By Jordan Moore on October 20, 2014 11:33 AM
USC women's soccer will hit the road after wrapping up its five match home stand with a 2-0 loss to Arizona State. The Women of Troy play the next four in the Pacific Northwest starting with Oregon (Friday) and Oregon State (Sunday).
The Trojans dominated the Sun Devils statistically racking up 25 shots to ASU's 11, but they could not find the back of the net.
"Once again I didn't think we came out with the intensity necessary to win the game from the start," said head coach Keidane McAlpine. "We then had to play from behind, and you can't do that in this league and expect to win games."
By Jordan Moore on October 6, 2014 1:40 PM
No. 4 USC men's water polo celebrated a resounding 14-5 victory over No. 5 UC Santa Barbara on Saturday and then commemorated the life of Jon Walters, who tragically died earlier this year, with a plaque that will live forever on the walls of the Uytengsu Aquatics Center.
The Walters' family, including his brother James who is a freshman this year, were part of the post-game ceremony. The photos of the plaque and the family are at the end of the John McGillen photo gallery below.
By Jordan Moore on October 6, 2014 11:18 AM
No. 18 USC women's soccer split its weekend home matches with the mountain schools dropping Friday's contest to Colorado 1-0 before bouncing back Sunday with a 2-0 win over Utah. The Women of Troy controlled the action against the Buffaloes, but could not push one over the line until Sunday when Alex Quincey slammed in a brace to beat the Utes.
The Trojans are a promising 8-2-2 on the season and 2-1 in Pac-12 play. The competition ramps up considerably this week with No. 12 California (Friday at Noon) and No. 3 Stanford (Sunday at 3 p.m.) coming to McAlister Field.
Here are the John McGillen photos from USC vs. Colorado:
By Jordan Moore on September 24, 2014 11:44 AM
USC is in an early 10-0 hole in the BMW Crosstown Cup standings after women's volleyball was swept by the Bruins at Galen Center last night, which follows men's water polo's loss to UCLA in the NorCal Tournament this past weekend.
The Women of Troy never found their feet last night losing 25-23, 25-13 and 27-25 to fall to 7-4 on the season. No. 9 USC will look to bounce back Friday night at Galen Center (6 p.m. start) against No. 19 Arizona State.
Here are the John McGillen photos from the Crosstown Showdown:
By Jordan Moore on September 22, 2014 12:06 PM
No. 15 USC women's soccer took its first loss of the season Sunday dropping a 2-1 decision to No. 12 Pepperdine, but the Women of Troy are still a healthy 6-1-2 on the campaign after setting a program record Friday by scoring nine goals in a game.
By Jordan Moore on September 10, 2014 1:23 PM
USC men's golf is in the midst of its fall schedule, and the Trojans impressed by taking second place at the Southwestern Intercollegiate. USC was topped only by Stanford as the Trojans received a strong performance from freshman Sean Crocker (5-under) who finished second individually.
By Jordan Moore on August 31, 2014 2:15 PM
The Trojans opened the 2014 season with a commanding win over the Fresno State Bulldogs. From Nelson Agholor's two scores to Bryce Dixon and Adoree' Jackson's first touchdowns of their USC careers, John McGillen captured all of the magic on Saturday. Here are his galleries...
By Jordan Moore on August 25, 2014 11:15 AM
USC football kicked off the new season in a ceremonial fashion Saturday with the annual Salute to Troy BBQ. The 1964 and 1989 Trojans were honored on their 50- and 25-year anniversaries, and the 2014 team was introduced to a packed crowd on Cromwell Field.
By Jordan Moore on August 19, 2014 11:03 AM
The Trojans played some real football last night at the Coliseum, albeit against each other, and the playmakers showed up including freshmen Adoree' Jackson and JuJu Smith who had return touchdowns on special teams.
USC head coach Steve Sarkisian, QB Cody Kessler and DL Leonard Williams enjoyed themselves at Pac-12 Media Day today at Paramount Studios in Los Angeles.
The Trojans morning mostly featured hopping from tent-to-tent and reporter-to-reporter answering question-after-question about the upcoming season and everything else under the sun. But, they had some fun too including a competitive game of "corn hole" and dressing up for a selfie.
By Jordan Moore on May 27, 2014 11:18 AM
USC baseball was one of the "first four" teams NOT to be selected to the NCAA Tournament. While the near miss is something of a disappointment, optimism is in growing supply at Dedeaux Field after the Trojans finished off a 29-24 campaign by taking two out of three from No. 1 Oregon State.
The Trojans have not made the postseason since 2005, and while that fact still holds true, the program's arrow is pointing up under second-year head coach Dan Hubbs. USC improved by nine wins over last season, including six more Pac-12 victories, thanks in large part to a strong group of leaders including the 2014 senior class.
The senior six-pack features J.R. Aguirre, James Guillen, Jake Hernandez (the team's leading hitter at .327), Sean Silva, Kevin Swick (the team's leader in hits and runs scored) and Bob Wheatley. The group was honored before Sunday's season finale (bottom photo gallery).
"Nothing can describe what these seniors have done for the USC baseball program," tweeted junior ace Wyatt Strahan.
Generally speaking, the roster is still young and the playoff drought is under serious threat with sophomore RHP Kyle Davis (team-best 1.12 ERA) and freshman C Jeremy Martinez (team-high .748 OPS) leading the charge.
Here are the John McGillen photos from Kyle Davis' gem and the senior sendoff:
As we documented and previewed last week, USC baseball welcomed home members of the five consecutive national championship teams from 1970-74 known as "The Five Jewels of the Crown" before Saturday's game at Dedeaux Field.
The all-star guest list included former big leaguers Fred Lynn, Dave Kingman, Roy Smalley, and Steve Kemp, as well as George Milke, the 1974 College World Series MVP and Russ McQueen, the 1972 College World Series MVP, and many other notables.
USC track and field split the annual Dual Meet with UCLA Sunday as the Women of Troy were victorious, but the men dropped a close one.
The meet marked the end of regular season play between the Trojans and Bruins in 2013-14. Here are the updated Gauntlet standings: USC 62.5, UCLA 52.5.
The Trojan Family has all but assured crosstown bragging rights, but the victory is not clinched until postseason play is completed as USC and UCLA could see each other again, which would potentially shake things up.
Here are the John McGillen photos from Drake Stadium in Westwood:
USC women's lacrosse enjoyed the unique experience of playing No. 5 Northwestern inside the friendly confines of historic Wrigley Field Saturday.
The Women of Troy fell to the Wildcats 12-7, but they bounced back to beat Marquette 11-5 Sunday in Milwaukee. Now, they head into the MPSF Tournament in Denver where the Trojans will open up with Oregon this Thursday.
John McGillen took the trip to the Windy City to provide all the lacrosse photos with a classic backdrop.
The first spring football season under head coach Steve Sarkisian is in the books, so let's recap what we learned.
The biggest difference on Howard Jones Field this spring was the pace of play. The Trojans are running their offense at breakneck speed, which will not only get opponent's on their heels come fall, but the USC defense will be fit to face all the no-huddle attacks in the Pac-12. Despite the increased tempo, the Trojans are still a run-first offense with a deep group of tailbacks competing for carries led by Buck Allen and Tre Madden. "Whoever plays us should be worried. We've got monsters in the
backfield," said WR Nelson Agholor.
Too Tough to Unseat
Sarkisian made it clear that no player would suffer from preconceived opinions, and every spot was up for grabs. However, in the end, Cody Kessler was too sharp and savvy to cede his spot to the hard charging Max Browne. Kessler displayed improved arm strength and accuracy, and appears to be the undisputed leader on offense. "Cody's got a really quick release, tremendous arm strength and he's really accurate down the field," praised Sarkisian. "I think we can win a lot of football games with Cody Kessler as our quarterback."
