Beach Volleyball Three-Peats!

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IMG_8188.JPGNo. 1 USC beach volleyball delivered a hard-fought 3-2 victory over No. 3 Pepperdine yesterday to win its third straight national championship.

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The Trojans earned a spot in the championship match by beating South Carolina, 4-0, Hawai'i, 4-0, and Pepperdine, 3-0. Pepperdine then won the contender's bracket to earn a rematch with USC in the championship.

The Waves came out of the gates strong with a straight-sets win over USC's Abril Bustamante and Joy Dennis on Court 4. But USC's Jenna Belton and Jo Kremer returned the favor on Court 5, tying things up as the teams headed into the second flight of matches.

All three of the Top 3 courts would go down to a third-set tiebreak. Pepperdine went up 2-1 with a three-set victory on Court 2, but USC's star duo of Kelly Claes and Sara Hughes tied things right back up, turning all eyes to Court 3, where USC's Terese Cannon and Nicolette Martin were also locked in a tiebreaker.

Martin's strong serving and Cannon's precise placement gave USC a slight advantage, setting up a match point which saw Cannon deliver the final blow.

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Martin and Cannon, along with Claes, Hughes, Bustamante and Dennis, were named to the NCAA All-Tournament team.

The Women of Troy finished the season with a school-record 38 wins and just one loss. After winning the AVCA National Championship in 2015 and the inaugural NCAA Championship last year, the team has now won three straight national titles. Today's title is USC's 127th all-time and 104th NCAA crown.

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Golden Golfers

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Senior men's golfer Rico Hoey became the second player in program history to earn All-Pac-12 First Team honors four straight years, leading USC's five conference honorees this season.

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Hoey, who ranks second on the team in stroke average (70.88) this year, joins Sam Randolph as the only Trojans to accomplish the feat. Hoey is coming off a tie for second place at the Pac-12 Championships -- USC's best finish at the event since 2011.

Hoey is joined on the first team by Sean Crocker and Justin Suh. It's Crocker's third conference honor, after earning second team status last season and first team his freshman year. The Zimbabwe-born junior leads the team in stroke average (70.76) this year. Suh managed five Top 10 finishes including one win this season, and ranks third on the team in stroke average (71.21) to earn his second conference honor after making the All-Freshman team last year.

USC's three first teamers are its most since 2009 and the most of any school in the Pac-12 this year.

In addition to Hoey, Crocker and Suh, junior Jonah Texeira and freshman Cheng Jin earned Pac-12 Honorable Mention, while Jin was also named to this year's All-Freshman team.

Texeira earns his third straight conference honor after finishing in the Top 10 three times this season, including one win. Jin has finished in the Top 20 three times.

The Trojans earned a No. 1 seed in the upcoming Sammamish, WA NCAA Regional, which begins on May 15.

Smart And Sporty

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Five Trojan teams recently earned Public Recognition Awards from the NCAA for their outstanding performance in the classroom.

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USC baseball, men's volleyball, women's cross country, women's golf and women's tennis teams all earned the awards, which are based upon teams' commitment to academic progress and retention of student-athletes by achieving multiyear Academic Progress Rates (APR) within the top 10 percent in their respective sports. A team's APR comprises eligibility, retention and graduation.

This recognition comes just around a week before the latest class of USC student-athletes graduates. Student-athlete commencement takes place on May 11 at the Galen Center.


Tewaaraton Time

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USC-LACROSSE-2017-MPSF-CHAMPIONSHIP-MCGILLEN-043017_MCG1530.JPGUSC attacker Michaela Michael, the highest scoring women's lacrosse player in the nation, was named one of 25 nominees for the Tewaaraton Award yesterday.

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The Tewaaraton Award is given annually to the top male and female college lacrosse players in the United States.

Michael's 71 goals this season are the most in the nation, and set a new USC and MPSF single-season record. Her 126 draw controls also set a new MPSF record this year.

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Michael has led the No. 7 Trojans to a 16-3 record and a berth in the upcoming NCAA Tournament.

Five finalists will be selected on May 11 and the winner will be announced June 1.

2017 Football Mini-Plans

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USC football mini-plans are ON SALE NOW for the 2017 season, providing you the opportunity to customize your ticket purchases to fit your schedule and budget. Mini-plans are also your only chance to guarantee tickets to the UCLA and Texas games outside of buying season tickets.

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Fans can choose mini-plans in increments of two to seven games. Mini-plans allow fans to purchase only the games they want to attend, as well as save money off single game pricing and get seating preference over individual game ticket buyers.

