Athletics News

    Feb. 10, 1997

    The Week in Review/Preview

    Sport                 Overall  Conference   Nat'l Rank       Last Week
    Baseball                    7-2         2-1         3rd (Base. Amer.)   won 2 of 3 vs. Long Beach State
    Men's Basketball           13-7         8-3         ---                 def. Stanford, 84-81
                                                                            def. California, 93-85
    Women's Basketball         15-5         9-2         ---                 lost to Stanford, 103-69
                                                                            def. California, 66-63
    Men's Golf                  ---         ---         5th (Golfweek)      first at Ping Intercollegiate
    Women's Golf                ---         ---        29th (Rolex)         none
    Men's Swimming & Diving     7-0         4-0         7th (Speedo)        def. Stanford, 124.5-116.5
                                                                            def. California, 139-104
    Women's Swimming & Diving   7-1         3-1         4th (Speedo)        none
    Men's Tennis                2-1         0-0        21st (Rolex)         none
    Women's Tennis              1-2         0-0        19th (Rolex)         lost to San Diego, 5-3
    Men's Volleyball            5-3         4-1         9th (VB Magazine)   def. Brigham Young, 3-2
                                                                            def. Stanford, 3-1
                                                                            def. Pacific, 3-1
    Women's Water Polo          0-1         0-1         ---                 lost to UC Santa Barbara, 5-4

    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) --- Isabelle Harvey was Pac-10's top scorer 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 Grubbs, Zagar MPSF Players of Year

    This Week

    Monday: Women's Golf, vs. SMU and Ohio State, Palos Verdes Golf Club, 11 a.m., through Wednesday Tuesday: Women's Tennis, vs. Loyola Marymount, Marks Tennis Stadium, 1:30 p.m. Baseball, vs. UC Santa Barbara, Dedeaux Field, 5 p.m. Men's Volleyball, at San Diego State, 7 p.m. Wednesday: Men's Tennis, vs. UC Irvine, Marks Tennis Stadium, 1:30 p.m. Men's Volleyball, at UC San Diego, 5 p.m. Thursday: Men's Basketball, at Arizona State, 7 p.m. (MST) Men's Golf, at Taylor Made Invitational, at Hilo-Hawaii, through Saturday Friday: Men's Tennis, vs. Arizona State, Marks Tennis Stadiun, 1:30 p.m. Women's Swimming, vs. UCLA, McDonald's Swim Stadium, 2 p.m. -- FOX Sports West 2 delayed Women's Basketball, vs. Arizona State, Lyon Center, 7:30 p.m. Women's Water Polo, at UC San Diego Tournament, through Sunday Women's Tennis, at Arizona, 1:30 p.m. Baseball, at Hawaii, 7 p.m. (HST) Saturday: Men's Tennis, vs. Arizona, Marks Tennis Stadium, 12 p.m. Track, at Long Beach Relays, 9 a.m. Women's Tennis, at Arizona State, 12 p.m. Men's and Women's Swimming, at UC Santa Barbara, 1 p.m. Men's Basketball, at Arizona, 4:30 p.m. (MST) -- FOX Sports Net Baseball, at Hawaii, 6:30 p.m. (HST) Sunday: Women's Basketball, vs. Arizona, Lyon Center, 2 p.m. Baseball, at Hawaii, 3 p.m. (HST)

    Strong pitching in the first 2 games helped USC to take 2 out of 3 games from Long Beach State over the weekend. Senior lefthander Randy Flores (3-0) went 6 2/3 innings and allowed just 1 run while striking out 7 to beat the 49ers, 6-1, on Friday night at Blair Field. Freshman catcher Eric Munson hit 2 home runs and junior righthander Seth Etherton (2-0) went 8 innings and allowed 3 runs in a 4-3 win on Saturday at Dedeaux Field. Long Beach came back to take game 3, 7-3, at Blair.

    Men's Basketball
    USC moved into first place (tied with UCLA) this late in the season for the first time since the end of the 1985 season. The Trojans notched their second win over a ranked opponent with an 84-81 victory over No. 16 Stanford on Thursday night at the Sports Arena. Senior forward Stais Boseman scored 23 points and 4 steals and senior guard Rodrick Rhodes added 20 points and 6 rebounds. Troy's defense led the way, holding the Cardinal to 38 percent shooting from the floor and making 12 steals. On Saturday afternoon, USC defeated California, 93-85, as Boseman scored a team-high 22 points and also had 7 rebounds, 6 assists and 3 steals. Senior center David Crouse added 20 points and 9 rebounds and Rhodes chipped in with 11 points and 4 assists. The Trojans led 52-43 at halftime and shot 54 percent from the field, 40 percent from 3-point range and 82 percent from the line.

    Women's Basketball
    USC split on the Bay Area road trip, falling to No. 3 Stanford, 103-69, in Palo Alto on Thursday and defeating California, 66-63, in Berkeley on Saturday. Against the Cardinal, senior forward Tina Thompson scored a game-high 29 points and had 7 rebounds and sophomore guard Kristin Clark had 19 points and 7 boards, but the Cardinal scored 57 points in the second half en route to the win. USC rebounded against the Bears, though the Women of Troy had to rally in the game's final minutes. USC was led by 17 points from both Thompson and senior center Michelle Campbell as well as 13 points and 13 rebounds from sophomore forward Adrain Williams. Cal led, 63-59, with 1:50 to go but a Clark 3-pointer, Thompson lay-up and 2 free throws by Williams pulled out the win.

    Men's Golf
    Senior Roger Tambellini won the individual title with an 8-under-par 205 at the Ping Intercollegiate in Arizona last week and helped the Trojans to a first-place finish in the tournament. Senior Chad Wright tied for 7th with a 215, senior Brian Hull tied for 17th at 220, freshman Nick Webb tied for 32nd at 224 and sophomore Jorge Corral tied for 41st at 227.

    Men's Swimming and Diving
    USC posted 2 big victories on the road over the weekend, upsetting No. 1 Stanford, 124.5-116.5, on Friday and No. 6 California, 139-104, on Saturday. Sophomore Bela Szabados won the 100 and 200 free, freshman Tim Allport won the 1- and 3-meter diving and the Trojans finished 1-2-3 (Jeff Julian, David Meca and Kent Johnson) in the 500 free to spark the victory. Against Cal, junior Lenny Krayzelburg set a school record in the 100 back as the leadoff man on the winning 400 medley relay team and also won the 200 back.

    Women's Tennis
    Doubles play again cost the Women of Troy, as they lost to San Diego, 5-3, on Wednesday at Marks Tennis Stadium. Three players posted singles victories -- juniors Nicole London and Amber Basica and sophomore Karolina Baklarova --- but the Toreros broke a 3-3 tie with victories at No. 1 and No. 2 doubles.

    Men's Volleyball
    The then-unranked USC men's volleyball team had a memorable week, as the Trojans upset the Nos. 1, 2 and 11 teams in the country. Though USC lost the first game of each match, the team battled back to victory. It began with a win over No. 2 Brigham Young, 10-15, 15-13, 12-15, 15-11, 15-10, on Tuesday at the North Gym as sophomore opposite hitter Gabe Gardner had a career-high-tying 34 kills. It was followed by a 5-15, 15-8, 15-8, 15-13 win over top-ranked Stanford on Friday at the North Gym with the help of Gardner's 23 kills. Finally, the Trojans beat No. 11 Pacific, 8-15, 15-9, 15-9, 15-12, on Saturday at the Lyon Center as senior swing hitter Chris Guigliano had 21 kills.

    Women's Water Polo
    The Women of Troy lost in their season opener to UC Santa Barbara, 5-4, at the McDonald's Swim Stadium on Saturday. USC had a 3-0 lead, but the Gauchos came back to take a 4-3 lead and scored the game-winning goal on a penalty shot with 2:30 left. Seniors Cindy Clarke and Christina McCall, junior Miranda Lim and freshman Selah Mapes scored goals for the Women of Troy.

    Teams of the Week

    USC had a wildly successful week on the whole, posting numerous upsets across several sports. The unranked men's volleyball team beat the Nos. 1, 2 and 11 teams in the country ... With 2 wins, including an 84-81 defeat of No. 16 Stanford, the men's basketball team moved into first place in the Pac-10 for the first time this late in the season since 1985 ... The No. 7 men's swimming team went north and knocked off No. 1 Stanford and No. 6 California ... The men's golf team won the Ping Intercollegiate in Arizona, led by senior Roger Tambellini's individual championship.