On the Nose
Spring football is a great showcase for players primed to break out. No player took better advantage than junior nose tackle Antwaun Woods who has matured into an unexpected leader and dominant run stuffer. "He has had a heck of a spring. I think Antwaun has really been the standard on the defensive side of the ball all spring long," said Sarkisian. "He's really a playmaker, he lives in the backfield. He does an amazing
job of making the ball bounce to the perimeter and he does it with
Center of Attention
USC was forced to shuffle its offensive line this spring to due to injuries and departures. Veteran Max Tuerk was the biggest chess piece to move as he takes over the center position vacated by Marcus Martin. Tuerk has always been considered a heady lineman who can play multiple spots, and the coaches trust him to make the correct calls at the line of scrimmage. "Max is a very talented player. He's very bright. He could probably play
three different positions on the offensive line," Sarkisian said. "We
have to see how we evolve up front. It is comforting to know that you
have an experienced player at center when you are operating at this
The torch has officially been passed. USC has been blessed with elite playmakers on the outside for the last handful of seasons, including record-setters Robert Woods and Marqise Lee, but now Nelson Agholor is the danger man. While several candidates battle for the No. 2 position, Agholor is undoubtedly the top target. "Nelson is a really good player," said Sarkisian. "He is a dynamic football player. I've been very impressed by him."
Help on the Way
When Sarkisian released his end of spring depth chart, 23 names were listed at the bottom under injured. The head coach expects all of them to be fully fit for fall camp plus a collection of exciting prospects from a Top 10 recruiting class. "I'm hopeful the next time we have a scrimmage like this in the middle
of Fall Camp that we are a little more efficient on both sides of the
ball," explained the head coach after the Spring Game. "There will be a lot more guys
participating by then too which will be key." The highlight additions include All-American DL Leonard Williams, Freshman All-American DB Su'a Cravens, CB Josh Shaw, RB Justin Davis, WR/DB JuJu Smith and WR/DB Adoree' Jackson.
Here are the John McGillen photos from the USC Spring Game:
Head coach Peter Smith had his players focused on one thing last week, but not what you would expect. Playing UCLA for the Pac-12 regular season title, he was more intent on beating the Bruins than controlling the conference. In the end, the Trojans owned both.
"The goal is always to beat UCLA," said Smith before the match. "We don't care
where we play them. We could play them at 8 a.m. in Chicago, we could
play them at 6 a.m. in Hawaii. Yes, winning the Pac-12 is something we'd
love to do, but mostly we just want to beat UCLA. Period. And that's
the beauty of the rivalry."
It was a beauty of a rivalry match in the end. The Trojans battled back after dropping the doubles' point thanks to singles winners No. 1 Yannick Hanfmann, No. 3 Roberto Quiroz, No. 4 Max de Vroome and No. 5 Eric Johnson.
Quiroz came through with the clinching victory and was promptly mobbed by his teammates after collapsing to the ground. Here are the John McGillen photos:
By Jordan Moore on April 21, 2014 11:07 AM
USC women's lacrosse celebrated its first ever Senior Day with a dramatic 11-10 victory over Stanford in the Coliseum. Ceilidh Meagher, the lone senior, started the day walking through a tunnel of lacrosse sticks with her parents and ended the afternoon inside a dog pile with her teammates.
The Women of Troy had fallen on hard luck in recent weeks. Once tied atop the conference, USC dropped three consecutive heartbreakers before finally seeing the ball bounce the Trojans' way on Sunday.
USC finished the MPSF regular season 6-3, and now hits the road for a big non-conference tilt with perennial power Northwestern inside historic Wrigley Field. John McGillen will travel with the Women of Troy to document their trip to the Windy City, and he also provided the photos from a picture perfect day at the Coliseum.
By Jordan Moore on April 18, 2014 10:08 AM
USC baseball received a huge lift from junior ace Wyatt Strahan who tossed a five-hit complete game shutout Thursday night to lead the Trojans to a 1-0 victory. The right-hander silenced the Arizona Wildcats lineup, which is considered the best in the Pac-12.
By Jordan Moore on April 17, 2014 10:59 AM
USC women's water polo celebrated its national championship-winning senior class Wednesday recognizing a decorated group featuring Flora Bolonyai, Kaleigh Gilchrist, Kelly Mendoza, Colleen O'Donnell, Olivia Cummins and Madeline Rosenthal.
The Women of Troy were unable to defeat UCLA dropping a physical 6-4 conference regular season finale, but they will likely see their rivals again in the MPSF and/or NCAA Championships, which will both be held at the Uytengsu Aquatics Center.
