Nov. 3, 1997
USC Athletics The Week in Review / Preview
Sport Record Conf. Nat'l Rank Last Week
Women's Cross Country -- -- 30th (Coaches) 6th at Pac-10 Championships
Football 4-4 2-3 lost to Washington, 27-0
Men's Golf 12th (Golfweek) none
Women's Golf -- -- 20th (Rolex) none
Women's Soccer 14-3-1 5-2 19th (Soccer Buzz) lost to Arizona State, 3-2 def. Arizona, 6-3
Women's Volleyball 17-4 9-4 7th (AVCA) def. California, 3-0 lost to Stanford, 3-1
Men's Water Polo 14-4 3-2 2nd (AWPCA) def. UC San Diego, 14-5 def. UC Santa Barbara, 8-3
The Week in Preview
Nov. 3, 1997
Men's Golf, at Rolex Match Play Team Championship, at Miami, FL, through Monday
Women's Soccer, vs. Washington State, El Camino College, 2 p.m.
Women's Volleyball, vs. Oregon, North Gym, 7 p.m.
Men's Basketball, exhibition vs. Slam & Jam, Lyon Center, 7 p.m.
Men's Water Polo, vs. Stanford, McDonald's Swim Stadium, 10 a.m.
Football, vs. Stanford, L.A. Coliseum, 12:30 p.m. (ABC-TV)
Women's Volleyball, vs. Oregon State, North Gym, 7 p.m.
Men's Water Polo, vs. Long Beach State, McDonald's Swim Stadium, Noon
Women's Soccer, vs. Washington, L.A. Coliseum, 1 p.m.
Women's Basketball, exhibition vs. Myjava, Lyon Center, 2 p.m.
Men's Basketball, exhibition vs. Washington Dunk, Lyon Center, 7 p.m.
Women's Cross Country
Sophomore Grazyna Penc placed eighth in 17:35 to lead the Women of Troy to a sixth-place finish at the Pac-10 Championships, hosted by Stanford, on Saturday. Sophomore Kristie Johnston was 27th, freshman Anna Lopacivch was 33rd, junior Tina Kefalas was 42nd and freshman Katie McGraw was 43rd.
No. 7 Washington blanked USC, 27-0, at Husky Stadium and in the process limited the Trojans to 157 total yards (only 86 passing) and never allowed them inside the UW 35-yard line. It was the first time Troy had been shut out since a 31-0 loss at Washington in 1990. USC's defense allowed Washington just 31 rushing yards, the Huskies' lowest output since 1989.
USC split two matches at home against the Arizona schools, putting the team on the bubble for the NCAA Tournament. The Women of Troy close out the regular season this week against the Washington schools. The Women of Troy lost to Arizona State, 3-2, on Friday in their first-ever loss at the Coliseum. Goals by junior forward Courtney Barham and sophomore midfielder Kim Clark weren't enough to overcome three miscues. USC rebounded to blast Arizona, 6-3, on Sunday as Barham had two goals and an assist and Clark and junior midfielder Carol Hatcher each had a goal and an assist.
Men's and Women's Swimming and Diving
Many swimmers posted impressive times at the USC Invitational last weekend at the McDonald's Swim Stadium. Highlighting the competition were NCAA automatic qualifying times (rare this early in the season) by senior Lenny Krayzelburg (200 back, 1:43.91) and freshman Brittany White (400 IM, 4:17.13). Several swimmers posted NCAA consideration times, including juniors Karen Campbell, Lindsay Benko and Bela Szabados and sophomore Kim Black.
USC took a split away from its Bay Area trip, beating California and falling to Stanford. The Women of Troy defeated the Bears, 15-7, 17-15, 15-5, on Friday. Junior outside hitter Jennifer Kessy and junior middle blocker Jasmina Marinkovic each had 12 kills and Marinkovic added seven blocks in the win.
The Women of Troy then fell to Stanford on Sunday, 15-3, 15-7, 11-15, 15-2. Redshirt freshman Antoinette Polk had a career-high 15 kills. USC's Game 3 win was only the second game Stanford has lost in the Pac-10 season.
Men's Water Polo
Athletes of the Week
USC put together two outstanding efforts and defeated UC San Diego, 14-5, on Saturday in a nonconference game at the McDonald's Swim Stadium, and UC Santa Barbara, 8-3, on the road on Sunday in an MPSF match. Senior driver Simun Cimerman scored four points in the win over the Tritons, and freshman 2-meter man Sean Hylton had three goals in the win against the Gauchos. Sophomore goalie Darin Smith had five and nine saves, respectively.
Darin Smith, Men's Water Polo
Smith, a sophomore backup goalie, filled in admirably in USC's two wins this week. He had nine saves and held UC Santa Barbara to just three goals, the fewest USC has ever given up in an MPSF game.
Kyle Spencer, Men's Tennis
Spencer, a senior, won the Rolex Southern California Regional Tournament this weekend, beating UCLA's Jason Cook, 6-4, 6-2, in the final.
Brittany White, Women's Swimming
White, a freshman, swimming in her first official college meet, had an NCAA automatic qualifying time of 4:17.13 in the 400 IM at the USC Invitational.