Athletics News

    Mar. 17, 1997

    The Week in Review/Preview

    Sport                 Overall  Conference   Nat'l Rank        Last Week
    Baseball                   22-8         7-5         7th (Base. Amer.)    lost to Pepperdine, 4-2
                                                                             2-1 vs. Arizona
    Men's Basketball           17-11       12-6        (t2nd) ---            lost to Illinois, 90-77
    Women's Basketball         20-8        13-5         (3rd) ---            def. San Francisco, 68-55
    Men's Golf                  ---         ---          6th (Rolex)         second at Duck Invitational
    Women's Golf                ---         ---         25th (Rolex)         tied for eighth at Longhorn Classic
    Men's Swimming & Diving     8-0         4-0 (2nd)    5th (Speedo)        competed at Zone E Diving
    Women's Swimming & Diving   9-1         4-1 (2nd)    5th (Speedo)        competed at Zone E Diving
    Men's Tennis                8-2         4-1         13th (Rolex)         lost to UCLA, 4-3
    Women's Tennis              4-9         0-5         24th (Rolex)         lost to UCLA, 6-3
    Men's Track and Field       3-0         0-0         10th (T&F News)      competed at Cal Poly SLO
    Women's Track and Field     4-0         0-0          ---                 competed at Cal Poly SLO
    Men's Volleyball           10-9         7-7         13th (VB Mag.)       lost to UC Santa Barbara, 3-1
                                                                             def. UC Irvine, 3-2
    Women's Water Polo          3-9         0-3          8th (coaches)       def. Hawaii, 6-4
                                                                             lost to UCLA, 7-4

    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 Basketball, at NCAA Tournament, at Florida, 8 p.m. ET -- FOX Sports West 2 Tuesday: Baseball, vs. Cal State Fullerton, Dedeaux Field, 7 p.m. Wednesday: Women's Tennis, vs. Boise State, Marks Tennis Stadium, 1:30 p.m. Women's Water Polo, vs. Massachusetts, McDonald's Swim Stadium, 5 p.m. Thursday: Women's Tennis, vs. Pepperdine, Marks Tennis Stadium, 1:30 p.m. Women's Water Polo, vs. San Diego State, McDonald's Swim Stadium, 4 p.m. Men's Volleyball, at Cal State Northridge, 7 p.m. Women's Swimming, at NCAA Championships in Indianapolis, Ind., through Saturday Friday: Men's Tennis, vs. Utah, Marks Tennis Stadium, 1:30 p.m. Women's Water Polo, at Pomona Tournament, through Sunday Saturday: Baseball, vs. UCLA, Dedeaux Field, 1 p.m. -- FOX Sports West 2 Track, at Stanford Relays, through Sunday Sunday: Men's Tennis, vs. UNLV, Marks Tennis Stadium, 11 a.m. Baseball, at UCLA, 1 p.m.

    USC went 2-1 against then-first-place Arizona at Dedeaux Field over the weekend. Senior lefthander Randy Flores (6-2) struck out a career-high 13 to lead USC to a 3-2 victory in Friday's opener. He went 8 innings and allowed 2 unearned runs and 7 hits. Junior second baseman Wes Rachels' RBI single with 2 outs in the seventh inning broke a 2-2 tie. Arizona won Game 2 when the Wildcats' Jake Thrower hit a 3-run home run in the eighth inning, giving them a 6-5 victory. Senior designated hitter Jason Brown homered for the Trojans. In the finale, senior righthander Scott Henderson went 7.1 innings and allowed 2 runs on 5 hits and 2 walks while striking out 5 to lead USC to a 6-2 victory. Senior DH Brian Ponchak was 2-for-3 with a double and homer and sophomore outfielder Greg Hanoian was 2-for-3 with a double and 2 RBI.

    Men's Basketball
    A valiant comeback fell short as USC was eliminated in the first round of the NCAA Tournament, 90-77, by sixth-seeded Illinois in Charlotte, N.C., on Friday. The Illini had a 15-point halftime lead, but the Trojans fought back and tied (men's basketball continued) the game, 69-69, on freshman guard Danny Walker's jumper with 5:17 left. However, senior swingman Stais Boseman fouled out shortly thereafter, and Illinois hit nearly all of its free throws in the final 5 minutes. Senior guard Rodrick Rhodes led USC with 19 points and senior forward Jaha Wilson scored 18, both off the bench.

    Women's Basketball
    USC opened the NCAA Tournament with a first-round victory over 11th-seeded San Francisco, 68-55, on Saturday in Gainesville, Fla. Senior forward Tina Thompson scored 26 points and pulled down 15 rebounds to lead the way. It was her 17th double-double this season and the 59th of her career. After the Dons closed to within 5 points at 49-44 with 9:27 left, sophomore forward Jodi Parriott hit a 3-pointer, Thompson hit a jump shot and sophomore guard Kristin Clark followed with a basket that pushed USC's lead to 56-44 with 5:11 left. Parriott scored 11 points, USC's first 11 of the second half.

    Men's Golf
    Senior Chad Wright won his second straight tournament in a playoff, this time taking the Duck Invitational in Eugene, Ore., last week. As a team, USC finished second behind Washington. Wright shot a 144 and beat out three others in the playoff. Senior Brian Hull was fifth with a 147 and sophomore Jorge Corral was sixth at 148.

    Women's Golf
    Sophomore Danielle LaVoie tied for 16th with a 236 to help USC to an eighth-place tie at the Betsy Rawls Longhorn Classic in Texas last week. TCU won the event. Sophomore Johanna Josefsson placed 26th, freshman Linda Ishii tied for 27th and junior Ida Danielsson tied for 33rd.

    Men's and Women's Diving
    At the Zone E Diving Championships in Colorado Springs, Colo., junior Natalya Chikina and sophomore Dorte Lindner qualified for the NCAA Championships, as did freshman Tim Allport for the men. Lindner won the women's 1- and 3-meter competitions and Chikina won on the platform. On the men's side, Allport was second in the 1-meter and fourth in the 3-meter.

    Men's Tennis
    Wins by the doubles teams of George Bastl/Johannes Mueller and Scott Willinski/Akram Zaman gave USC the opening doubles point against UCLA last Thursday, but the Trojans won only 2 of the 6 singles matches and lost to the No. 1 Bruins, 4-3. Bastl and Mueller were the winners in singles.

    Women's Tennis
    The Women of Troy kept pace with No. 4 UCLA though singles play, with each side winning 3 matches, but the Bruins swept doubles play and won, 6-3, at Marks Tennis Stadium last Thursday. Freshmen Veronika Safarova and Jacqui Boyd and sophomore Eva Jimenez won their singles matches.

    Men's and Women's Track
    Emelie Fardigh broke a 12-year-old USC freshman high jump record with a mark of 6-0 to highlight USC's performance at the Cal Poly San Luis Obispo Invitational. Her jump tied the second-best ever by a USC athlete. Freshman Natasha Danvers had USC's fourth-best time ever in the 400 hurdles, winning in 58.36. Other USC winners included sophomore Torri Edwards in the 100 meters and junior Carrie Martin in the hammer throw. For the men, senior Jason Shelton won the 100 meters, sophomore Jerome Davis won the 400 meters and junior Bengt Johannson won the hammer.

    Men's Volleyball
    USC split 2 matches on the week, losing on the road to UC Santa Barbara, 13-15, 15-8, 15-9, 15-5, but rebounding to beat UC Irvine, 15-3, 15-8, 5-15, 13-15, 15-11, at the North Gym. Senior middle blocker Eric Seiffert had 25 kills against the Gauchos and senior swing hitter Chris Guigliano had 31 kills against the Anteaters. USC has never lost to UC Irvine in 22 meetings.

    Women's Water Polo
    The Women of Troy fell to UCLA, 7-4, on Sunday at the McDonald's Swim Stadium. USC trailed, 6-0, in the fourth quarter before getting goals from senior drivers Kristie Cissell and Cindy Clarke, junior driver Jennifer Simpson and sophomore driver Kellie Clarke. Earlier in the week, USC defeated Hawai'i, 6-4, in Honolulu. Senior 2-meter player Christina McCall and senior driver Catherine Rau each scored 2 goals and freshman driver Nicole Martin and Cindy Clarke each scored 1.

    Athletes of the Week

    Randy Flores, a senior lefthander on the baseball team, struck out a career-high 13 batters in USC's 3-2 victory over Arizona on Friday. He raised his record to 6-2 this season and 39-7 in his career, just 1 win shy of the school record ... Dorte Lindner, a sophomore diver, won the 1- and 3-meter events at the Zone E Championships ... Chad Wright, a senior golfer, won the Duck Invitational in a playoff, his second straight win.