Here are the John McGillen photos from yesterday's rivalry clash:
By Jordan Moore on April 14, 2014 11:48 AM
No. 13 USC women's tennis honored senior All-Americans Kaitlin Christian and Brynn Boren Friday before the Women of Troy knocked off No. 19 Arizona State. The Trojans also swept Arizona to finish the home schedule with only a road trip to UCLA (Friday at 2 p.m. on Pac-12 Networks) left this regular season.
Boren has made an immediate impact in her one season at Troy as a transfer from Tennessee, but Christian will leave a lasting legacy winning the 2013 NCAA Doubles Championship with partner Sabrina Santamaria. The Christian/Santamaria tandem became the first NCAA doubles champions in USC history, and the first ever to complete the "Triple Crown" as doubles champs at the ITA All-American Championship,
the ITA National Indoors Championship and the NCAA Tournament.
Here are the John McGillen photos as Christian and Boren celebrated Senior Day with a team victory:
While All-Americans Flora Bolonyai and Monica Vavic are the core of No. 3 USC women's water polo, the Trojans have some new stars emerging in junior Eike Daube and freshmen twin sisters Ioanna and Stephania Haralabidis. Daube scored a career-high five goals in the most recent victory over UC Irvine, while the Haralabidis' sisters are both top five in goals scored this season on the team.
Here are the Trojans in action as John McGillen documented the 16-5 win over No. 6 UCI:
No. 2 USC men's tennis made short work of the Bay Area schools this weekend sweeping both Stanford and No. 18 California. The Trojans have rolled up 13 consecutive dual match victories to move to 22-2 on the season.
USC will make its final road trip of the regular season this weekend through Arizona (Friday at 1:30 p.m. PT) and Utah (Sunday at Noon). The big match on the horizon is the Pac-12 finale against UCLA on Friday, April 18, at Marks Stadium.
Here are the John McGillen photos from the Trojans sweep of the Cardinal:
By Jordan Moore on March 31, 2014 11:07 AM
USC baseball endured a rough weekend getting swept by the Washington Huskies. After blowout losses on Friday and Saturday, the Trojans battled for 14 innings to salvage the series on Sunday before giving up 5 runs in the final frame.
USC women's lacrosse got back to business in conference play dominating San Diego State 13-9 to move to 2-0 in the MPSF and 4-4 on the season. The Women of Troy attack was spearheaded by sophomore Caroline de Lyra who had four goals and two assists.
No. 1 Pepperdine sand volleyball had never lost in regular season play until the Women of Troy did the honors Tuesday. Now, No. 2 USC has a claim on the top spot and the confidence to ride past the Waves if the teams meet again in the postseason.
In perhaps the biggest dual match win in the program's three-year history, USC dominated Pepperdine 4-1 at Merle Norman Stadium. By doing so, the Women of Troy avenged their only loss of the season moving to 8-1 on the campaign.
USC women's basketball had its most successful season in years despite the heartbreaking loss that brought it to a sudden end. The Pac-12 Tournament champions left it all on the floor against St. John's in the NCAA Tournament.
USC women's basketball head coach Cynthia Cooper-Dyke is a living legend in her sport. In case the Women of Troy did not already know that, they found out today on a tour of the Women's Basketball Hall of Fame.
Here is a John McGillen photo gallery of the experience:
By Jordan Moore on March 12, 2014 3:43 PM
Before taking to the field, the group of Trojans participating in Pro Day were measured and tested in the John McKay Center in front of a large audience of NFL scouts. The inside drills included vertical jump, broad jump and bench press. Here are the photos via John McGillen:
USC and UCLA engaged in a classic rivalry matchup Sunday with the Bruins prevailing 6-5 thanks to a run in the ninth. The Trojans are looking to snap a four-game losing skid on Tuesday when they welcome Loyola Marymount to Dedeaux Field (6 p.m. first pitch).
Thanks to a sold out crowd yesterday, here are some great photos by John McGillen:
No. 1 USC women's golf has now won nine of its last 10 tournaments after beating UCLA and the field by 13 strokes at the Bruin Wave Invitational. The Women of Troy occupied the top three spots on the individual leaderboard with sophomore Kyung Kim taking the crown, and Doris Chen and Annie Park tying for second.
