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Upset City

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USC men's volleyball bounced back from two straight losses to upset Long Beach State at the Galen Center last night.

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The unranked Trojans hosted the No. 3 49ers in their home opener, and pulled off a four-set win (25-19, 25-20, 22-25, 25-22). Senior outside hitter Lucas Yoder racked up 28 kills and 6 digs to lead the way along with teammate Andy Benesh, who hit .526 with 12 kills, 5 digs and 4 blocks.

After the match, USC head coach Jeff Nygaard insisted the Trojans could beat anybody. Watch his full post-game interview here!

The Trojans gear up for another upset opportunity when No. 13 Cal State Northridge comes to town on Saturday at 7 p.m. Click here for tickets!

Hoopin' at Home

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_DSC0784.jpgUSC women's basketball aims to shake a three-game losing streak when Oregon and Oregon State come to town this weekend.

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On Friday night, the Trojans, who are unranked but received votes in the latest AP Poll, host the 12-5 Ducks, with whom they split matches last year. USC will honor America's military with Joint Forces Appreciation Night and the first 250 fans will receive a commemorative long sleeve shirt.

The Trojans face a tougher test against No. 10 Oregon State on Sunday night. Beavers guard Sydney Wiese averages 16.3 PPG and dropped 26 points in OSU's OT win over Stanford on Jan. 8, which helped OSU earn NCAA Team of the Week honors. USC aims to stop a five-game losing streak against the Beavers on an SC Sunday.

Junior forward Kristen Simon leads the Trojans into battle, averaging nearly a double-double this season (15.7 points, 9.7 rebounds per game). Guards Minyon Moore (12.2) and Sadie Edwards (10.5) are also scoring in double figures this year.

Click here for tickets to USC vs. Oregon on Friday at 8 p.m. and here for tickets to USC vs. Oregon State on Sunday at 3 p.m.!

Stevens Center Academic Spotlight: Ida Jacobsen

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USC's student-athletes are more than just champions on the field, court, diamond and pool --- they're champions in the classroom as well. Each week, we will get to know one of these scholarly Trojans a bit better in our academic spotlight.

Jacobsen, Ida Gørtz.jpgName: Ida Gortz Jacobsen
Class: Junior
Sport: Rowing
Majors: Global Studies and Comparative Literature
Minor: Architecture
GPA: 3.83

Aubrey Kragen (AK): Can you tell me a little bit about the Global Studies program here and why you decided to study it?

Ida Jacobsen (IJ): Actually, I came in as an Anthropology major, but Global Studies is in the Anthropology department. Global Studies is more interdisciplinary, so I can take International Relations, Political Science and Comparative Literature classes for it. It has an Anthropology profile, so I take most of my classes in the Anthropology department. I took summer school in Paris with the IR program.

AK: What was studying in Paris like?

IJ: It was super fun. It was six weeks in Paris with 10 other USC students at the American University of Paris. I got to meet a lot of people outside of athletics, which was nice because it's hard to find friends outside sometimes, because we spend so much time on the team with each other. But it was a great experience -- I loved my professor there and I got to travel around Paris. It was about the European Union and politics issues in the past and the future. I'm from Denmark, so I find that very relevant.

AK: And how did you end up with an Architecture minor? I've heard it's a really rigorous program at USC.

IJ: I love the discipline and the creativity. I had a two-week internship in high school at a drawing studio in Copenhagen, and I've always liked looking at buildings and art. For me, it was just a good way to think creatively or think about the role of architecture, because it's all around us. I took a workshop class and loved it, and I've just been taking classes ever since.

AK: It sounds like you have a wide range of interests, so do you have a good idea of what you want to do career-wise, or are you still exploring?

IJ: I think I'm still exploring. I'm hoping that within the next year and a half, I'll have something more decisive. But I was really glad I took up the Comparative Literature major a year ago, because I love the interdisciplinarity of Global Studies, but Comparative Literature just grounds you in one field and you get to work with those texts deeply and very analytically. And I think that's really important because often you skim texts, and for me it's important to stay in those details and ask those questions that we don't always ask. So career-wise, maybe something in literature, but it all depends. I would love to go to graduate school, and I might want to go closer to home, either in Denmark or maybe Sweden or England.

