No Double Trouble

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USC men's tennis won both matches of a double-header as a last brush-up before heading off to the ITA National Team Indoor Championships next week.

Despite the matches being moved up a day to protect from poor weather conditions, USC cruised to two 6-1 victories.

The No. 9 Trojans kicked off the day by hosting San Francisco. USC took the doubles point with wins at the 2 and 3 spots, then rattled off three straight wins in singles to clinch the match. Singles victories from No. 36 Logan Smith, No. 119 Jack Jaede, Riley Smith, Laurens Verboven and Jens Sweaney carried USC to a 6-1 win.

After a quick break, the Trojans were back at it, this time against UC Davis. In similar fashion, the Trojans rung up a doubles point and three straight singles victories to clinch their eighth win of the season. Brandon Holt, USC's highest ranked player at No. 13, was the deciding player in USC's 6-1 victory.

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Next up for USC is a trip to Virginia for the ITA National Indoors. Last year, the Trojans fell in the quarterfinals of the tournament after making it to the championship in each of the four years before that.



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USC_Lacrosse_San_Diego_state_mcgillen_1763.jpgUSC women's lacrosse kicks off its 2017 season tomorrow at McAlister Field against Saint Mary's.

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After an undefeated regular season last year, the Trojans enter 2017 ranked No. 4 in the nation -- the highest ranking in program history and the highest a West Coast team has ever been slotted.

USC is familiar with the Gaels, having defeated them in all four matchups in program history by a total margin of 75-22.

The odds are in the Trojans' favor once again, as they have an impressive record at home over the last few years. Sporting a 23-8 all-time record at McAlister, the Trojans haven't dropped a match there since April 18, 2014.

USC returns core group of players who hope to continue to build the tradition of lacrosse at Troy. Michaela Michael, the 2015 MPSF Player of the Year, is the senior leader of a strong offense that includes Kylie Drexel, Gabby McMahon and Cynthia Del Core.

The Trojans have made their name on the other side of the ball, though, sporting the nation's best defense last year (5.8 goals against average). Goalkeeper Gussie Johns, who was recently named along with associate head coach Devon Wills to the U.S. Lacrosse Women's National Team, commands the defense.

USC also welcomes the nation's top recruit in midfielder Kerrigan Miller, who hopes to contribute immediately.

The fun starts tomorrow at noon at USC's McAlister Field.

McGillen Gallery: USC vs. Oregon State

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USC men's basketball topped the Oregon State Beavers, 92-66, at the Galen Center last night for their fifth straight win. The Trojans now stand at 21-4 on the season, with Oregon coming to town on Saturday.

Team photographer John McGillen was on hand yesterday to capture all the best moments of USC's big win over the Beavers.

Trojans Bash Beavers

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Trojans Bash Beavers

Crosstown Splashdown

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chenault-200fly-2.jpgUSC women's swimming and diving team finishes off the regular season tomorrow by by gunning for its 10th straight win over UCLA.

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The No. 6 Trojans will honor their four seniors -- Kelsey Kafka, Riley Hayward, Anika Apostalon and Chelsea Chenault (pictured) -- prior to the last home meet of their careers

Kafka, a breaststroker and medley swimmer from San Diego, became a Pac-12 finalist for the first time last year and has her sights set on qualifying for her first NCAA meet.

Hayward, like Kafka, reached the conference final in the 100y breaststroke last year. The Winnetka, IL native is also aiming for her first NCAA championship appearance.

Apostalon is a co-captain who came to Troy by way of San Diego State. In her first year as a Trojan, she was named a five-time All-American and an NCAA champion in the 400y free relay.

Chenault, a co-captain and six-time All-American, partnered with Apostalon to take home the relay title last year. With three award-winning seasons under her belt, she is aiming to go out on top.

Should these four seniors guide USC to a win over No. 20 UCLA, the program would tie its longest winning streak over its rival, set initially between 1994 and 2003.

Tomorrow's meet kicks off at noon at the Uytengsu Aquatics Center.