"I'm really proud of the team for coming back this week and dominating at this course," USC Coach Andrea Gaston said. "It's one of the most difficult courses we'll play all year. We had
little time to prepare, and had to practice between rainstorms, but they
got it done."
USC baseball waited, waited and then waited some more this weekend before finally playing a late afternoon doubleheader on Sunday with No. 11 Cal Poly at Dedeaux Field. The Mustangs took game one, but the Trojans responded with a 16-0 demolition in the nightcap paced by SP Bob Wheatley who tossed seven scoreless innings including a career-high 10 strikeouts.
The three-game series had to be abbreviated to two thanks to Friday and Saturday's rain showers. The Top 25 win is a boost for the Trojans heading into another big week which includes a trip to play Mike Gillespie's UC Irvine Anteaters on Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. and a home stand versus Houston, Pepperdine and No. 13 UCLA (Sunday at 1 p.m.).
Here are the John McGillen photos from Sunday's victory:
By Jordan Moore on February 28, 2014 11:35 AM
USC women's tennis is on a 4-match winning streak heading into high profile duals at Texas (Sunday at Noon) and home to UCLA (Friday, March 7 at 3 p.m.). The Trojans dominated St. Mary's Thursday 6-1 with NCAA champions Sabrina Santamaria and Kaitlyn Christian comfortably winning in singles and doubles.
By Jordan Moore on February 24, 2014 10:58 AM
While USC women's basketball wanted to send out its senior class with a victory, the Women of Troy were tripped up by Cal Sunday. Nevertheless, the Trojan Family honored seniors Cassie Harberts, Desiree Bradley, Kate Oliver and Rachel Totten, and the quartet all marked their final home game by scoring at least one bucket apiece.
Harberts, who still has two more games plus postseason play to go in her USC career, will be the biggest loss. She is in the top eight all-time in scoring and rebounding. In her final home game, she had 18 points, scoring in double figures for the 11th consecutive contest.
Here are the Pierson Clair photos from an emotional day:
By Jordan Moore on February 18, 2014 11:24 AM
Monday marked what would have been Rod Dedeaux's 100th birthday. The legendary manager led USC baseball to 11 national championships.
At the field which already bears his name, Dedeaux was immortalized on Sunday as a statue of his likeness was unveiled before the Trojans defeated Northwestern to complete a season-opening three-game sweep.
Here are the John McGillen photos of the unveiling featuring USC president Max Nikias, athletic director Pat Haden, close friend and former Dodgers manager Tommy Lasorda, future Hall of Fame pitcher Randy Johnson, senior associate AD Don Winston, head baseball coach Dan Hubbs and his son Justin Dedeaux.
By Jordan Moore on February 18, 2014 10:21 AM
If the first series of the season is any indication, the Dedeaux Field groundskeepers will be put to the test this spring. The Trojans worked overtime on Friday (11 innings) and Saturday (15 innings) to complete dramatic victories before sweeping the weekend set from Northwestern on Sunday (only 9 innings).
The three-game sweep featured several heroes, but the relief pitching was key providing 18.1 innings giving up only 2 runs. In particular, Jeff Paschke and Nigel Nootbaar combined to throw 8 innings of shutout relief to extend Saturday's marathon.
In terms of walk-off heroes, Frankie Rios scored the winning run on a Northwestern error in the 11th on Friday, while freshman Joe Corrigan delivered the game-winning sacrifice fly to score Dante Flores on Saturday. Sophomore A.J. Ramirez carried the offense on Sunday going 4-for-4 with 3 RBI, while Vahn Bozoian cracked the team's first homerun of the season.
Next up: No. 3 Cal State Fullerton comes into Dedeaux Field tonight at 6 p.m. Here are the John McGillen photos from Sunday's win:
By Jordan Moore on February 12, 2014 12:25 PM
No. 1 USC women's golf's historic run continued this week as the reigning national champions captured the Northrop Grumman Regional Challenge, the team's eighth consecutive tournament victory. The win mirrored so many of the ones before it as the Trojans dominated the field by seven strokes, and sophomore Annie Park claimed the individual crown for the school-record tying fifth time in her young career.
