Sept. 29, 1997
USC Athletics The Week in Review / Preview
Sport Record Conf. Nat'l Rank Last Week
Women's Cross Country -- -- 30th (Coaches) 1st at UC Riverside Invitational
Football 1-2 1-1 -- def. California, 27-17
Men's Golf -- -- 21st (Golfweek) none
Women's Golf -- -- -- 8th at Dick McGuire Invitational
Women's Soccer 7-1-1 0-0 -- def. Loyola Marymount, 4-1
Women's Volleyball 10-1 3-1 7th (AVCA) lost to Washington State, 3-2
def. Washington, 3-1
Men's Water Polo 6-2 0-1 2nd (AWPCA) def. UC Davis, 15-4
lost to California, 9-8
Monday: Men's Golf, at New Mexico "Ping-Golfweek NCAA Preview", through Tuesday
Wednesday: Women's Soccer, vs. Cal State Northridge, L.A. Coliseum, 4 p.m.
Friday: Women's Volleyball, vs. Stanford, North Gym, 6 p.m.
Men's Water Polo, at UCLA, 4 p.m.
Women's Golf, at North Carolina "Lady Tar Heel Golf Tournament", through Sunday
Saturday: Women's Volleyball, vs. California, North Gym, 4 p.m.
Football, vs. UNLV, L.A. Memorial Coliseum, 7:15 p.m. (FSW2)
Women's Cross Country, at Biola Invitational
Sunday: Women's Soccer, vs. UC Irvine, L.A. Coliseum, 1 p.m.
Women's Cross Country
Freshman Anna Lopacivch won the UC Riverside Invitational in a time of 17:19 on Saturday and helped the Women of Troy to a first-place finish among college teams. Sophomore Grazyna Penc was fifth in 18:02 and sophomore Kristie Johnston was sixth in 18:12. Not counting non-college runners, the Trojan runners finished one-two-three.
USC placed eighth at the Dick McGuire Invitational in New Mexico over the weekend, shooting a 922 and finishing 22 strokes behind the winner, Texas Christian. Freshman Nicole Dalkas was Troy's top finisher with a four-over-par 223, good for a tie for seventh place. Senior Ida Danielsson tied for 31st, sophomore Linda Ishii tied for 41st, senior Danielle LaVoie tied for 48th and junior Johanna Josefsson tied for 51st.
Behind a revived running attack and an inspired defensive effort, USC notched its first victory of 1997 by defeating California, 27-17, in Berkeley on Saturday. USC came into the game ranked 112th (and last) in the nation in rushing offense, but got 129 yards and two touchdowns on 32 carries from senior tailback LaVale Woods. Sophomore quarterback John Fox (15-of-28, 250 yards) threw two touchdown passes to sophomore wide receiver R. Jay Soward (seven catches, 148 yards).
The Trojan defense was stellar, holding the Bears to 315 total yards and just 31 rushing yards. Junior safety Rashard Cook, the Pac-10 Defensive Player of the Week, led Troy with eight tackles, three for losses, and intercepted a first-quarter pass to set up USC's first score.
Junior midfielder Erica De Vitis scored two goals to lead USC to a 4-1 victory over Loyola Marymount on Friday at the Coliseum. Freshman forward Megan Orach and junior forward Courtney Barham also scored for the Women of Troy. Sophomore midfielder Kim Clark had two assists while Orach and freshman defender Andrea Warner each had one.
Sophomore forward Isabelle Harvey, the 1996 Pac-10 scoring champion, made her return from knee surgery and played about 30 minutes off the bench without attempting a shot.
USC lost its first match of the season on Friday night, falling at No. 6 Washington State, 16-14, 15-11, 3-15, 12-15, 15-10, but came back to defeat Washington, 15-10, 10-15, 15-11, 17-15, on Saturday. In the loss to the Cougars, game five was tied, 9-9, but the Cougars pulled out the win.
Junior middle blocker Jasmina Marinkovic continued her hot play, getting 26 kills and a .477 hitting percentage against the Cougars and 17 kills and 11 blocks against the Huskies. Junior outside hitter Jennifer Kessy had 22 kills and 17 digs against Washington and 21 kills against WSU.
Men's Water Polo
The Trojans hammered UC Davis, 15-4, on Friday, but lost to California, 9-8, on Saturday in their MPSF opener. Marko Pintaric scored five goals against the Aggies, while Allen Basso led with three points against the Golden Bears. The Trojans rallied from three points down in the fourth quarter against Cal to tie the match, but the Bears got the game-winner with 1:19 left in the game.
Athletes of the Week
Nicole Dalkas, Women's Golf
Dalkas, a freshman, placed seventh at the Dick McGuire Invitational in New Mexico after shooting a four-over-par 223.
Anna Lopacivch, Women's Cross Country
Lopacivch, a freshman, won the UC Riverside Invitational in a time of 17:19 and helped the Women of Troy to the team title.
LaVale Woods, Football
Woods, a senior tailback, helped revitalize the Trojan running game against California with 129 yards and two touchdowns on 32 carries.