The Flex Pack allows fans to pick two or more games. The Texas +1 and the UCLA +1 options let fans get tickets to either of those marquee games plus one additional game. The Football Tommy Pass is available in a 6-game (all but Texas) and 7-game package, priced at just $199 and $249 respectively, with seat locations varying from game to game. The VIP Pack gives fans access to two games in the field clubs just a few feet from the action of the east end zone.


2019 Coliseum Seating Plan

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The new seating plan for USC football games when the Los Angeles Coliseum is renovated in 2019 is being unveiled to members of the Trojan Athletic Fund and current USC football season ticketholders.

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The renovation will reduce the stadium's current seating capacity by about 16,000 seats, thereby requiring a re-seating of current season ticketholders.  Capacity will go from 93,607 to 77,500 due to such improvements as added aisles, widened seats and increased leg room in many sections and the construction of a new Scholarship Club Tower on the stadium's south side that will include suites, loge boxes, club seats, a new concourse and a new press box.

During the next 15 months, USC Athletics representatives will contact Trojan Athletic Fund (TAF) members and invite them to visit the Coliseum Renovation Preview Center to consider available seating solutions that best suit their needs.  Priority for seat selection will be determined by TAF membership level followed by lifetime giving to USC Athletics.  Then, in the summer of 2018, remaining current season ticketholders will be contacted about their seating options.  Every effort will be made to accommodate those who wish to continue to sit together.

USC Athletics is committed to making the re-seat as fan friendly as possible and providing affordable seating options to all.  Approximately two-thirds of the seating in the renovated Coliseum will not require any Coliseum restoration gift.  The remaining third will be designated for supporters who make a one-time Coliseum restoration gift and are members of the Trojan Athletic Fund.  The one-time restoration gift ranges from $100 to $6,000 per seat, while Trojan Athletic Fund memberships begin at $200 annually.  The restoration gift amounts, which are tax deductible and payable over four years, were determined based on the construction costs associated with seating enhancements throughout the stadium excluding the Scholarship Club Tower.

Student and band seats will not be relocated and USC will work to upgrade the student experience.

A major portion of the Coliseum's $270-million renovation, announced in 2015, will begin following the upcoming 2017 season and will be completed for USC's 2019 home opener.  There will be limited impact in the 2018 season to some current season ticketholders who will be moved to temporary locations.

The renovation is being funded entirely by USC Athletics from Coliseum restoration gifts, sponsorship revenue, non-USC events at the Coliseum and donor naming opportunities.  It will not require any student fees or general university, local, state or federal funds.  With an annual budget of $100 million, USC Athletics is one of just seven self-sustaining NCAA Division I programs in the nation, which means it receives no funding from tax appropriations or student fees.

USC is obligated under its long-term lease agreement to make significant improvements to the Coliseum.  The renovation will 1.) ensure that the game-day experience provides all fans options to enjoy the stadium's new amenities while recognizing the loyalty of Troy's long-time fans, 2.) provide the Trojan football team with a first-class facility and a tremendous home field advantage, 3.) create long-term revenue streams so that USC Athletics can sustain its excellence across all sports for generations to come, and 4.) preserve the historical integrity of the Coliseum.

The Trojan Athletic Fund was founded in 1923 to provide funding necessary to sustain the excellence of USC Athletics' varsity sports. The members of the Trojan Athletic Fund form a global group of more than 5,000 alumni, parents, former student-athletes and friends who directly contribute to the success of USC's 650-plus student-athletes in all 21 sports by funding scholarships, including tuition, books, and room and board costs, at an annual cost of more than $19 million.

Some renovation to the Coliseum has already begun.  New field and stadium lighting was installed for the 2016 season.  New videoboards and scoreboards throughout the stadium will be in place for the 2017 season, replacing the boards that sat atop the peristyle and thereby restoring the iconic peristyle to more closely resemble the stadium's original design.

Other previously-announced Coliseum renovations by 2019 will include:  replacing every seat in the stadium and installing handrails throughout the stadium;  updating Wi-Fi technology throughout the venue;  adding new concession stands and improving existing stands;  upgrading entry concourses;  and replacing the electrical, mechanical and plumbing systems to meet current standards. 

Bring On The Beach

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bvb-ncaa-1.jpgTomorrow, USC's No. 1 beach volleyball team kicks off what it hopes will be its third straight national title run.

