Athletics News

    Jan. 27, 1997

    The Week in Review/Preview

    Sport                         Record  Conf. Record    Nat'l Rank          Last Week
    Baseball                       2-0        0-0         3rd (Base. Amer.)   def. Cal State Los Angeles, 17-4
                                                                              def. Cal State Los Angeles, 8-1
    Men's Basketball               9-7        4-3         ---                 lost to UCLA, 96-87
                                                                              lost to Cincinnati, 100-81
    Women's Basketball            12-4        6-1         ---                 def. UCLA, 60-56
    Men's Golf                     ---        ---         5th (Golfweek)      none
    Women's Golf                   ---        ---         29th (Rolex)        none
    Men's Swimming & Diving        5-0        2-0         7th (Speedo)        def. UC Irvine, 241-56
    Women's Swimming & Diving      6-0        2-0         4th (Speedo)        def. UC Irvine, 236-53
    Men's Tennis                   1-1        0-0         21st (Rolex)        def. TCU, 5-2
    Women's Tennis                 1-0        0-0         19th (Rolex)        def. UC Santa Barbara, 
    Men's Volleyball               2-2        1-0         15th (VB Magazine)  def. UC San Diego, 3-1
                                                                              lost to Ohio State, 3-2
                                                                              def. I-P Fort Wayne, 3-0
    Season Complete Record  Conf. Finish    Nat'l Finish    Notes
    Women's Cross Country  ---        6th          ---             Emebet Shiferaw an All-American
    Football               6-6        3-5 (t5th)   ---             def. Notre Dame, 27-20 (OT)
    Women's Soccer        15-5        4-3 (t4th)   ---             Jim Millinder Pac-10 Coach of the Year
    Women's Volleyball    21-9       12-6 (t3rd)  13th (AVCA)      Reached Round of 16 in NCAAs
    Men's Water Polo      23-3        7-1 (1st)   2nd              Williams, Vavic MPSF Coaches of Year
    This Week
    Tuesday:    Baseball, vs. Loyola Marymount, Dedeaux Field, 3 p.m.
    Wednesday:  Women's Tennis, vs. Fresno State, Marks Tennis Stadium, 1:30 p.m.
    Thursday:   Men's Tennis, vs. Brigham Young, Marks Tennis Stadium, 1:30 p.m.
                Men's Basketball, at Oregon State, 7:30 p.m. -- fX
    Friday:     Baseball, vs. Arizona State, Dedeaux Field, 3 p.m.
                Women's Basketball, vs. Oregon State, Lyon Center, 7:30 p.m.
                Women's Swimming, at California, 2 p.m.
    Saturday:   Baseball, vs. Arizona State, Dedeaux Field, 1 p.m. -- FOX Sports West
                Women's Swimming, at Stanford, 12 p.m.
                Men's Basketball, at Oregon, 7:05 p.m.
                Men's Volleyball, at Long Beach State, 7:30 p.m.
    Sunday: Baseball, vs. Arizona State, Dedeaux Field, 1 p.m.
                Women's Basketball, vs. Oregon, Lyon Center, 1 p.m.

    Baseball The Trojans opened up the 1997 season with a doubleheader sweep of Cal State Los Angeles, 17-4 and 8-1, last Friday at Dedeaux Field. In game one, senior lefthander Randy Flores threw 6 innings for the win, allowing just 3 hits and 1 run while striking out 5. Senior shortstop Marc Mirizzi went 4-for-5 with 4 RBI and junior second baseman Wes Rachels was 2-for-2 with a home run, 4 runs scored and 2 RBI. He reached base safely in his first 7 plate appearances this season. In game 2, junior righthander Seth Etherton got the win after throwing 5 shutout innings and striking out 8. Sophomore outfielder Greg Hanoian was 3-for-4 and senior designated hitter Brian Ponchak hit a home run.

