Feb. 18, 1997
The Week in Review/Preview
Sport Overall Conference Nat'l Rank Last Week
Baseball 12-3 2-1 3rd (Base. Amer.) def. UC Santa Barbara, 11-8
won 2 of 3 vs. Hawaii
won 2 of 2 vs. Hawaii Hilo
Men's Basketball 14-8 9-4 --- def. Arizona State, 72-66
lost to Arizona, 101-77
Women's Basketball 16-6 10-3 --- def. Arizona State, 77-63
lost to Arizona, 82-64
Men's Golf --- --- 5th (Golfweek) second at Big Island Intercollegiate
Women's Golf --- --- 29th (Rolex) 10th at SMU/OSU Challenge
Men's Swimming & Diving 8-0 4-0 7th (Speedo) def. UC Santa Barbara, 194-52
Women's Swimming & Diving 9-1 4-1 4th (Speedo) def. UCLA, 198-102
def. UC Santa Barbara, 192-58
Men's Tennis 5-1 2-0 21st (Rolex) def. UC Irvine, 6-1
def. Arizona State, 5-2
def. Arizona, 7-0
Women's Tennis 2-4 0-2 19th (Rolex) def. Loyola Marymount, 8-1
lost to Arizona, 7-2
lost to Arizona State, 6-3
Track 0-0 0-0 --- competed at Long Beach Relays
Men's Volleyball 6-4 5-2 9th (VB Magazine) def. San Diego State, 3-0
lost to UC San Diego, 3-2
Women's Water Polo 1-5 0-1 --- seventh at UC San Diego Tournament
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
Baseball, vs. Cal State Northridge, Dedeaux Field, 3 p.m.
Men's Volleyball, vs. UCLA, North Gym, 7 p.m.
Men's Basketball, at UCLA, 7:30 p.m. -- FOX Sports West 2
Women's Tennis, at ITA Team Indoor Championships, at Madison, Wis., through Sunday
Men's Volleyball, vs. UC Santa Cruz, North Gym, 7 p.m.
Baseball, at Long Beach State Classic, vs. Mississippi, 3 p.m.
Women's Basketball, vs. UCLA, Lyon Center, 7:30 p.m. -- FOX Sports West 2
Women's Water Polo, at San Diego State, 1 p.m.
Baseball, at Long Beach State Classic, vs. Notre Dame, 7 p.m.
Baseball, at Long Beach State Classic, vs. Long Beach State, 4 p.m.
The Trojans had a busy week, winning 5 out of 6 games in a span of 7 days. It began with an 11-8 win over UC Santa Barbara at Dedeaux Field last Tuesday, as sophomore righthander Steve Immel improved to 1-1. The Trojans then hit the road for a 3-game series at Hawaii. The Rainbows won game 1, 9-3, but the Trojans took the next 2, 4-3 and 12-4. Junior righthander Seth Etherton (3-0) and senior righthander Scott Henderson (3-1) earned wins. On Monday, USC swept a doubleheader from Hawaii Hilo, 7-1 and 13-3. Sophomore righthander Craig Jones and junior righthander Mike Weibling picked up their first wins of the season.
Led by senior swingman Stais Boseman, the Trojans got a split in Arizona with a 72-66 win at Arizona State, followed by a 101-77 loss at No. 11 Arizona, to stay in contention for a Pac-10 title and NCAA Tournament berth. USC, tied with California, is 1 game behind UCLA. Boseman had 16 points, as did junior forward Gary Williams in the win over the Sun Devils. Boseman hit a 3-pointer with 5 seconds left to ice the win. The Wildcats then ended USC's 5-game winning streak despite Boseman's 24 points.
The Women of Troy went 1-1 at the Lyon Center last weekend, defeating Arizona State, 77-63, on Friday, but losing to Arizona, 82-64, on Sunday. Senior forward Tina Thompson scored 22 points and had 8 rebounds and senior center Michelle Campbell had 10 and 11 against the Sun Devils, as USC turned a 36-34 halftime lead into a rout. Against the Wildcats, USC shot just 33.8 percent and lost for the first time this season in the Pac-10 to a team other than Stanford. Thompson had 26 points and 12 rebounds.
Senior Brian Hull shot a 5-under par 211 to finish second and help the Trojans to a second-place finish at the TaylorMade/Big Island Intercollegiate last weekend. Hull finished 1 stroke behind the leader. UNLV won the tournament. Senior Roger Tambellini tied for 13th, senior Chad Wright tied for 32nd and freshman Nick Webb tied for 38th.
Sophomore Johanna Josefsson's tie for 20th place was USC's best showing as the Women of Troy finished 10th at the SMU/OSU Challenge at the Palos Verdes Golf Club last week. Stanford won the event. Juniors Danielle LaVoie and Ida Daniellson finished tied for 48th.
Men's and Women's Swimming and Diving
Behind 3 wins from senior Kristine Quance (100 and 200 breast, 200 IM) and 2 from freshman Jamie Johnson (500 and 1650 free), the Women of Troy beat No. 10 UCLA, 198-102, on Friday at the McDonald's Swim Stadium. Junior Jean Ellis Todisco had an NCAA qualifying time in winning the 200 fly and USC swept the 1-meter (sophomore Dorte Lindner) and 3-meter (junior Natalya Chikina) diving. On Saturday, the men beat UC Santa Barbara, 194-52, and the women beat the Gauchos, 192-58. USC won every race but 1 for the men and 1 for the women.
USC had a successful week, beating UC Irvine, 6-1, last Wednesday, and then opening Pac-10 play with a pair of wins over Arizona State, 5-2, and Arizona, 7-0. All 3 matches were at Marks Tennis Stadium. Freshmen Patrick Gottesleben, Johannes Mueller and Akram Zaman and junior Kyle Spencer each had 3 singles wins. USC also won 8 of 9 doubles matches.
After beating Loyola Marymount, 8-1, on Tuesday at Marks Tennis Stadium, the Women of Troy lost 2 in the desert in the opening weekend of Pac-10 play, falling at Arizona, 7-2, and at Arizona State, 6-3. Freshman Veronika Safarova posted the only singles win against Arizona, while junior Pam Trump and sophomore Karolina Baklarova won against ASU.
Individual winners at the season-opening Long Beach Relays included sophomore William Erese (100 HH, 14.66), senior Joe Maashoff (400 IH, 52.70), senior Taiwo Madison (triple jump, 46-8 3/4), junior Bengt Johanssen (hammer throw, 202-10), senior Nekeidra Shegog (400 H, 1:03.69), sophomore Pam Simpson (long jump, 17-9 3/4), freshman Melissa Brule (triple jump, 37-3 3/4) and junior Carrie Martin (hammer throw, 183-5).
The Trojans split 2 matches last week on the road, beating San Diego State, 15-3, 17-16, 15-4, on Tuesday, but then losing to UC San Diego, 15-10, 8-15, 16-14, 7-15, 15-13, on Wednesday. Senior swing hitter Chris Guigliano and senior middle blocker Eric Seiffert tied for team-high honors for kills in both matches, getting 22 each against the Aztecs and 17 each against the Tritons. The Trojans hit an impressive .465 in the win over San Diego State.
Women's Water Polo
USC finished seventh at the UC San Diego Invitational, winning its first game of the season in the seventh-place game against the host Tritons, 9-3. Senior Christina McCall led the team with 6 goals over the 5 games.
Athletes of the Week
Kristine Quance - Quance, a senior swimmer, won 3 races against UCLA, and all were season-best times and NCAA qualifying marks.
Brian Hull - Hull, a senior golfer, took second at the TaylorMade/Big Island Intercollegiate last weekend.