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Emphatic Start for WWP

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The No. 3 USC women's water polo team opened the 2015 season in dominating fashion this weekend, defeating CSU Bakersfield and Cal Baptist by a combined 57-8. Senior Monica Vavic, one of three returning All-Americans for the Trojans, scored a total of 14 goals in Saturday's games.

The Trojan squad features plenty of fresh faces as 14 newcomers look to contribute to the 2015 campaign. Seven of those rookies logged their first career goals in this weekend's action and freshman goalie Victória Chamorro played her first minutes in goal for the Women of Troy.

In Saturday's first game at the UCLA Invitational, six different Trojan players scored goals in the 33-5 victory over CSU Bakersfield. USC was led by Vavic with eight goals, and sisters Ioanna and Stephania Haralabidis with five apiece. Just minutes after the first game, USC took down Cal Baptist 24-3, scoring 16 unanswered goals to start the game. Eleven different Trojans scored in the second win, including five freshmen.

Vavic was named MPSF Player of the Week after her impressive season-opening outing. The senior All-American's eight goals against Bakersfield were a career-high, and she contributed eight assists and seven steals across both wins. Vavic, a member of the 2013 national championship-winning Trojan team, is looking to lead this year's squad back to the title game after finishing third in 2014.

The Women of Troy will next play in the Triton Invitational from February 7-8 in La Jolla. USC begins conference play on March 8 at the Uytengsu Aquatics Center against Stanford.

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Photo Gallery: MVB's Resounding Start

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No. 5 USC men's volleyball doubled down on its home opening weekend of success by sweeping No. 12 Stanford after knocking off No. 2 Pepperdine three days earlier. 

Click here for the recap.

Click here for the Rapid Reaction.

Click here for the Pac-12 recap.

Now 3-0 on the season, the Trojans were given a big boost by highly touted freshman Larry Tuileta in his first career start who tied the team-high with nine kills in the match. The Hawaiian phenom spent the fall as a backup quarterback and now joins the men's volleyball program with the season just barely in progress.

Here are the John McGillen photos from the win over the Cardinal:


Tennis Success at All Levels

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USC men's tennis continues to dominate the sport's landscape on several different levels.

From a team standpoint, the Trojans picked up their first dual match win of the season besting UC Riverside 6-1. No. 1 USC played without a couple top guns including senior Roberto Quiroz who won the singles title at the Sherwood Collegiate Cup.

And at the sport's highest level, Steve Johnson, the program's most decorated player, won his first round encounter at the Australian Open in straight sets over Kyle Edmund. Now at No. 38 in the world, he will take on No. 30 Santiago Giraldo in round two of the season's first major.

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Photo Gallery: MVB Takes Down No. 2

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No. 8 USC men's volleyball scored its first signature win of the season defeating No. 2 Pepperdine in four sets Friday night at Galen Center. The 2015 home opener featured an all-around team effort including strong performances by Christoper Orenic (14 kills), Cristian Rivera (13 kills) and Micah Christenson (5 aces and 11 digs).

Click here for the match recap.

Now, the Trojans are challenged by another tough opponent in No. 12 Stanford tonight at 5 p.m. If you cannot make it to Galen Center, Pac-12 Networks will carry the action live.

Here are the John McGillen photos from the win over the Waves:


2015 NFL Championship Round

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The Trojans had five active players on Sunday, but it's all about the head coach.

The Best

Pete Carroll, Head Coach, Seahawks - Back-to-back NFC titles

As most USC fans know, Carroll is fond of saying that games can only be won in the fourth quarter, and Seattle certainly left a lot of work to do trailing 16-0 at halftime. But, the Seahawks pulled off a minor miracle starting with a perfectly executed fake field goal and then later a successful onside kick. As has so often been the case in the past 15 years, the game ended with Carroll hopping around the field with a beaming smile on his face after an overtime touchdown sealed Seattle's spot in the Super Bowl. He is now one win from becoming the first ever head coach to win two national championships in college football and two more in the NFL.

Best of the Rest

Clay Matthews, LB, Packers - 6 tackles (5 solo) including a sack

Nick Perry, LB, Packers - 4 tackles (2 solo)

Malcolm Smith, LB, Seahawks - 2 tackles

Mike Morgan, LB, Seahawks - Played special teams

Khaled Holmes, C, Colts - Started in the AFC Championship Game

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2014 Play of the Season

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Via Instagram, the Trojan Family voted Freshman All-American Adoree' Jackson's 71-yard Holiday Bowl catch-and-run the play of the season.


2015 Early Entrants: LB Cameron Smith

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The first five members of the 2015 USC recruiting class are already enrolled and on campus for the spring semester. Here is a look at the final freshman in the first five to arrive...

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The Ernie Event

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No. 8 USC men's volleyball, which opens its home schedule tonight against No. 2 Pepperdine (8 p.m.), will honor Bob Yoder at the second annual "The Ernie Event" on January 31 in the Founders' Room at Galen Center. Yoder will be presented with the "Ernie Award", named after legendary USC men's volleyball head coach Ernie Hix, for his All-American career featuring national titles as a player and head coach.

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Fans are invited to the event, which will also introduce the 2015 Trojans. Cost is $75, payable in advance by credit card (Visa, Master, American Express) or by sending a check payable to "USC Men's Volleyball Boosters and Alumni Club" to Jason Kennedy, Galen Center, 3400 So. Figueroa St., Los Angeles, CA 90089-2360. A limited number of sponsorships also are available; for more information, click here.

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Fast Thymes at USC

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USC men's track and field has added elite sprinter Just'N Thymes to the program with two seasons of eligibility remaining starting this spring. The Riverside City College transfer has a 100m best of 10.18 and a 200m legal best of 20.61.

Click here for more on Thymes.

Director of Track & Field Caryl Smith Gilbert announced the signing as the Trojans prepare to begin the NCAA Indoor season at the UW Indoor Preview in Seattle. The Women of Troy are the defending MPSF indoor champions.

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The Story Behind the Swag

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USC's own Nick Young has made quite a name for himself, both for his basketball skills and eccentricity. The always-entertaining shooting guard is the second-leading scorer on the Los Angeles Lakers and his goofy persona seems to be the brightest spot on the struggling team this season. In the latest edition of Sports Illustrated, Lee Jenkins profiled Young and the origin of his alter-ego Swaggy P, with several anecdotes from his Trojan career.

To read the complete article, click here. 

Swaggy and his girlfriend, renowned pop star Iggy Azalea, cheered on the Trojans Wednesday night at the Galen Center as USC battled crosstown rival UCLA.

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