Career Day

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Last night, USC Student-Athlete Academic Services hosted its annual Career Fair, where 35 companies, including ORACLE, Equinox, FOX Sports, the Los Angeles Police Department and more, set up inside the John McKay Center to chat with the Trojans.

USC football WR Jalen Greene mentioned that he enjoyed speaking with the organizations' representatives, especially those that specialized in helping student-athletes transition to working life.

"They helped me realize that we learn a lot of things playing sports and have really valuable traits," he said.

According to Lana Magilner, a member of the sales team at Aflac, one of those traits is competitiveness.

"Athletes are competitive. They don't stop, and that's what we look for," she said. "They're ambitious, very outgoing, and that's important in sales."

In addition to making connections and handing out resumes, Trojans were invited to create and spruce up their LinkedIn profiles at the event.

A number of Trojan student-athletes who benefited from the event in the past attended yet again, but this time, they sat on the other side of the employer's booth. Monica Vavic (women's water polo), Jessica Musmanno (women's soccer) and Tommy Leonard (men's volleyball) were a few of the USC alumni representing their companies and hoping to bring more Trojans into the fold.

The student-athletes have another chance to network at USC's official Career Fair on campus today.

Hoey and Crocker for Hogan

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USC men's golf senior Rico Hoey and junior Sean Crocker have been foundational pieces of the program's ascendancy to annual national title contenders under head coach Chris Zambri. The talented duo, which led the Trojans to back-to-back NCAA Championships semifinal appearances, made the 2017 Ben Hogan Award watch list.

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Hoey (pictured) and Crocker are being touted among the top 28 golfers in the country after outstanding fall seasons. Hoey boasts a pair of first-place finishes at the Gifford Collegiate and the Amer Ari Invitational as well as a team-best eight rounds under 70. Sporting a 70.12 stroke average, he has four top 10s, all in his last four events. He is a combined 33-under par in his last eight rounds.

Crocker leads USC in stroke average at 70.00 and has five top 16 finishes in as many starts this season, including three in the top 10. He has seven rounds under 70 and is a combined 17-under in his last four outings.

The Trojans, ranked No. 7 in the country, have four more tournaments before postseason play. For its next stop, USC will drive up to Westlake Village for the Southwestern Invitational (February 27-28).


Robinson to LSU

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USC running backs coach Tommie Robinson announced that he will be taking a similar position at LSU under Ed Orgeron. Robinson worked with Coach O during his first stint as an assistant coach at USC.

"I want to start off thanking Coach Clay Helton for giving me this wonderful opportunity," Robinson said. "This has been a very difficult decision because of my love for USC and this community. I have accepted a new opportunity at LSU. If I did not have the chance to say goodbye to you in person, I am forever thankful to you for the generosity you showed me and my family while at USC. Fight On!"



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Heading into his redshirt senior season, USC WR Steven Mitchell Jr. has already accomplished nearly everything on which he's set his sights.

He earned a scholarship to play at USC and won a Rose Bowl in Cardinal and Gold. He received his Bachelor's degree as a junior and is set to graduate with a Master's in December. He also became a member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, an organization he's admired his whole life.

As a Kappa, Mitchell has been exposed to people and experiences outside the realm of football, and has become a more vocal leader.

"Once I started playing football, I felt like I was more calm. I had this helmet on, so people couldn't really see me," Mitchell said. "But now, I really pride myself on being in front of a camera or an audience without that helmet, without that safety net. Before being a Kappa, I was always shy. I was obviously good at football, but I was never a vocal leader. But something that came from the whole process of being a Kappa was that you can't just be silent. You have to be a vocal leader and rely on your brothers to get you through the process."

As part of USC's Black History Month celebration, we explored Mitchell's growth and his achievements as a member of the historic fraternity.

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Golden State Stars

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Yesterday, three members of USC's Rose Bowl championship team were honored in Sacramento, CA in front of the California State Senate.

Leon McQuay III, Chris Hawkins and Deontay Burnett were on hand as Senator Ricardo Lara (D-Bell Gardens) presented Senate Resolution 14 to the floor, which commemorates USC's record-setting, come-from-behind win in the 103rd annual Rose Bowl Game. The resolution passed, 40-0.

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