By Jordan Moore on February 12, 2014 10:48 AM
USC women's basketball got back on track Saturday blowing out the Bruins and sweeping the crosstown series maintaining Cynthia Cooper-Dyke's immaculate record against UCLA as a player and a coach. The Women of Troy, who were led by Cassie Harberts' 17 points and 9 rebounds, are back on the road this week with a trip to Oregon (Friday at 7:30 p.m. on Pac-12 Networks) and Oregon State (Sunday at Noon on Pac-12 Networks).
Here are the John McGillen photos from the rivalry win during which the Trojans never trailed:
By Jordan Moore on February 12, 2014 10:35 AM
Thanks to a lucky break in scheduling, Taj Gibson was able to join his former USC teammate Nick Young at the men's basketball game vs. UCLA on Saturday before the their respective NBA teams, the Bulls and Lakers, squared off on Sunday.
Young is currently sitting out with a knee injury, but Taj Gibson is enjoying a starting role in Chicago averaging 22.7 points per game and 10.3 rebounds per contest over the last three games including a win over the Lakers.
By Jordan Moore on February 10, 2014 10:37 AM
Thousands of local kids enjoyed a day on the USC campus to understand the value of higher education. After tours led by Trojan student-athletes, the next generation experienced a Women of Troy victory over UCLA and an all-around fun day at Galen Center.
By Jordan Moore on February 10, 2014 9:15 AM
For swimming and diving, dual meets coincide with rigorous pool work to build up stamina and speed in anticipation for the NCAA Championships. So, while No. 3 USC still likes its chances this March in Austin, Texas, the Trojans were swept by the Bay Area schools this past weekend at Uytengsu Aquatics Center.
With all the VIPs in the building, including Matt Leinart, Sam Cunningham, Rodney Peete, Randy Johnson, Tina Thompson, Cynthia Cooper-Dyke, John Naber, Paul Westphal and Tom Kelly, we needed three photographers to cover the event. Here are all the photos courtesy of John McGillen, Jenn Kassar and Pierson Clair...
By Jordan Moore on February 3, 2014 12:58 PM
USC women's swimming and diving dominated No. 1 Cal on Friday, including beating four-time Olympic gold medalist Missy Franklin in a pair of races. The Women of Troy split the weekend dropping Saturday's meet to No. 4 Stanford.
By Jordan Moore on January 31, 2014 10:00 AM
The new Heritage Hall will be open to the public starting Monday, and all fans, students and faculty will be welcome inside the USC Athletics' museum from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, as well as 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturdays.
The $35 million renovation project turned a 48,000 square foot space into an 80,000 square foot state-of-the-art facility which includes an interactive two-story museum in the lobby as well as offices for USC athletic administrators and coaches, a sports performance center, a broadcast studio, a
lounge for Women of Troy student-athletes, a rowing ergometer room and an
indoor golf driving area, plus new locker rooms, meeting rooms, equipment
room and event space.
And finally, the new Heritage Hall unveiled in two John McGillen photo galleries...
By Jordan Moore on January 27, 2014 10:58 AM
Both USC men's and women's tennis emerged victorious in the first two dual matches of the spring season as part of the ITA Kick-Off Weekend. No. 4 Men's tennis swept Santa Clara and Wichita State, while the No. 6 Women of Troy blanked North Texas and Saint Mary's.
Next up: Women's tennis hosts Pepperdine on Thursday at 3 p.m. The men's team will be at Marks Stadium this weekend for the Pac-12/SEC Showdown featuring dual matches with fellow national powers Georgia (Saturday at 1 p.m.) and Florida (Sunday at 1 p.m.).
Here are a pair of John McGillen photo galleries from last weekend, one for each team:
By Jordan Moore on January 23, 2014 10:36 AM
USC men's basketball head coach Andy Enfield collected the first Pac-12 win of his tenure guiding the Trojans past Cal at Galen Center last night. USC was led by freshman Nikola Jovanovic who posted a career-high 23 points.
Senior captain Cassie Harberts earned Pac-12 Player of the Week for her stat-stuffing performances. She finished with 22 points in the win over the Beavers to move into the program's all-time top 10 in scoring, and followed that with 30 points and a career-high 7 assists on Sunday.
