and General Manager of USC Sports Properties. "Additionally, to be showcased on ESPN's national platform is great for the USC brand and Trojan fans around the country."

Scott McCarthy, Vice President and General Manager, ESPNLA, said, "USC is one of the premier brands in college sports with a long history of academic and athletic excellence. We are proud to strengthen our long-term association with this great institution and enhance one of the tent poles of ESPNLA's outstanding lineup of talk and play-by-play."

A division of FOX Sports, USC Sports Properties is a full service sales and marketing organization representing the University of Southern California. Its mission is to create long-term strategic partnerships through customized, integrated marketing programs that deliver great value while addressing the needs and objectives of its corporate partners, USC, and its stakeholders.

Trojans Crashing the Super Bowl

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Two teams of USC School of Cinematic Arts alums produced commercial spots nominated for the Doritos Crash the Super Bowl contest. The winning ad will air during the Super Bowl broadcast on NBC this Sunday, but the voting closes today.

Click here to vote for Middle Seat.

Click here to vote for Lemonade Stand.

In the top video, Scott Zabielski, Genevieve Younce Zabielski, Chris McKinley, Andrew Huebscher, Jason Cochard and Shelley LaRue created "Middle Seat." And on the bottom, Dave Horowitz and Nick Sivakumaran combined to make "Lemonade Stand."

Remember Me

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USC women's tennis is only three dual matches into the 2015 season, but head coach Richard Gallien has already named head athletic trainer Russ Romano and physical therapist Drew Morcos Team MVPs. In the Women of Troy's Sunday sweep over Pepperdine, Sabrina Santamaria, who underwent reconstructive knee surgery last spring, continued her triumphant return winning 6-1 in doubles with Zoƫ Katz and then dominating 6-1, 6-0 in singles play.

Gallien has the luxury of slotting Santamaria, once ranked the NCAA's No. 1 singles and doubles player in the country, in the No. 4 slot in the lineup as she finds her footing. The senior, who won the doubles national championship in 2013 with Kaitlin Christian, is playing No. 2 doubles with Katz.

While losing Santamaria just over a year ago hindered the 2014 campaign, her return could spark the No. 14 Trojans. USC already has a strong lineup of seasoned veterans including seniors Zoe Scandalis and Gabriella DeSimone and junior Giuliana Olmos to go along with talented freshmen Gabby Smith and Meredith Xepoleas.

Thanks to the help of USC's athletic training staff and Santamaria's determination, the captain's comeback is full steam ahead. The undefeated Women of Troy head to Pepperdine (Friday at 1:30 p.m.) before the first big tests come at the ITA National Team Indoor Championships in Charlottesville, Virginia (February 6-9).


Double-Double for Dedmon

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Written by Sarah Bergstrom, USC blog contributor

Former USC forward Dewayne Dedmon has seen his role with the Orlando Magic increase over the course of the last year, culminating in his first career double-double against the Memphis Grizzlies on Monday night. Dedmon scored a career-high 10 points and recorded 10 rebounds in 30 minutes of play in the Magic's loss.

In an interview with the Orlando Sentinel earlier this month, Dedmon said he is happy with the niche he's carved for himself in Orlando. "It's definitely gratifying," the center said. "It definitely shows that in 2014 I really put in a lot of work and hard work does actually pay off. It means a lot. If you look back at what 2014 had in store for me and to be where I am right now, it's definitely gratifying."

Soccer Scores with Transfer

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Written by Sarah Bergstrom, USC blog contributor

USC women's soccer is eager to welcome a new Trojan with the addition of Notre Dame transfer Morgan Andrews. The highly-talented midfielder has a wealth of experience playing for several U.S. Soccer youth teams since 2008 and starting in all 44 games during her two seasons at Notre Dame. Andrews will have two years of eligibility with the Trojans.

For the complete release, click here.

"We are excited to get such an extremely talented player to add to our roster," said head coach Keidane McAlpine. "Through this process I have been equally as impressed with her as a person. This is a win for the Trojans, but also a win for the Pac-12."

morganandrews.jpg(Photo credit ESPN)

Hall of Fame Voice

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USC football radio play-by-play announcer Pete Arbogast, "the Voice of the Trojans", was inducted into the Southern California Sports Broadcasters Hall of Fame at a ceremony on Monday in Burbank.

Arbogast has fulfilled his lifelong dream of announcing USC football games along with a distinguished broadcasting career, which includes doing play-by-play for the Cincinnati Bengals and USC men's basketball, public address announcing for the Los Angeles Dodgers and World Cup, and reporting on two Olympics.

Arbo-HOF-SH.jpg(Photo by Jon SooHoo)