AK: How did you end up at USC after growing up in Denmark?


IJ: I received a message from our assistant coach once, basically saying, "Have you thought about going to school in the U.S. and rowing?" I was taken aback by it and I didn't really know at first, because not a lot of people that I know had done that in the rowing world. But I was sure that I didn't want to go straight from high school to a university in Denmark; I wanted to do something fun to get out of that little country, so I took a chance and I just stuck with it. I wasn't sure when I came here whether I wanted to do just one or two years, but it just happened and I'm really glad it did.

AK: What's a typical day like balancing rowing practice with a double major and a minor?

IJ: I get up at 5:30 and we leave on a bus at 6 a.m. to practice on the water for 90 minutes to two hours. Then I get back and have class at 10, 11 or 12. Usually three to four hours of class per day. Then Monday, Wednesday, Friday we have afternoon practices as well. And then two practices on Saturday as well. So I try to get all my work done before 8 so I can totally focus on hanging out with friends or roommates after that.

AK: What is your involvement with the Oversight Committee for Athletic Academic Affairs (OCAAA)?

IJ: OCAAA is a mix of student representatives from athletics and faculty members from different departments, like Dornsife and the cinema and law school. We talk about issues relating to athletics and academics, because they often blend together, both in good ways and not-so-good ways. We work to make faculty and students more aware of the rules and who should report to who when something happens. I learn a lot while just sitting and listening in meetings. I've learned that USC really tries hard to make sure that things are done the right way.

AK: Lastly, what are some of the things you want to achieve at USC and beyond?

IJ: For athletics, we had three really good races in our offseason and a great training camp right before Christmas. It's been such a great energy, and I think if we can keep that energy going all the way through national championships, the goal could easily be being in the Top 3 or Top 6 of NCAAs, maybe even win a title. That would be great. Academically, just keep doing what I'm doing. I want to figure out a more set field to go into. I've had several classes that I've fallen in love with, but still finding out which field exactly or which language, which path I want to go.

Meet Jonah Mathews

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Jonah.jpgName: Jonah Mathews

Position: SG

Class: Freshman

Size: 6-foot-3 and 185 pounds

Age: 18

High School: Santa Monica (CA)

Game: Mathews came to USC with the reputation as a sharpshooter, and while he is tied for third on the team with 20 made three-pointers, he has shown himself to be a complete player. Mathews has 20 steals on the season, including six against Wyoming and four against Stanford. The combo guard will continue to play a pivotal role off the bench for the Trojans, averaging 20+ minutes per game.

Prep Career: Mathews led the Santa Monica Vikings to a 30-3 record his senior year while averaging 24.1 points, 8.4 rebounds and 6.2 assists per game. He was named the 2016 CIF Southern Section Division 1A Player of the Year and also made the L.A. Times All-Area Team and honorable mention on the MaxPreps All-State team.

USC head coach Andy Enfield on Mathews: "He's earned his minutes defensively. He's our best on-the-ball defender, and he's very active."

Fun Fact: Mathews loves to dance.

Here is Mathews on the team's energy, his father's influence on him and more:

Big Cat is Big Time

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Jets DE Leonard Williams, who was named a first alternate when initial rosters came out, was promoted today to the 2017 NFL Pro Bowl.

A two-time All-American at USC, Williams led the Jets with 7.0 sacks this year en route to Team MVP honors. He finished the season with 68 tackles, 11 TFL, 19 QB hits and 2 forced fumbles.

Williams replaces Raiders defender Khalil Mack in this year's Pro Bowl. In doing so, he joins Cowboys OT Tyron Smith, Titans DT Jurrell Casey and Vikings DE Everson Griffen as USC's representatives in the all-star game. These four bump USC's all-time Pro Bowl total to 232 players.

