Athletics News

    Mar. 10, 1997

    The Week in Review/Preview

    Sport                 Overall  Conference   Nat'l Rank       Last Week
    Baseball                   20-6         5-4         7th (Base. Amer.)   3-0 vs. California
    Men's Basketball           17-10       12-6       (t2nd) ---            def. Washington State, 92-85
                                                                            lost to Washington, 94-84
    Women's Basketball         19-8        13-5        (3rd) ---            def. Washington State, 101-59
                                                                            lost to Washington, 71-66
    Men's Golf                  ---         ---         5th (Golfweek)      first at Aldila Collegiate
    Women's Golf                ---         ---        29th (Rolex)         sixth at Spartan Invitational
    Men's Swimming & Diving     8-0         4-0 (2nd)   5th (Speedo)        second at Pac-10 Championships
    Women's Swimming & Diving   9-1         4-1 (2nd)   5th (Speedo)        none
    Men's Tennis                8-1         4-0        13th (Rolex)         def. San Diego, 7-0
                                                                            def. Arizona, 4-3
                                                                            def. Arizona State, 5-2
    Women's Tennis              4-8         0-4        24th (Rolex)         lost to Arizona State, 7-2
                                                                            lost to Arizona, 5-4
    Men's Track and Field       3-0         0-0        10th (T&F News)      none
    Women's Track and Field     4-0         0-0         ---                 none
    Men's Volleyball            9-8         6-6        13th (VB Mag.)       def. Loyola Marymount, 3-0
                                                                            lost to Pepperdine, 3-2
    Women's Water Polo          2-8         0-2         ---                 none

    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: Men's Golf, at Duck Invitational in Oregon, through Tuesday Tuesday: Baseball, at Pepperdine, 2 p.m. Men's Volleyball, at UC Santa Barbara, 7 p.m. Thursday: Women's Tennis, vs. UCLA, Marks Tennis Stadium, 1:30 p.m. -- FOX Sports West 2 delayed Men's Tennis, at UCLA, 1:30 p.m. Friday: Baseball, vs. Arizona, Dedeaux Field, 7 p.m. Men's Volleyball, vs. UC Irvine, North Gym, 7 p.m. Women's Water Polo, at Hawaii, 12 p.m. (HST) Men's Basketball, at NCAA Tournament, vs. Illinois in Charlotte, N.C., approx. 3 p.m. (EST) -- CBS Women's Golf, at Betsy Rawls Longhorn Classic in Texas, through Sunday Saturday: Baseball, vs. Arizona, Dedeaux Field, 1 p.m. Women's Basketball, at NCAA Tournament, vs. San Francisco in Gainesville, Fl., 6 p.m. (EST) Sunday: Baseball, vs. Arizona, Dedeaux Field, 1 p.m. Women's Water Polo, vs. UCLA, McDonald's Swim Stadium, 12 p.m.

    The Trojans increased their winning streak over California to 8 with a 3-game sweep of the Bears at Dedeaux Field over the weekend. Senior lefthander Randy Flores (5-2) struck out 10 in 8 innings and allowed just 1 earned run on 5 hits and 2 walks in a 7-5 win on Friday. Senior first baseman Greg Walbridge and junior third baseman Morgan Ensberg each had three hits. In game 2, USC rallied from a 5-1 deficit in the seventh inning to win, 8-6. Sophomore outfielder Robb Gorr had a bases-loaded triple to spark the comeback and junior righthander Mike Weibling improved to 3-0 in relief. Sophomore outfielder Greg Hanoian and senior designated hitter Jason Brown each had 3 hits to lead a 12-hit Trojan attack as USC won game 3, 5-3. Sophomore righthander Steve Immel (3-2) went 7.2 innings to get the win while junior righthander Jack Krawczyk recorded his fifth save of the season and the 20th of his career.

    Men's Basketball
    USC earned its first NCAA Tournament berth since 1992, getting in as a No. 11 seed in the Southeast Region. The Trojans will face No. 6-seed Illinois in Charlotte, N.C. on Friday at approximately 3 p.m. (EST). If the Trojans get by the Illini, they'll face the winner of the Georgia/Tennessee-Chattanooga contest on Sunday. The Trojans likely got in on the strength of their second-place finish in the Pac-10, tied with Stanford and California. USC wrapped up the Pac-10 season with a win at Washington State, 92-85, on Thursday, then lost at Washington, 94-84, on Saturday. Senior guard Rodrick Rhodes, earlier named the recipient of the Pac-10's Fred Hessler Award for the top newcomer, scored 28 points against the Cougars and a career-high 32 against the Huskies.

    Women's Basketball
    After a 1 year absence, the Women of Troy made it back into the NCAA Tournament, earning a No. 6 seed and a trip to Gainesville, Fl., to face No. 11-seed San Francisco on Saturday at 6 p.m. (EST). If the Women of Troy win, they'll face either host Florida or Florida International on Monday. USC finished third in the Pac-10 after splitting with the Washington schools last weekend at the Lyon Center. USC defeated the Cougars, 101-59, but lost to the Huskies, 71-66. Senior forward Tina Thompson, in her final home games, had double-doubles both days with 29 points and 11 rebounds against the Cougars and a season-high 32 points and 13 rebounds against the Huskies.

    Men's Golf
    Senior Chad Wright won the individual title in a playoff and the Trojans won the Aldila Collegiate Classic, hosted by San Diego State, last weekend. Wright shot a 3-under-par 213 and beat out Rory Sabbatini of Arizona. Senior Roger Tambellini placed third with a 1-under-par 215, senior Brian Hull tied for 25th and freshman Nick Webb tied for 28th.

    Women's Golf
    Sophomore Johanna Josefsson tied for 10th and helped the Women of Troy to a sixth-place finish at the Spartan Invitational in San Jose. Josefsson shot a 234 and was followed by junior Danielle LaVoie, who tied for 15th, and junior Ida Danielsson and freshman Linda Ishii, who both tied for 35th. Host San Jose State won the event.

    Men's Swimming
    Helped by 5 individual championships and a relay title, the Trojans finished second at the Pac-10 Men's Swimming Championships behind Stanford, which won its 16th straight title. Junior Lenny Krayzelburg set a Pac-10 record in winning the 200 back (1:40.59) and also won the 100 back. Sophomore Bela Szabados won the 200 and 500 free, senior Jeff Julian won the 200 fly and the 800 free relay team set a Pac-10 record (6:26.35).

    Men's Tennis
    The Trojans swept 2 Pac-10 matches in Arizona last weekend, beating the Wildcats, 4-3, and the Sun Devils, 5-2. Junior George Bastl and freshman Patrick Gottesleben both posted a pair of wins at No. 1 and No. 2 singles, respectively. Sophomore Scott Willinsky also picked up an important win against the Wildcats. The Trojans were outstanding in doubles play, sweeping all 6 matches over the 2 days.

    Women's Tennis
    The Women of Troy lost twice over the weekend, including a close 5-4 loss to No. 5 Arizona on Saturday at Marks Tennis Stadium. Junior Pam Trump, sophomore Karolina Baklarova and freshman Jacqui Boyd posted singles wins to tie the match at 3-3, but the Wildcats won 2 of the 3 doubles matches. A day earlier, Arizona State defeated USC, 7-2. Baklarova and freshman Veronika Safarova had singles wins.

    Men's Volleyball
    Sophomore outside hitter Gabe Gardner had a career-high 41 kills, but the Trojans fell just short of upsetting No. 4 Pepperdine, 16-14, 12-15, 11-15, 15-15, 15-13, on Saturday at the North Gym. Freshman setter Donald Suxho had 94 assists and 12 digs and senior middle blocker Eric Seiffert had 19 kills. Earlier in the week, Gardner's 26 kills helped USC defeat Loyola Marymount, 15-5, 15-11, 15-8, at the North Gym. Junior middle blocker Szilard Kovacs had 15 kills and 5 blocks.

    Athletes of the Week

    Greg Hanoian, a sophomore outfielder on the baseball team, continued his torrid hitting streak, going 7-for-11 (.636) against California with 3 doubles and 3 RBI ... Lenny Krayzelburg, a junior on the men's swimming team, won 2 titles at the Pac-10 Championships, including a Pac-10 record in the 200 back ... Rodrick Rhodes, a senior guard on the men's basketball team, scored 60 points in 2 games last weekend and helped USC into the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 1992 ... Tina Thompson, a senior on the women's basketball team, had back-to-back double-doubles and clinched the Pac-10 scoring crown ... Chad Wright, a senior on the men's golf team, won the Aldila Collegiate Classic in San Diego.