Athletics News

    Mar. 24, 1997

    The Week in Review/Preview

    Sport                 Overall  Conference   Nat'l Rank        Last Week
    Baseball                   23-10        7-7        12th (Base. Amer.)    def. Cal State Fullerton, 2-0
                                                                             0-2 vs. UCLA
    Women's Basketball         20-9        13-5 (3rd)   ---                  lost to Florida, 92-78
    Men's Golf                  ---         ---         6th (Rolex)          none
    Women's Golf                ---         ---        25th (Rolex)          none
    Men's Swimming & Diving     8-0         4-0 (2nd)   5th (Speedo)         none
    Women's Swimming & Diving   9-1         4-1 (2nd)   1st                  NATIONAL CHAMPIONS
    Men's Tennis               10-2         4-1        17th (Rolex)          def. Utah, 6-1
                                                                             def. UNLV, 6-1
    Women's Tennis              5-10        0-5        30th (Rolex)          def. Boise State, 5-4
                                                                             lost to Pepperdine, 5-4
    Men's Track and Field       3-0         0-0        10th (T&F News)       competed at Stanford Invitational
    Women's Track and Field     4-0         0-0         ---                  competed at Stanford Invitational
    Men's Volleyball           11-9         8-7        10th (VB Mag.)        def. Cal State Northridge, 3-2
    Women's Water Polo          8-11        0-4         8th (coaches)        def. UMass, 11-5
                                                                             lost to San Diego State, 9-6
                                                                             third at Pomona Tournament

    Season Complete

    Record Conf. Finish Nat'l Finish Notes Men's Basketball 17-11 12-6 (t2nd) --- First NCAA berth since 1992 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 Tennis, vs. Washington, Marks Tennis Stadium, 1:30 p.m. Baseball, vs. UCLA, Dedeaux Field, 7 p.m. Tuesday: Women's Tennis, vs. Oregon, Marks Tennis Stadium, 1:30 p.m. Baseball, vs. San Diego State, Dedeaux Field, 5 p.m. Women's Water Polo, vs. Maryland, McDonald's Swim Stadium, 5 p.m. Wednesday: Men's Tennis, vs. Northwestern, Marks Tennis Stadium, 1:30 p.m. Thursday: Baseball, at Arizona State, through Saturday (Thurs. and Fri. at 7 p.m. MT; Sat. at 1 p.m. MT) Men's Swimming, at NCAA Championships in Minneapolis, Minn., through Saturday Saturday: Track, vs. LSU, Iowa, Long Beach State and Air Force, Cromwell Field, 11 a.m. Women's Water Polo, at UC Santa Barbara, 12 p.m. Men's Tennis, at Fresno State, 12 p.m.

    The Trojans lost the first 2 games of a 3-game set with UCLA (the third game is tonight). In game 1 on Friday, the Bruins won 12-6 at Dedeaux Field by scoring in every inning but the eighth. USC senior first baseman Jason Brown went 4-for-4 with a double and a grand slam. Game 2 on Saturday saw the Bruins win 8-5 at Jackie Robinson Stadium. Senior DH Brian Ponchak was 2-for-4 with 2 RBI and a home run. Earlier in the week, 5 pitchers combined to throw a gem, shutting out Cal State Fullerton, 2-0, on just 3 hits at Dedeaux Field. Sophomore Steve Immel (4-2) pitched 2 innings in relief for the win and junior Jack Krawczyk earned his seventh save. Ponchak's RBI single in the seventh inning broke open a scoreless game.

    Women's Basketball
    The Women of Troy saw their season end in the second round of the NCAA Tournament, falling to No. 7 Florida, 92-78, in Gainesville last Monday. USC made just 8-of-31 shots in the first half and fell behind 46-22 at the break. Sophomore forward Jodi Parriott had a team-high 16 points. Senior forward Tina Thompson, earlier named an AP second team All-American, finished her career as the Pac-10's third all-time leading scorer and second all-time leading rebounder.

    Women's Swimming and Diving
    The Women of Troy ended Stanford's run of 5 straight NCAA championships, upsetting the Cardinal and winning their first-ever national championship in Indianapolis over the weekend. USC entered the final day in second place behind the Cardinal, but with a strong finish ended up with 406 points to Stanford's 395. Senior Kristine Quance won the 400 IM and 200 breast (her seventh and eighth career individual titles) and sophomore Lindsay Benko won the 500 free and 200 back (her third and fourth). Other All-American individual performances came in the 200 butterfly, where sophomore Karen Campbell and junior Jean Ellis Todisco finished second and third, respectively, while Quance was second in the 200 IM, Campbell fourth in the 100 fly, Benko second in the 200 free, senior Hope Gittings fourth in the 100 back and 200 back, sophomore Dorte Lindner third in 1-meter diving and fifth in 3-meter diving and junior Natalya Chikina sixth in platform diving. "Stanford is a dynasty," said USC Coach Mark Schubert, who was named NCAA Coach of the Year, after the meet. "Any time you can get close to them, you've done a good job. We had the right meet at the right time ... I was just so pleased we were able to do this before our 2 seniors graduated, Kristine Quance and Hope Gittings. I'm so happy we could do this for them tonight."

    Men's Tennis
    USC posted a pair of easy 6-1 wins over the weekend, beating Utah on Friday and UNLV on Sunday at Marks Tennis Stadium. Junior George Bastl, sophomore Scott Willinsky and freshmen Johannes Mueller, Patrick Gottesleben and Akram Zaman each won 2 singles matches. The Utes won the doubles point, but the Trojans swept singles play, all in straight sets. Against the Rebels, USC won all 3 doubles matches and then 5 of the 6 singles.

    Women's Tennis
    Despite winning only 4 of 7 matches that were played, USC managed a 5-4 win over Boise State with the help of 2 defaults last Wednesday at Marks Tennis Stadium. A day later, Pepperdine edged USC, 5-4. The Women of Troy and the Waves split the 6 singles matches, but Pepperdine pulled out wins in 2 of the 3 doubles matches. Sophomore Eva Jimenez won in singles each day.

    Men's and Women's Track
    USC's performance at the Stanford Invitational on Saturday was highlighted by freshman Emelie Fardigh, who broke the USC women's high jump record with a mark of 6-2. Last week, she broke USC's freshman record. Other women's winners included freshman Natasha Danvers (400m H, 58.43), senior Emebet Shiferaw (5000m, 16:21.0), sophomore Grazyna Penc (1500m, 4:17.48) and sophomore Torri Edwards (100m, 11.49), while men's winners included freshman Henrik Kjaereng (javelin, 221-1), junior Bengt Johannson (hammer, 227-3), sophomore Jerome Davis (400m, 45.95) and senior Isaac Turner (800m, 1:48.90).

    Men's Volleyball
    After trailing by 2 games to Cal State Northridge, the Trojans came back to defeat the Matadors, 9-15, 12-15, 15-12, 15-13, 15-12, last Thursday in Northridge. USC won despite getting outhit, .286 to .252, and outblocked, 25 to 16. Senior swing hitter Chris Guigliano had 35 kills and 12 digs to lead the Trojans, while senior middle blocker Eric Seiffert had 17 kills and 9 blocks.

    Women's Water Polo
    USC placed third at the Pomona Tournament over the weekend, winning 4 out of 5 matches, including a 15-4 win over Pacific in the third-place game. The Women of Troy split 2 games earlier in the week, defeating UMass, 11-5, but losing to San Diego State, 9-6. The latter was an MPSF match, and both were at the McDonald's Swim Stadium. Sophomore Kellie Clarke and freshman Maile Lau each scored 3 goals against the Minutewomen, while senior Kristie Cissell and freshman Selah Mapes each scored 2 goals against the Aztecs.

    Athletes of the Week

    Lindsay Benko and Kristine Quance, Women's Swimming
    Benko, a sophomore, and Quance, a senior, each won 2 titles at the NCAA Championships and helped the Women of Troy to their first-ever national title.

    Chris Guigliano, Men's Volleyball
    Guigliano, a senior swing hitter, tied a season high with 35 kills to help USC to a comeback victory over CSUN.

    Emelie Fardigh, Women's Track and Field
    Fardigh, a freshman, broke the school record in the women's high jump with a leap of 6-2 last weekend at the Stanford Invitational. The old record of 6-1 was set in 1988.