The Pro Bowl will be played in Williams' home state of Florida (in Orlando's Camping World Stadium) on Jan. 29. It will be broadcast at 5 p.m. PT on ESPN.

Class of 2017: OL Andrew Vorhees

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When USC's spring semester commenced on Monday, four young men became the newest members of the Trojan Family.

After losing two senior All-American tackles in Zach Banner and Chad Wheeler, USC has a need for depth on the offensive line. Kingsburg, CA product Andrew Vorhees will provide just that. The 6-foot-6 lineman played on both sides of the ball and earned the 2016 All-Central Sequoia League Lineman of the Year award as a senior.

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Class of 2017: LS Damon Johnson

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When USC's spring semester commenced on Monday, four young men became the newest members of the Trojan Family.

If Damon Johnson does his job well, you may never learn his name. That's the goal of any long snapper. The Trojans need to replace senior long snapper Zach Smith, who was rock solid throughout his USC career, and Johnson fits the bill as a five-star prospect at his position, ranked by Rubio Long Snapping. Johnson did not play football last season while he attended Citrus Junior College. As a long snapper at Glendora (CA) High, he had 6 tackles as a 2015 senior, 2 tackles as a 2014 junior and 1 tackle as a 2013 sophomore.

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Class of 2017: QB Jack Sears

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When USC's spring semester commenced on Monday, four young men became the newest members of the Trojan Family.

USC football has had some recent luck with a quarterback out of San Clemente High, and the Trojans get another with the addition of pro-style passer Jack Sears. As a senior, he was named a 2016 Orange County Register All-Orange County first teamer and the All-South Coast League Offensive Player of the Year. Sears, who led the Tritons to the 2016 CIF State 1-A championship and CIF Southern Section Division 2 title, has been praised for his high football IQ, dedication to the film room and accuracy on downfield passes. In 2016, he completed 223-of-338 passes (66.0 pct) for 2,602 yards with 37 TD and just 6 INT. He ran for 1,135 yards on 171 carries (6.6 avg) with 9 TD and also hauled in an INT on defense.

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Class of 2017: LB Tayler Katoa

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When USC's spring semester commenced on Monday, four young men became the newest members of the Trojan Family.

Tayler Katoa did everything for his high school team in Utah but drive the bus. As a senior, he played linebacker, defensive end and quarterback, making 36 tackles, 2 sacks and a fumble recovery for a TD on defense. He also ran for 784 yards on 117 carries (6.7 avg) with 14 TD and threw for 299 yards with 3 TD as a QB. At USC, he is expected to become a linebacker, joining a lineage that is second to none among college football programs. Katoa knows something about lineage as he comes from an extremely athletic family. His father, Fotu, was a tight end at BYU (1985, 1988-90), his mother, Elizabeth, was a distance runner at BYU in 1990, and his sister, Eliza, is a senior outside hitter on Utah's volleyball team.

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2017 Season Tickets ON SALE NOW

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USC football started 2017 with a Rose Bowl victory that has the Trojan Family wishing next season started tomorrow. While you will have to wait a few months for kickoff, you can secure your season tickets right now.

Click here to purchase new season tickets for 2017!

The official schedule has not been released yet by the Pac-12, but USC's 2017 home slate is as good as any in the country. The Trojans will host seven games in the Coliseum, including Texas, Stanford and UCLA. USC will also welcome Western Michigan, Utah, Arizona and Oregon State.

New season tickets start at just $320 for all seven home games. Click here to purchase or call (213) 740-GOSC (4672).

Current season ticket holders can renew their tickets by going to USCTrojans.com/tickets and clicking on "Manage My Account" under football.

USC is riding a nine-game winning streak heading into the 2017 season after going 10-3 and finishing ranked No. 3 nationally in 2016, capped by the thrilling 52-49 last-second victory over Penn State in the Rose Bowl. The 2017 Trojans will be the 125th team in USC history.