Athletics News

    April 29, 1997

    The Week in Review/Preview

    Sport                  Record  Conf. Record    Nat'l Rank           Last Week
    Baseball               36-18  17-13            12th (Base. Amer.)   lost at Cal State Northridge, 18-17 2-1 vs. UCLA
    Men's Golf              ---    ---              3rd (Golfweek)      1st at U.S. Intercollegiate
    Women's Golf            ---    6th             25th (Rolex)         6th at Pac-10 Championships
    Men's Tennis           16-5    6-4 (3rd)       17th (Rolex)         competed at Pac-10 Championships
    Women's Tennis          8-15   0-10 (6th)      33rd (Rolex)         competed at Pac-10 Championships
    Men's Track and Field   6-1    ---             13th (Trackwire)     competed at Fullerton Open
    Women's Track and Field 7-0    ---              6th (Trackwire)     competed at Fullerton Open
    Women's Water Polo     13-18   0-6 (5th)        7th (coaches)       7th at Western Regionals
    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 Swim & Diving     8-0    4-0 (2nd)       6th                  6th at NCAA Championships
    Women's Swim & Diving   9-1    4-1 (2nd)       1st                  first-ever national championship
    Men's Volleyball       12-12   9-10 (9th)     13th (VB Mag.)        Guigliano, Seiffert, All-MPSF hon. men.
    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
    Tuesday:     Baseball, at UC Santa Barbara, 2:30 p.m.
    Saturday:    Track, vs. UCLA and Brigham Young, Cromwell Field, 11 a.m. -- FOX Sports West 2
    

    Baseball
    USC fared well against No. 2 UCLA over the weekend, taking 2 out of 3 games. In Friday's opener at Jackie Robinson Stadium, the Trojans got home runs from junior outfielder Jeremy Freitas, freshman catcher Eric Munson and junior third baseman Morgan Ensberg and took advantage of 8 Bruin errors to capture a 10-6 victory. Senior righthander Scott Henderson picked up the win in relief while junior righthander Jack Krawczyk became USC's all-time save leader with his 26th save (including a nation-leading 11 in 1997).

    In the second game at Dedeaux Field, USC pounded out 18 hits -- including 4 by senior first baseman Greg Walbridge -- en route to an 11-2 victory over the Bruins. Junior righthander Seth Etherton went 8 innings and struck out 8 to get the win. Sophomore outfielder Robb Gorr and Munson homered for the Trojans and Munson added 4 RBI.

    UCLA took the season finale, 14-4, at Jackie Robinson Stadium, with the help of 14 hits. USC junior second baseman Wes Rachels had 3 hits, including his second home run of the year.

    Women's Crew
    The Women of Troy competed at the Miller Cup in Marina del Rey on Saturday. The Varsity team took second behind UC Santa Barbara in the third-level final, the Junior Varsity team took fourth in the grand final and the Novice team was third in the third-level final.

    Men's Golf
    Senior Roger Tambellini's second-place tie paced USC to its fourth title of the spring, as the Trojans won the U.S. Intercollegiate at Stanford over the weekend. The Trojans shot an 851, 8 strokes better than the host Cardinal. Tambellini shot a 1-under-par 212, sophomore Jorge Corral shot a 214 to tie for sixth, senior Brian Hull and freshman Nick Webb both shot a 215 to tie for 10th and senior Chad Wright shot a 217 to tie for 17th.

    Women's Golf
    Junior Ida Danielsson shot a 230 to tie for 20th as the Women of Troy placed sixth at the Pacific-10 Conference Championships, hosted by Washington last week. Freshman Linda Ishii tied for 22nd with a 231, sophomore Johanna Josefsson tied for 25th with a 232 and senior Leanne Wong tied for 29th with a 233. Josefsson was named to the All-Pac-10 honorable mention team.

    Men's Tennis
    Junior George Bastl reached the semifinals of the main draw of the Pacific-10 Conference Championships in Ojai last weekend before losing to Stanford's Ryan Wolters (6-4, 7-5). He had wins against Alex Osterrieth of Arizona State (6-4, 6-3), Chris Santoso of California (6-2, 6-2) and Kevin Kim of UCLA (6-3, 6-2). Freshman Patrick Gottesleben made it to the quarterfinals with 2 wins.

    In the invitational draw, senior Fernando Samayoa and freshman Akram Zaman both made the quarterfinals in singles and then paired up and reached the final of the doubles tournament before losing to Stanford's Geoff Abrams and Grant Elliott (6-3, 3-6, 6-0).

    Women's Tennis
    Only the doubles team of sophomore Karolina Baklarova and freshman Jacqui Boyd got past the first round of the main draw of the Pacific-10 Conference Championships last week in Ojai. The duo defeated Cal's Esther Knox and Francesca La'O (6-2, 2-6, 6-2) in the first round before losing to Stanford's Ania Bleszynski and Julie Scott (6-2, 6-3) in the quarterfinals. All 4 singles players lost in the first round.

    In the invitational draw, the doubles team of junios Amber Basica and Pam Trump made it to the semifinals.

    Men's and Women's Track and Field
    Several athletes competed unattached at the Cal State Fullerton Open on Saturday. Winners included freshman LeRoy Jordan (men's 400m, 49.93), junior Olufemi Ajigbotafe (men's high jump, 2.02m), freshman DeJon Joyner (men's 200m, heat 3, 21.55w), junior Michael Walton (men's 200m, heat 4, 21.52), junior Jennifer Oliveira (women's long jump, 17-9 1/2) and senior Nekeidra Shegog (women's 400m hurdles, 1:00.52)

    Women's Water Polo
    The Women of Troy placed seventh at the Western Regional Qualifying Tournament at California over the weekend, enabling them to move on to the National Championships. The top 7 teams advanced to the finals, hosted by Michigan on May 9-11. In the seventh-place game on Sunday, USC edged UC Davis, 2-1, when senior Cindy Clarke scored in the game's final second. On Friday, USC beat Washington, 14-2, but lost to California, 3-1. On Saturday, USC lost twice, to Stanford, 4-2, and UC Santa Barbara, 4-3.

    Senior Christina McCall was USC's leading scorer, getting 8 goals over the 5 games. Sophomore goalie Bernice Orwig made 40 saves.

    Athletes of the Week

    George Bastl, Men's Tennis
    Bastl, a junior, had the best showing in the main draw among USC's players at the Pacific-10 Conference Championships in Ojai. He reached the semifinals of the singles tournament.

    Seth Etherton, Baseball
    Etherton, a junior, threw 8 strong innings in an 11-2 win over No. 2 UCLA on Saturday. He allowed just 7 hits, 2 walks and 1 earned run while striking out 8.

    Roger Tambellini, Men's Golf
    Tambellini, a senior, finished in a second-place tie at the U.S. Intercollegiate last weekend, helping USC to the team title. He shot a 1-under-par 212.