That's a Wrap!


The 2010-11 USC athletics season is officially over...but not before the Trojans stocked the trophy cases in Heritage Hall.

The first year of the Pat Haden era ushered in two three-peats from men's water polo and men's tennis.  Jovan Vavic and Peter Smith have built two of the most dominant programs in the country.

Water-Polo-Banner.jpgMen's tennis and men's water polo carried the torch, but several programs are following the flame. 

Both volleyball teams made Final Four runs.  The men's squad spent the entire regular season ranked #1, while women's volley has a youthful core that should be right back in the mix next season.

Coming off back-to-back national championships, women's water polo was in the Final Four yet again, which extended an eight-year run of NCAA tournament appearances.

On the links, the women's team boasted a #1 ranking after taking the Pac-10 championship just a week apart from men's golf grabbing a conference crown. 

In the pool, women's swimming and diving placed third at NCAAs, while the men's team finished a solid seventh.  And in choppier waters, women's rowing ranked fifth in the nation.

Men's basketball made the Big Dance for the fifth time in the last six years, while women's hoops made an impressive road run to the WNIT championship game.

Women's soccer set an attendance record in an electric Coliseum win over UCLA and then advanced to the second round of the postseason before losing to the eventual national champion.

And finally, the women's track and field team pushed the season over the finish line with a sixth place posting at nationals.

We'll list the individual success stories Friday, but two more team notes...

  • USC had 10 programs finish top seven in the nation.

  • USC won its fourth consecutive Gauntlet over UCLA and set a record for points by one school in the competition.

And now 2011-12...

Led by Lindsey Munday, women's lacrosse became USC's 20th program.


Sorry, Haden had nothing to do with any of the success. His one hire of Cruz for interim coach got the baseball program nowhere really. Tell him to take a good hard look at the woman's tennis team who needs a change in head coach after 16 fruitless years trying to win a national title with one final four to show for all of it.

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