    Men's Basketball USC lost its first 2 games of the year at the Sports Arena, falling to UCLA, 96-87, and to No. 9 Cincinnati, 100-81. The Bruins had a 16-point lead with 9 minutes to go, but the Trojans rallied to pull within 4 points at 85-81 with 2:35 left. UCLA hit most of its free throws in the final 2 minutes, however, to seal the win. Senior swingman Stais Boseman scored a team-high 21 points for USC and became the school's all-time leader in steals. Against Cincinnati, senior forward Jaha Wilson had 22 points and 8 rebounds and sophomore guard Elias Ayuso scored a career-high-tying 17, but the Bearcats still handed USC its worst loss of the season. Cincinnati scored 50 points in each half as USC allowed 100 points in a game for the first time since 1994.

    Women's Basketball The Women of Troy earned their 10th win in the last 11 meetings against crosstown rival UCLA, beating the Bruins, 60-56, at Pauley Pavilion on Friday. Sophomore guard Kristin Clark had an outstanding game, scoring a game-high 23 points on 10-of-20 shooting, making 4 key steals and getting 2 assists. Senior forward Tina Thompson had her ninth double-double of the year and the 51st of her career with 14 points and 15 rebounds. The Bruins led at halftime, 34-30, but the Women of Troy outscored them, 30-22, in the second half. With the score tied at 40, Clark made a steal and lay-up to give the Women of Troy a 42-40 lead with 13:56 left, a lead they would not relinquish.

    Men's and Women's Swimming and Diving The men's and women's swimming teams didn't lose a race as they easily defeated UC Irvine -- 236-53 for the women and 241-56 for the men -- on Saturday at the McDonald's Swim Stadium in the rain. Senior Kristine Quance was a double-winner in the women's 100 and 200 fly, as was junior Natalya Chikina in the 1- and 3-meter diving. Senior Kent Johnson won the men's 200 and 500 free, senior Jeff Julian took the 100 free and 100 fly and freshman Tim Allport was first in the 1- and 3-meter diving.

    Men's Tennis After losing the doubles point, the Trojans won 5 of 6 singles matches to beat Texas Christian, 5-2, last Thursday at Marks Tennis Stadium. Junior George Bastl, junior Kyle Spencer, freshman Patrick Gottlesleben, senior Fernando Samayoa and freshman Akram Zaman had singles wins.

    Women's Tennis The Women of Troy opened the dual-match season with a 9-0 romp over UC Santa Barbara last Thursday at Marks Tennis Stadium. Matches against Miami and Washington State were rained out. Sophomore Ditta Huber posted a 6-0, 6-0 win at No. 1 singles against the Gauchos, and other singles wins were by junior Nicole London, sophomore Eva Jimenez, sophomore Karolina Baklarova, junior Pam Trump and junior Amber Basica.

    Men's Volleyball USC defeated UC San Diego, 15-7, 15-5, 12-15, 16-14, at the North Gym on Tuesday, then split at the NCAA Preview Tournament at Ohio State over the weekend, falling to the host Buckeyes, 16-14, 6-15, 15-13, 11-15, 15-11, and beating Indiana-Purdue Fort Wayne, 15-7, 15-6, 15-5. Junior swing hitter Beau Bianchi had a team-high 13 kills against the Tritons in the Trojans' MPSF opener as new head coach Pat Powers earned his first coaching win. Against the Buckeyes, senior middle blocker Eric Seiffert had 37 kills, senior swing hitter Chris Guigliano had 35 kills and freshman setter Donald Suxho had 129 assists. Sophomore opposite hitter Gabe Gardner had 20 kills and Seiffert had 17 kills against I-P FW.

    Athletes of the Week Kristin Clark, Women's Basketball Clark, a sophomore guard, scored 23 of USC's 60 points (2 away from her career high) in the win over UCLA. Clark also made 4 important steals, all of which came in the second half. She made 10-of-20 shots, both career highs.

    Wes Rachels, Baseball Rachels, a junior second baseman, hit a leadoff home run to start the season for the Trojans, and went 3-for-6 with 5 walks in the doubleheader against Cal State Los Angeles.

    Eric Seiffert, Men's Volleyball Seiffert, a senior middle blocker, totaled 62 kills on 78 attempts while committing just 4 hitting errors for an outstanding hitting percentage of .756 in the Trojans' 3 matches last week.