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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

A photo posted by USC Sand Volleyball (@uscsandvball) on


Welcome to the Neighborhood

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Written by Sarah Bergstrom, USC blog contributor

Soon, a different kind of football will be drawing crowds to Exposition Park. The expansion Los Angeles Football Club announced plans on Monday to construct a soccer stadium on the site of the Sports Arena that will be ready to debut in 2018.

Click here for more from the LA Times.

The proposed plan for the venue would make it the most expensive privately financed soccer stadium in the country, priced at an estimated $250 million. In addition to a 22,000-seat stadium, the complex would include restaurants, a conference center and a soccer museum.

USC women's soccer head coach Keidane McAlpine is excited to welcome the Trojans' new neighbors and looking forward to the increased attention that will be paid to the beautiful game.

Center of Attention

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USC captain Max Tuerk was named to the 2015 Rimington Trophy watch list for the nation's best centers. The versatile senior, who has started at several positions along the offensive line, is a projected NFL first round pick at the center position.

Click here for the complete watch list.

The Pac-12 boasts seven players among the nation's best 52 centers on the preseason watch list. A Trojan has never won the Rimington Award, which has been in existence since 2000.

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Photo Gallery: Women's Tennis' Run Ends

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No. 1 USC women's tennis saw its national championship dreams dashed by No. 4 Vanderbilt in the NCAA Final Four on Monday night in Waco, Texas. The Women of Troy were beaten 4-0 by the Commodores, ending the season with a 25-3 record.

Click here for the recap.

The Trojans will now turn their attention to individual glory as both the men and women have several entrants in the NCAA singles and doubles tournaments. Here are the John McGillen photos from the tough loss, which ended a terrific season for the Pac-12 champions:


Anyone, Anytime, Anywhere

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Written by Sarah Bergstrom, USC blog contributor

According to college football insider Phil Steele, USC will play the second toughest schedule in college football this upcoming season. The ranking should come as no surprise considering the Trojans will face Washington and travel to Oregon this fall, while not playing Washington State and Oregon State. It's also no surprise that the Pac-12 has five of the teams in the Top 10, evidence of the fact that the competition within the conference is unrivaled on a weekly basis.

In the 2016 season, the top two teams from Steele's list will clash at AT&T Stadium as the Trojans and Crimson Tide face each other as part of the Cowboys Classic on September 3. The Trojans' schedule will continue to be amongst the toughest, as future games against Texas (2017 in LA and 2018 in Austin) and the long-standing Notre Dame rivalry are already planned.

Click here to view USC's complete 2015 schedule and here to purchase tickets.

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Photo Gallery: USC Hall of Fame Ceremony

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The who's who of the Trojan Family gathered together on Saturday night to induct 16 new members into the USC Athletic Hall of Fame. The event was emceed by Lindsay Rhodes of the NFL Network, and featured speeches by athletic director Pat Haden and the inductees.

Attendees can click here for an extended gallery.

The Class of 2015 included Byron Black, Pete Carroll, Jack Del Rio, John Hamilton, Isabelle Harvey, Joe Jares, Jimmy Jones, Dave Levy, Harold Miner, Aniko Pelle, Mark Prior, Kristine Quance-Julian, Don Quarrie, Jennifer Rosales, Tim Rossovich and Bob Yoder.

Here are the photos courtesy of Pierson Clair: