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2014 Women's Soccer Schedule

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Written by Caroline Deisley, USC blog contributor 

The 2014 women's soccer schedule has been released, and the Women of Troy face a tough, but promising schedule in new head coach Keidane McAlpine's inaugural season. Fans will get to see the new head coach and team in action often as the Trojans have 10 home games including their final regular season game against crosstown rival and reigning NCAA champions UCLA, which will be played under the lights at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum on November 7th at 7:30 p.m. 


The Women of Troy will also have 10 of their games televised as they face tough competition early on against Notre Dame and later against conference rival Stanford. The Trojans start off with a tournament at USD followed by the Notre Dame Adidas Invitational in order to prepare for conference play which begins on September 26th at Arizona. 

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Chad Gets Called

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Written by Sarah Bergstrom, USC blog contributor

Former USC baseball player Chad Smith got the call of his dreams on Wednesday when the Detroit Tigers informed the right-handed relief pitcher that he'd be coming up to the big leagues. Smith, 24 years old, is the 109th Trojan big leaguer, adding to a USC legacy known for producing the most big leaguers all-time of any college program. The pitcher joins eight other Trojans who are currently playing in the majors.

Smith was a 17th round draft pick of the Tigers in 2011 shortly after having Tommy John surgery. His rise to the big leagues has been quick, spending just one season in Class A ball, seven outings at Double-A and 15 games at Triple-A Toledo. In those 15 Triple-A games, Smith boasted a 4-2 record with a 1.64 ERA.

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Bricio Heads to China

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Written by Sarah Bergstrom, USC blog contributor

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Samantha Bricio, USC women's volleyball junior All-American outside hitter, is joining the Pac-12 All-Star team on its trip to China this summer. The summer all-star team will play seven matches over two weeks in Sanming and Beijing, first facing the professional team from Fuijan Province and the Chinese Junior National Team from June 18-21. The team will then play the professional team from Beijing and the Chinese Junior National Team again from June 24-26.

With team members from all 12 universities in the conference, Bricio will arrive in China on June 17. In addition to volleyball, the team will enjoy cultural visits including the Great Wall of China, Tiananmen Square, the Forbidden City and the Silk Market. Last year, USC was represented on the All-Star team by head coach Mick Haley, All-American Natalie Hagglund and senior Hayley Crone.

For the first time, fans can follow the All-Star team on Chinese social media including Weibo (the Chinese equivalent of Twitter) and Renren (the Chinese equivalent of Facebook). More updates can also be found at www.pac-12.com.

To view the complete team roster and for more details, click here.

Olympic Rematch

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Written by Sarah Bergstrom, USC blog contributor

The top two women's volleyball teams in the world will face off at the Galen Center on July 6th in the USA Volleyball Cup. The game will be the second of four challenge matches between the two squads that met in the gold-medal match of the 2012 London Olympics. Two of USC's all-time greats, Nicole Davis and Natalie Hagglund, will take the court with Team USA.

Brazil defeated the U.S. women's team in the last two Olympic gold-medal matches, and the U.S. team is hungry for revenge. Davis is a two-time silver medalist with Team USA and a back-to-back NCAA title winner at USC in 2002 and 2003. Hagglund, a three-time All-American, recently wrapped up her Trojan career as the program's all-time leader for digs (2,362). The pair will compete with a U.S. team that has occupied one of the top two spots in the world rankings since 2008.  

Come out and show your support for Team USA! The match will be played on July 6th at 5 pm PT. Tickets will go on sale this month at usavolleyball.org.

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Chillin 4 Charity

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Written by Caroline Deisley, USC blog contributor

The University of Arizona women's basketball team issued a Cold Water Challenge to players and coaches across the country to raise money for the Kay Yow Foundation and USC's own Beth Burns, Jualeah Woods and Courtney Jaco were up for the challenge!

Check out the video below to see the Trojans receive an icy water bath and who they challenged to join the cause.