The Trojans are hitting on all cylinders as the biggest road trip of the season looms this upcoming weekend. USC, 6-1 in Pac-12 play, travels to No. 16 California (Friday at 6 p.m.) and No. 4 Stanford (Monday at 6 p.m.) for a shot at conference supremacy.
Here are the John McGillen photos of the record-setting performance against Oregon:
By Jordan Moore on January 15, 2014 12:02 PM
No. 5 USC men's volleyball came back to beat No. 7 UC Irvine, the two-time defending national champions, in a five-set classic last night at Galen Center. The Trojans are off to a perfect 3-0 start thanks in large part to the freshman class including Lucas Yoder, who had a career-best 21 kills, and Andy Benesh, who had a career-high 15 kills hitting .789.
USC will face another stiff home test on Thursday night against No. 3 Pepperdine at 7 p.m.
Here are the photos from last night's victory courtesy of John McGillen:
By Jordan Moore on December 19, 2013 6:13 PM
The Trojans practiced at Bishop Gorman High School this afternoon in preparation for Saturday's game.
With a wind chill quickly descending on the practice field once the sun went down, interim head coach Clay Helton kept his media session short. He was self-deprecating calling himself "a third string coach," but extremely complimentary of his team and what they have accomplished this season. "They are the definition of our sports motto Fight On," he said.
Forgetting the city or the bowl game, Helton explained that the team is far more motivated for the Las Vegas Bowl because of the opportunity to win 10 games. "When you are trying to get a double digit win, that's a special thing," he said. "We have talked about finishing and making our Trojan Family proud. We want this team to be remembered. It's not a wasted year. With 47 scholarship players going out on the field on Saturday...to get that 10th win would be something very special and would hopefully catapult USC into even bigger things under Coach Sarkisian."
Junior TE Xavier Grimble is enjoying his Las Vegas homecoming trip, and he got to practice at his high school today, which boasts impressive facilities. Grimble's teammates were joking with him that Bishop Gorman was so nice that he downgraded when he came to USC. The players were calling it "Bishop Gorman University." Grimble was quick to remind everyone that he never lost on that field.
Grimble has been the Vegas tour guide for his teammates. He is chaperoning the team on the Strip, but he is also showing them inner city Las Vegas, which is where he grew up. "I am proud of where I am from," he said. "Vegas is more than just the lights that you see."
Grimble has accumulated "30-something" tickets for Saturday, and he is working to find more for friends and family.
Here are the John McGillen photos from today's practice...
By Jordan Moore on December 10, 2013 11:01 AM
Written by Matt Ackels, Director of Community Outreach
This Saturday, over 170 student-athletes visited 32nd Street School for the 3rd Annual Community Bowl, a day of mentorship, campus beautification, and sport.
Despite the incessant rain and cold temperatures, the Trojans joined children and families to undertake eleven beautification projects to renovate the elementary school campus across the street from USC. From spray painting murals to planting vegetable gardens to replacing tattered basketball nets, the athletes got their hands dirty, and wet, during a hard day's work. After the projects, attendees were rewarded with reading time, a healthy lunch, and a field day of events.
The day was made possible by the aid of the Trojan Athletic Parents Association, whose donations of time and materials facilitated the expansive school makeover. The project was funded by the Otis Booth Community Outreach Endowment for USC Athletics.
By Jordan Moore on December 9, 2013 11:31 AM
USC men's basketball blew out Boston College by 16 in the second half last night at Galen Center to move to 5-0 at home this season. The Trojans earned ovations for some remarkable alley-oops, but they also showed a defensive stinginess holding the Eagles to a season-low in points.
By Jordan Moore on December 2, 2013 10:26 AM
USC women's volleyball is the No. 6 overall seed going into the NCAA Tournament, and the Women of Troy have the opportunity to play four home games en route to the Final Four in Seattle. The Trojans will open up with New Hampshire on Thursday at 7:30 p.m. PT at Galen Center.
If USC advances to the second round, the Trojans will play the winner of Colorado State and CSU Northridge. Galen Center is the host site for the Regional Championships (December 13-14), so the Women of Troy would remain home for the Sweet 16 and Elite 8 if they continue to win.
