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USC MVB - Nygaard at the Net: Week 10

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No. 14 USC men's volleyball was swept on the road at No. 4 Hawai'i this weekend, bringing the team's record to 6-12 on the season.

Despite the losses, head coach Jeff Nygaard was glad to have battled the Warriors in case the Trojans face them again in the postseason. Watch him break down the games and preview USC's eight upcoming home matches in the latest edition of Nygaard at the Net:

Down Go The Bruins At Dodger Stadium

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Written by Max Holm, USC blog contributor

USC baseball traveled up to Dodger Stadium on Sunday to face UCLA in the Dodger Stadium College Baseball Classic. Despite falling in an early hole, the Trojans turned around their fortunes and defeat the Bruins in 10 innings.

Click here for the full recap.

The Trojans trailed 3-0 in Sunday's contest, but came to life in the 6th inning. Lars Nootbaar got the team on the board with a two-run triple to make it a one-run game. Later in the inning, Matthew Acosta came up to bat with two outs and delivered a clutch game-tying single.

Extra innings ensued thanks to lights out pitching from the Trojans' bullpen. Freshman relief pitcher Chris Clarke got the Trojans out of a jam in the fourth inning and went on to throw 5.2 scoreless innings. Clarke allowed just one hit, struck out a career-high five batters and won his first career collegiate game. After Clarke's stellar outing the game went to extra innings.

From there, Nootbaar rose to the occasion again, this time with two outs. The sophomore from El Segundo knocked in John Thomas with a huge single for the game-winning run.

In the bottom of the 10th, sophomore Solomon Bates came in and shut down the Bruins with a 1-2-3 inning. Bates secured the first save of his college career and the Trojans improved to 7-4 on the year.

Click here for the highlights of the Trojans' win over the Bruins.

Next up for the Trojans is a visit to San Diego State on Tuesday, March 7th at 6 p.m. PT.

Trojans Shine at NFL Combine

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Trojans Shine at NFL Combine

McGillen Gallery: USC vs. UW

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USC men's basketball closed out the regular season with a win over Washington on Senior Day this weekend. Official team photographer John McGillen captured the best moments from what turned into a dunk-fest, plus one special moment for Samer Dhillon.

Trojans Grab Bronze

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Behind winning performances by senior Steven Stumph and sophomore Carsten Vissering, USC men's swim team finished third in this weekend's Pac-12 Tournament.

No. 13 USC finished behind No. 5 Stanford and No. 1 Cal at the championships after winning the title last season.

Stumph, a co-captain, finished the weekend strong by becoming the first Trojan to ever three-peat in the 200y breast. His time of 1:53.08 helped him become the seventh 200y breast winner in USC history.

Before Stumph wrote his name in the record books, Vissering brought home USC's first title in the 100y breast since 2003. He improved upon his second-place finish last year to finish in 51.45 seconds, nearly a full second ahead of the runner-up.

The Trojans now enjoy a two-week break in competition before shipping out to Indianapolis for the NCAA Championships from March 22-25.

Row, Row, Row Your Boat

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Just before USC men's basketball heads to Vegas for the Pac-12 Tournament, USC women's rowing competed in the Lake Las Vegas Collegiate Invitational this weekend.

The Trojans squared up against Washington in the preseason bout, winning the 1000m Varsity 8+, the 500m Varsity 8+ and the 1000m Varsity 4+, but falling in the 2000m races.

Click here for the full recap!

The event served as one final tune-up before USC's season opener on April 1 at the 44th San Diego Crew Classic in Mission Bay.

Picked Up Where They Left Off

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This weekend, USC's back-to-back national champion beach volleyball team kicked off its quest for a three-peat with two wins over No. 3 UCLA and No. 4 Pepperdine.

To no one's surprise, Kelly Claes and Sara Hughes got the Trojans off on the right foot against UCLA. USC got wins on Courts 1, 3 and 5 to clinch a 3-2 win over its crosstown rival in its season-opener.

Later in the day at Zuma Beach, USC topped Pepperdine to earn its 32nd consecutive team win. Claes and Hughes, meanwhile, extended their win streak as a duo to 75 straight matches. Abril Bustamante and Joy Dennis bounced back from a loss earlier in the day to clinch the match against the Waves, helping lift the Trojans to a 4-1 victory.

The top-ranked Trojans are back in action on Friday when they host an international exhibition against pairs from Poland, China and Team USA. First serve is set for 11 a.m.

Michigan Goes Down at Marks

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USC women's tennis pulled off an impressive upset of No. 4 Michigan on Friday to get back on track after two tough losses.

Read the full recap here!

The No. 32 Trojans kicked off the match with a tough doubles slate, going up against the No. 1 pair and the No. 28 pair in the nation, and falling on both courts. But after dropping the doubles point, freshman Sydney Van Alphen went straight to work, evening up the score with a dominant straight-sets win on Court 6.

Michigan pulled ahead with a win on Court 5, but USC rattled off three straight wins to clinch, plus another for good measure, to win the match 5-2. The Trojans mustered two three-set victories and two tiebreak victories to pull off the upset at Marks Stadium.

Sophomore Rianna Valdes was the clincher, upsetting Michigan's 125th-ranked player, 6-3, 4-6, 6-4. All three of USC's ranked players topped Michigan's ranked players, in addition to Valdes toppling her ranked opponent.

On the horizon for the Trojans is another matchup with No. 7 Cal, to whom they fell last month, this Friday at 1:30 p.m. The next day, they host No. 16 Stanford at noon.

Trojans Hush the Huskies

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Trojans Hush the Huskies

Taj's Tremendous Shot

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Last night, USC alum and newly minted Oklahoma City Thunder forward Taj Gibson dropped jaws when he drained a three-quarter court buzzer beater at halftime.


Gibson was playing just his fourth game in a Thunder uniform, after being traded to OKC by the Chicago Bulls during the NBA All-Star Break. The Bulls drafted Gibson 26th overall in 2009, and he left the franchise having played in 562 games and scoring 5,280 points.

But Gibson's impact on the organization went far beyond his stats on the court. In a recent SB Nation article, the author explored how Gibson's unwavering loyalty and work ethic earned him the motto "Hard Hat, Lunch Pail," coined by Bulls announcer Stacey King.

Gibson suits up again in blue, orange and gold tonight when the Thunder take on the Suns in Phoenix.