Wide Receiver U

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 Written by Sarah Bergstrom, USC blog contributor

With 11 former Trojans selected in the NFL draft since 2001 and four consensus All-Americans recognized at the position since 2003, it's easy to understand why ESPN.com awarded USC the title of "Wide Receiver U" for the 2000s. Beyond the last decade and a half, eight wide receivers have been picked in the first round of the NFL draft all-time and 22 wide receivers have been drafted overall in the last 25 years.

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Names like Keyshawn Johnson, Mike Williams, Steve Smith, Robert Woods and Marqise Lee are just several of the notable wide receivers who've made their mark at USC. The tally for NFL-bound Trojan receivers is still counting...will Nelson Agholor be next? 

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2014 Women's Volleyball Schedule

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Written by Sarah Bergstrom, USC blog contributor

The 2014 women's volleyball schedule has been released, and with both a challenging non-conference and conference lineup, it's nothing to take lightly. USC will look to rise to the challenge as they play 21 televised regular-season matches and 20 matches against teams that made the NCAA tournament in 2013.

Click here for the complete schedule.

Adding to the already challenging Pac-12 conference lineup, the Trojans will host SEC forces Florida and Texas A&M in the USC Classic tournament from September 11th-12th before the regular season kicks off. This tournament will feature the Trojans' first televised game of the season, but not the last, with all but three of their regular-season matches getting air time in 2014. The Women of Troy open the Pac-12 schedule at crosstown rival UCLA on September 23, and then play Arizona State in their home opener on September 26. Senior night is set for November 28 at the Galen Center against UCLA honoring seniors Hayley Crone, Emily Young and Hannah Schraer. 

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Women's Water Polo Earns All-American Recognition

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Written by Caroline Deisley, USC blog contributor

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After their 11th consecutive trip to the NCAA tournament, the USC women's water polo team concluded the 2014 season with six players earning All-American honors. 
 
 
All-star junior Monica Vavic earned yet another spot on the All-American First Team for the third straight year after finishing the season with 75 goals, placing her in the elite group of just five other Women of Troy who have racked up three All-American First Team selections. Vavic is also a three-time All-MPSF First Team honoree and earned a spot on the NCAA All-Tournament First Team after contributing eight goals for the Trojans in the NCAA tourney.

 
Standout senior goalie Flora Bolonyai earned All-American Second Team honors capturing her fourth career All-American award - a feat that has only been done by five other Women of Troy in USC women's water polo history. While Bolonyai left her mark in the water, setting USC's all-time career saves record with 895 stops, she also flourished in the classroom as she is one of six Trojans on the honor roll for 2014.
 
Joining Bolonyai on the All-American Second Team is fellow senior Kaleigh Gilchrist while junior Eike Daube, freshman Stephania Haralabidis and senior Colleen O'Donnell all earned Honorable Mention recognition. 

Fall Is Coming

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USC football is 75 days away...

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Few But Mighty

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USC men's track and field came in fourth at the NCAA Championships posting back-to-back Top 5 finishes for the first time since 1976-77 despite qualifying only a handful of competitors for the second consecutive season. 

The Trojans racked up the points thanks in large part to seniors Aaron Brown and Aleec Harris who teamed up with BeeJay Lee and Terrence Abram to finish fourth in the 4x100m relay.  Individually, Brown claimed second in the 200m (20.02) and third in the 100m (10.07), while Harris was beaten in the 110m HH by a mere .02 posting 13.18.

Click here for the final recap.

The Women of Troy finished in a tie for 16th at the NCAA Championships as sophomore Tynia Gaither emerged as the breakout star.  She earned All-American status three times over for her eighth place finish in the 100m final, sixth place run in the 200m and runner-up relay with teammates Loudia Laarman, Jessica Davis and Alexis Faulknor in the 4x100m.  The sprinters relay grabbed the second-fastest time in school history of 43.00 (.04 seconds off the school record) and its best finish since 2001.

"I am very proud of this team this weekend," said USC Director of Track & Field Caryl Smith Gilbert. "We had a great finish to a wonderful meet.  They overcame a lot, worked hard and I think it is setting us up, men and women, for a very, very great year next year and is setting us up for recruiting. Our shield is being recognized and we are going to be able to do some awesome things in the years to come, so Fight On!"

Harris lost a photo finish to Oregon's Devon Allen.
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