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No. 7 USC men's volleyball can attack this week's two-match road trip by bus as the Trojans travel to No. 15 Cal State Northridge on Wednesday and No. 9 Long Beach State on Friday.

Here is head coach Bill Ferguson previewing the week:


2015 USC Football Coaches Clinic

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The USC Football Coaching Clinic, featuring USC head coach Steve Sarkisian and his Trojan coaching staff along with several guest head coaches, will be held April 3 and 4 at the John McKay Center on campus.

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Click here for the brochure.

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The comprehensive two-day clinic will have presentations by Sarkisian and his staff, as well as offensive and defensive staff roundtable discussions covering philosophy and scheme and in-depth position meetings led by each position coach. USC strength and conditioning coach Ivan Lewis also will conduct a presentation on player development and the off-season/in-season training program.

Head coach guest speakers include Boise State's Bryan Harsin, San Diego State's Rocky Long, Utah State's Matt Wells, UNLV's Tony Sanchez and Bellevue (Wash.) High's Butch Goncharoff.

The clinic also includes attendance at the USC spring football practice on April 4 on Cromwell Field, allowing attendees to see the presentations come to life.

The clinic is open to coaches of all levels, as well as fans who want to learn more about the USC football staff and its coaching philosophy.

Cost of the two-day clinic is $90 ($65 for a single day). The clinic offers a staff discount of $15 off per person for groups of five or more who pre-register together for both days.

Click here to email Jeff Fucci for more information.

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Join the Force!

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The Trojan Dance Force, USC basketball's dance team, is holding open auditions for students on April 14, 15 and 17 at Galen Center.

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Two Awards, One Team

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USC women's lacrosse is enjoying a five-game win streak, the longest in program history, and the Women of Troy are reaping individual awards for their team triumphs. Sophomore Kylie Drexel became only the second Trojan ever to be named MPSF Offensive Player of the Week, while freshman goalie Gussie Johns earned Rookie of the Week honors.

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Both student-athletes were interviewed by our Evan Budrovich after the Women of Troy's 11-4 win over Marquette on Sunday.


Happy St. Patrick's Day

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While St. Patrick's Day is a celebratory occasion for most, it is a sentimental holiday for USC men's tennis head coach Peter Smith and thus his program.

Here's why...


Photo Gallery: Monica Makes History

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wwp-vavic.jpgThe Vavic family name is littered throughout the pages of the USC men's and women's water polo history books, usually near the top. Like her brother Nikola, Monica Vavic will end her career as the program's all-time leading scorer, setting the new mark with four more goals in the Women of Troy's 17-9 win over No. 6 Arizona State.

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Nikola was quickly passed the following year by his teammate Kostas Genidounias, so Monica will want to use her remaining games to build up a cushion, knowing her father Jovan, head coach of both the men's and women's program's, will soon reload with more all-world talent. Of course, Monica's main goal is leading the Trojans to another national championship, and No. 3 USC is looking like a contender at 15-2 on the season.

The Women of Troy are spending spring break in Hawaii, matching up against their hosts in Honolulu as well as Pomona-Pitzer and the Brazilian National Team (exhibition). They only have one more home match this season against San Jose State on April 11.

Here are the John McGillen photos from Monica Vavic's record-setting night:


Ready to Run in the Sun

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USC track & field closed the indoor season with strong finishes at the NCAA Indoor Track & Field Championships, as the men tied for ninth and the women tied for 12th. In the bigger picture, the indoor campaign, which included a conference title for the Women of Troy, sets the stage for a big spring outdoors, starting this weekend at the Trojan Invitational.

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Director of Track & Field Caryl Smith Gilbert has brought in some blue chip talent to reinvigorate both programs. During the indoor season, Andre De Grasse (pictured) and Ky Westbrook stood out among the sprinters, with De Grasse setting a new Canadian and USC record en route to the runner-up spot in the 200m, and Westbrook finishing second in the 60m as a freshman.

"Andre ran one of the best 200's I have ever witnessed," said Smith Gilbert about De Grasse, who passed Aaron Brown on both record lists. "He executed the race almost perfectly, but was a little tentative coming off the last bank in lane six. His school record performance was absolutely phenomenal and it's great that the new Canadian record stays in Trojan territory."

"Ky has always been a game-time performer," said Smith Gilbert, whose result drew comparisons to all-time greats Virginia Powell and Angela Williams. "Her second place, All-America finish in the 60m final was outstanding. I am really looking forward to watching her outdoors."

USC fans will get two chances to see the Trojans perform on home soil this season, starting this Friday and Saturday at the Trojan Invitational. On May 2-3, USC will host the annual Dual Meet with UCLA.

Photo Gallery: Tennis Trounces UCLA

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No. 5 USC men's tennis made short work of its rival, beating No. 14 UCLA 4-1 on Saturday. The Trojans were led by senior Jonny Wang, who clinched the dual match and was named Pac-12 Player of the Week.

Click here for the Rapid Reaction with head coach Peter Smith and Jonny Wang.

After collecting some SoCal BMW Crosstown Cup points, the Trojans can now atone for one of their two losses this season. USC was upset by Tulsa at the end of February, and now faces the same opponent to begin the Oracle Challenge (March 20-22) at Indian Wells.

Here are the John McGillen photos from the rivalry win at Marks Stadium:


Photo Gallery: Sun, Sand and Success

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No. 3 USC women's sand volleyball got off to the perfect start last week with dual match wins over TCU (5-0), No. 4 Florida State (4-1) and No. 6 Loyola Marymount (4-1), culminating in a pairs tournament victory for Sara Hughes and Kelly Claes.

Click here for the Rapid Reaction with Hughes and Claes.

The undefeated Trojans hit the road now, but don't feel too bad for them as they head to Hawaii for spring break. USC will play its hosts on Wednesday, and then Nebraska and Cal on Thursday in Honolulu.

Here are the John McGillen photos from Merle Norman Stadium:




Photo Gallery: Lacrosse Building a Fortress

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USC women's lacrosse is enjoying the longest winning streak in program history as the Women of Troy are mowing opponents down at McAlister Field, having won five consecutive games, including four straight at home by a combined score of 66-21. The Trojans have started MPSF play 2-0 with victories over Fresno State and Cal, but the latest win came Sunday against Marquette in non-conference action.

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The Women of Troy have one more match on this five-game home stand as they look to stay undefeated at McAlister Field on Friday against St. Mary's at 3 p.m. After this week, USC will finish with six of eight games on the road, but mark your calendars for the home showdown with Denver on April 12.

Here are the John McGillen photos from last week's win over Cal, which featured five goals by Amanda Johansen in an 18-5 rout: