Athletics News

    April 21, 1997

    The Week in Review/Preview

    Sport                  Overall   Conference     Nat'l Rank           Last Week
    Baseball                34-16       15-12       13th (Base. Amer.)   lost to Loyola Marymount, 8-0
                                                                         3-0 at Arizona
    Men's Golf               ---         ---         3rd (Golfweek)      5th at Thunderbird Invitational
    Women's Golf             ---         ---        25th (Rolex)         none
    Men's Tennis            16-5         6-4 (3rd)  17th (Rolex)         def. Washington, 6-1
                                                                         lost to Stanford, 4-3
                                                                         def. California, 5-2
    Women's Tennis           8-15        0-10 (6th) 33rd (Rolex)         def. UNLV, 5-4
                                                                         lost to Stanford, 6-1
                                                                         lost to California, 6-0
    Men's Track and Field    6-1         ---        13th (Trackwire)     competed at Mt. SAC Relays
    Women's Track and Field  7-0         ---         6th (Trackwire)     competed at Mt. SAC Relays
    Men's Volleyball        12-12        9-10 (9th) 13th (VB Mag.)       lost to Long Beach State, 3-0
    Women's Water Polo      11-15        0-6 (5th)   8th (coaches)       none

    Season Complete

    Record Conf. Finish Nat'l Finish Notes Men's Basketball 17-11 12-6 (t2nd) --- first NCAA berth since 1992 Women's Basketball 20-9 13-5 (3rd) --- reached second round of NCAAs 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 Pac-10's top scorer Men's Swimming & Diving 8-0 4-0 (2nd) 6th 6th at NCAA Championships Women's Swimming & Diving 9-1 4-1 (2nd) 1st first-ever national championship 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 Cizmic, Zagar first team All-Americans

    This Week

    Monday: Women's Golf, at Pac-10 Championships, at Washington, through Wednesday Tuesday: Baseball, at Cal State Northridge, 2:30 p.m. Thursday: Men's and Women's Tennis, at Pac-10 Championships, at Ojai, through Sunday Friday: Baseball, at UCLA, 7 p.m. Men's Golf, at U.S. Intercollegiate, at Stanford, through Sunday Women's Water Polo, at Western Regionals, at California, through Sunday Saturday: Baseball, vs. UCLA, Dedeaux Field, 1 p.m. -- FOX Sports Net Sunday: Baseball, at UCLA, 1 p.m.

    USC had an outstanding weekend on the road, sweeping Arizona and extending its win streak at Sancet Field to 13. Senior lefthander Randy Flores (8-5) earned his 41st career win (setting the Trojan all-time record) in Friday's first game, an 8-6 USC win. Flores scattered 11 hits, allowed 5 earned runs, walked 2 and struck out 11. Junior outfielder Jeremy Freitas hit a 2-run home run in the sixth inning. In the second game, junior righthander Seth Etherton (7-2) worked 8 innings and allowed just 1 unearned run on 4 hits while striking out 11 in a 10-1 Trojan win. Sophomore outfielder Robb Gorr had 2 hits, including a home run. Senior DH Jason Brown hit 2 home runs and the Trojans hit 5 overall to give them a 13-9 win on Sunday. Brown had 3 hits and 3 RBI and Gorr also had 3 hits and another home run. Senior righthander Scott Henderson (6-3) got the win in relief. Junior righthander Jack Krawczyk earned his 10th save.

    Men's Golf
    The Trojans placed fifth at the Arizona State Thunderbird Invitational over the weekend, shooting an 873, 19 strokes back of the winner, the host Sun Devils. Senior Roger Tambellini was Troy's top finisher, tying for ninth at 215. Senior Brian Hull tied for 12th at 217.

    Men's Tennis
    The Trojans managed a split in the Bay Area, losing to Stanford, 4-3, but defeating California, 5-2. The Stanford match lasted 2 days due to rain. Earlier in the week, USC beat Washington, 6-1, at Marks Tennis Stadium. Junior George Bastl and freshman Patrick Gottesleben each won 3 singles matches. In doubles, USC won 7 of the 9 matches that were played last week.

    Women's Tennis
    The Women of Troy closed the regular season by losing home matches to Stanford (6-1) and California (6-0) at Marks Tennis Stadium. Freshman Veronika Safarova picked up USC's only win against the Cardinal. Earlier in the week, the Women of Troy managed their first victory over a higher-ranked team this season in a 5-4 win over No. 16 UNLV at Marks Tennis Stadium. Safarova, freshman Jacqui Boyd, junior Pam Trump and sophomore Amber Basica had singles wins.

    Men's and Women's Track
    Sophomore Grazyna Penc broke an 8-year-old school record in the women's 1500 meters at the Mt. SAC Relays on Sunday, placing second in a time of 4:12.05. Other highlights included senior Isaac Turner running an NCAA provisional time of 1:48.19 in the men's 800m for second place, sophomore William Erese winning a men's 110m hurdles heat in 13.90, freshman David Spitz winning a men's hammer event with a throw of 200-3 and freshman Ray Carter setting a personal best in the 400m with a winning time of 47.06. At the Pomona-Pitzer Invitational, freshman Marques Holiwell won the men's 100m in 10.63, junior Michael Walton won the men's 400m in 47.30 and senior Joe Maashoff won the men's 400m hurdles in 52.15.

    Men's Volleyball
    The Trojans saw their season end with a 15-7, 15-11, 15-6 loss to No. 8 Long Beach State on Tuesday night in the North Gym. USC still had hopes of qualifying for the MPSF Championships, but coupled with UC Santa Barbara's win over Cal State Northridge, Pacific claimed the eighth and final seed. In his final match, senior swing hitter Chris Guigliano led the Trojans with 18 kills and 6 digs. Freshman setter Donald Suxho had 40 assists and 5 digs.

    Athletes of the Week

    George Bastl, Men's Tennis
    Bastl, a junior, won 3 matches while playing No. 1 singles last week, and also won 3 times at No. 1 doubles with Kyle Spencer.

    Seth Etherton, Baseball
    Etherton, a junior righthander, went 8 innings and limited Arizona to 1 unearned run on just 4 hits and a walk while striking out 11 in a 10-1 victory. He is currently 7-2 with a 3.61 ERA.

    Grazyna Penc, Women's Track
    Penc, a sophomore, broke the 8-year-old school record in the 1500 meters with a time of 4:12.05 at the Mt. SAC Relays.