Pac-12 champion Washington, which beat the Trojans twice this season, is the top seed in USC's quadrant. Before seeing the Huskies in a potential Regional Final, the Women of Troy would be favored to meet No. 11 Hawaii.
The Trojans finished the regular season 26-5 by sweeping Colorado on Senior Day. Here are the Pierson Clair photos...
By Jordan Moore on November 21, 2013 11:27 AM
No. 4 USC men's water polo is facing adversity on the road to a sixth consecutive national championship. The Trojans head to Westwood tonight having lost a pair of MPSF games for the first time since 2010.
Before USC and Stanford played out a Coliseum classic on Saturday, the Trojans and Cardinal created similar drama at the Uytengsu Aquatics Center. In that case though, Stanford took home a dramatic victory in double overtime (John McGillen photos below).
USC responded with a narrow 10-8 win over Long Beach State Sunday, and now faces No. 2 UCLA tonight at 7:30 p.m. (LIVE on ESPN3 and tape delayed on ESPNU at 9:30 p.m.). The Trojans and Bruins have split the season series in 2013, so precious Gauntlet points are at stake as well (UCLA leads the Gauntlet 12.5 to 5).
This is the final regular season game for USC before next week's MPSF Tournament in Stockton, which the Trojans will likely need to win to make the NCAA Tournament.
By Jordan Moore on November 4, 2013 10:37 AM
Befitting a season of one goal games, USC women's soccer pulled off a dramatic double overtime winner from the penalty spot to cap an emotional Senior Day at McAlister Field. Both Women of Troy goals came from penalty kicks with senior Elizabeth Eddy cashing the first opportunity, and sophomore Jamie Fink netting the game-winner at Oregon State's expense.
By Jordan Moore on October 28, 2013 4:08 PM
USC men's and women's basketball put on a show for the fans Sunday at the Trojan Tip-Off. The Galen Center crowd was treated to a pair of scrimmages and a three-point shooting contest, which was won by SG Katin Reinhardt.
By Jordan Moore on October 28, 2013 1:26 PM
In a showdown of top five teams, No. 3 Washington took down No. 4 USC women's volleyball in four sets Sunday night at Galen Center. The Women of Troy rocked pink warmups to raise awareness for breast cancer research.
By Jordan Moore on October 17, 2013 12:06 PM
With the Trojans just a couple days away from entering Notre Dame Stadium, John McGillen captured the action on the practice field which thankfully included the return to health of several key players.
By Jordan Moore on October 7, 2013 1:14 PM
USC women's volleyball reclaimed its spot atop the national rankings after beating Stanford and Cal this past weekend at Galen Center. Women of Troy trio Alexis Olgard (offensive player of the week), Natalie Hagglund (defensive player of the week) and Ebony Nwanebu (freshman of the week) swept the Pac-12 weekly awards.
By Jordan Moore on October 7, 2013 10:31 AM
No. 2 USC men's water polo opened conference play with a statement victory on Saturday bludgeoning UC Irvine 18-7 at Uytengsu Aquatics Center. The five-time defending national champions scored the first seven goals of the match.
By Jordan Moore on September 26, 2013 2:46 PM
No. 4 USC women's volleyball moved to 11-1 on the season after opening Pac-12 play with a four-set rivalry win over UCLA. The Women of Troy controlled the match throughout led by strong performances from senior Alexis Olgard (career-high 13 kills) and freshman Ebony Nwanebu (career-best 17 kills).
Here are the John McGillen photos from a fun night at Galen Center:
By Jordan Moore on September 23, 2013 10:29 AM
USC women's soccer is off to a solid 5-3-1 start after the Women of Troy were beaten in overtime by Cal State Fullerton on Sunday.
The Trojans' goal came 37 seconds into the game as Megan Borman followed up on a rebound from Jordan Marada's shot. Despite a 24-7 advantage in attempts on goal, USC was unable to cash in the rest of the way giving up an equalizer in the 16th minute and the game-winner in the 108th minute.
This week, USC enters Pac-12 play as futbol joins football in Tempe for a Sunday clash with Arizona State.