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The Trojans enter the tournament having won 96 of their last 99 matches, a mark that includes a 62-match win streak which lasted from March of 2016 until the semifinals of the Pac-12 Tournament last week. Despite that loss, the Trojans bounced back to earn a spot in the Pac-12 championship match and exact revenge over UCLA, claiming the conference crown for the second straight year and locking up the NCAA Tournament's No. 1 overall seed.

As the No. 1 seed, USC kicks off the tournament against No. 8 seed South Carolina at 9 a.m. CT (7 a.m. PT) in Gulf Shores, AL tomorrow. The Trojans' 34-1 record this season includes a 5-0 sweep of South Carolina in March. The Gamecocks are 23-9 heading into the tournament.

Seniors Kelly Claes and Sara Hughes, who have racked up a 34-1 record on Court 1 this season and were recently named the Pac-12 Pair of the Year, will lead the Trojans into battle in this double elimination tournament.

Last year, the Trojans cruised through the bracket with sweeps of Georgia State and Pepperdine, a 3-1 win over Florida State in the semifinals and a sweep of the Seminoles in the championship match, earning the NCAA Beach Volleyball title in its first year of existence (USC won the AVCA Beach Volleyball title the year before).

Tomorrow's match against the Gamecocks will be live streamed by the NCAA. Should the Trojans win, they'd advance to face the winner of No. 4 Florida State and No. 5 Hawaii at 1 p.m. PT tomorrow. That match will be broadcast on TruTV. The semifinals take place at 1 p.m. on Saturday on TruTV and the championship match will be broadcast Sunday at 11 a.m. on TBS.

Spike Stars

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allpac12-bvb (1).jpgSenior standouts Kelly Claes and Sara Hughes headline the list of six Trojans who earned Pac-12 Beach Volleyball honors this season.

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Claes and Hughes were named the Pac-12 Pair of the Year for the second season in a row, and Claes herself earned Pac-12 Player of the Year honors for the second straight year. The duo has posted a 34-1 record in dual matches this season, with a 44-1 overall record. They've won 92 of their last 93 matches, dating back to the beginning of the 2016 season.

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While Claes and Hughes made All-Pac-12 first team, three Trojans made the second team: Sophie Bukovec, Terese Cannon and Allie Wheeler.

Seniors Bukovec and Wheeler have teamed up on Court 2 for a 21-4 record in dual matches and a 25-6 record overall.

Cannon, a junior, has racked up a 29-6 dual match record and a 33-8 overall record playing primarily on Court 3 with senior co-captain Nicolette Martin.

USC's veterans have taken the team to incredible heights, but the squad features young talent as well. Freshman Joy Dennis was named to the Pac-12 All-Freshman team for going 24-6 in dual matches and 28-7 overall.

These Women of Troy have guided their team to a 34-1 record and the No. 1 overall seed in the upcoming NCAA Tournament.

Cleaning House

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On Tuesday, USC's Trojan Outreach program partnered with Goodwill Southern California to host a kickoff event for its Spring Cleaning For Good donation drive.

Just under 500 participants dropped off gently used clothing and household items in USC's McCarthy Quad, totaling around 2,000 pounds of donations.

Those who donated received a pamphlet about Goodwill's efforts to end homelessness in addition to a free lunch from Chick-fil-A and a free drink from Coca Cola.

Goodwill bins will remain on and around USC's campus until May 11.

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Baseball Battle

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BASE-Series.jpgCrucial Crosstown Cup points are on the line this week as USC baseball takes on UCLA in a three-game series.

The Trojans currently trail, 95-90, in the Crosstown Cup standings, and need to win two out of three against the Bruins to tie things up.

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Sophomore C.J. Stubbs will get the start tonight at 6 p.m. in a Throwback Thursday-themed game, during which the first 500 fans will receive a free Randy Johnson hat.

Freshman Chris Clarke -- whose older brother, Zander, plays for UCLA -- takes the mound tomorrow at 7 p.m.

Sophomore Marrick Crouch will close out the series on Saturday at 7 p.m., which marks a Fight On Family Day, (first 300 children in attendance will receive a free coloring bag).

All three games this week will be broadcast on Pac-12 Network.

The Trojans are 261-134 all-time against the Bruins, including a 4-3 extra-innings win in the finale of the Dodgertown Baseball Classic in March. Both teams enter this week's series with a similar record this season -- USC sits at 19-22 (6-12 Pac-12) while UCLA is 21-19 (10-8 Pac-12).

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