Athletics News

    May 12, 1997

    The Week in Review/Preview

    Sport                  Overall      Conference      Nat'l Rank         Last Week
    Baseball                39-18       17-13 (3rd)   10th (Base. Amer.)   2-0 vs. Cal State Northridge
    Men's Golf                ---         3rd           3rd (Golfweek)     3rd at Pac-10 Championships
    Women's Golf              ---         6th          24th (Rolex)        19th at NCAA Regionals
    Men's Tennis             16-5         6-4 (3rd)    14th (Rolex)        2nd at NCAA Regionals
    Women's Tennis           8-15         0-10 (6th)   34th (Rolex)        2nd at NCAA Regionals
    Men's Track and Field     7-2         ---          21st (Trackwire)    none
    Women's Track and Field   8-1         ---           5th (Trackwire)    none
    Women's Water Polo      15-20         0-6 (5th)     7th                7th at National Championships

    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 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

    Thursday: Men's Golf, at NCAA Regionals, at San Diego State, through Saturday Sunday: Women's Crew, at Pac-10 Championships, at Lake Natoma in Sacramento, 9 a.m.

    The Trojans closed out the regular season with a pair of wins against Cal State Northridge over the weekend. On Saturday in Northridge, USC won 8-7 in 10 innings. Junior righthander Jack Krawczyk earned the win in relief after junior second baseman Wes Rachels scored in the top of the 10th on a 2-out double by sophomore outfielder Brad Ticehurst. Junior third baseman Morgan Ensberg was 4-for-5 and Rachels was 3-for-5 with 3 runs scored. In the second game on Sunday, junior righthander Seth Etherton (9-2) continued his strong pitching as the Trojans defeated the Matadors, 8-2, at Dedeaux Field. Etherton went 7 innings and gave up 1 unearned run on 6 hits and 2 walks while striking out 3. Freshman catcher Eric Munson was 3-for-3 with his team-leading 12th home run. The 8 host schools for the NCAA Regionals are Stanford, LSU, Miami, Alabama, Texas Tech, Oklahoma State, Mississippi State and Florida State. USC will learn where it plays next Monday. Regional play is May 22-25.

    Men's Golf
    The Trojans placed third at the Pac-10 Championships, hosted by Oregon, last week. The Trojans shot 1464, 19 strokes behind Arizona State, which won the title. Senior Chad Wright led USC with a fourth-place finish and a 4-under-par 284. Senior Brian Hull tied for 15th with a 293, senior Roger Tambellini tied for 19th with a 295, sophomore Jorge Corral was 22nd with a 296 and freshman Nick Webb tied for 26th with a 298. Tambellini and Wright were named to the All-Pac-10 first team, Hull made the second team and Corral and Webb earned honorable mention.

    Women's Golf
    The season came to an end over the weekend for the Women of Troy, as they finished 19th out of 20 at the NCAA West Regional in Tucson, Ariz. The top 11 teams advanced to the NCAA Championships. USC shot a 919, 22 strokes back of the cutoff. Arizona State won the tournament with an 865. Freshman Linda Ishii was Troy's top finisher, tying for 42nd with a 226. Senior Leanne Wong tied for 69th, junior Ida Danielsson tied for 75th and junior Danielle LaVoie placed 79th.

    Men's Tennis
    The Trojans will not participate in the NCAA Team Championships for the first time since 1977, when the current format began. USC was upset in the final of the West Regional on Sunday, 4-2, by Fresno State. Earlier in the tournament, which was hosted by UNLV, the Trojans beat UTEP, 4-0, and Brigham Young, 4-3. Junior George Bastl won all 3 of his singles matches and freshman Patrick Gottesleben, freshman Johannes Mueller and senior Fernando Samayoa each won 2 matches.

    Women's Tennis
    Despite not having 2, and then 3, starters due to injury, the women's tennis team finished second at the NCAA West Regional Tournament in San Diego over the weekend. Already without junior Nicole London and freshman Veronika Safarova, USC defeated Fresno State, 5-2, and San Diego, 5-1. In the final, regular No. 1 player sophomore Ditta Huber did not play singles and the Women of Troy lost to Pepperdine, 5-2. Sophomore Eva Jimenez won all 3 of her singles matches, while sophomore Karolina Baklarova and freshman Jacqui Boyd won 2 singles matches each.

    Women's Water Polo
    The Women of Troy took seventh, as might have been expected, at the National Women's Collegiate Championships over the weekend in Ann Arbor, Mich. USC beat UC San Diego, 8-6, in overtime in the seventh-place game. The Women of Troy opened the tournament with a 9-7 win over UMass, then lost to California, 9-6, and UC Santa Barbara, 6-2. Sophomore goalie Bernice Orwig was named to the All-Tournament honorable mention team after making 39 saves in the 4 games. Senior 2-meter player Christina McCall was USC's leading scorer with 8 goals.

    Athletes of the Week

    Bernice Orwig, Women's Water Polo
    Orwig, a sophomore goalie, earned honorable mention All-Tournament honors at the National Championships and helped USC to a seventh-place finish.

    Chad Wright, Men's Golf
    Wright, a senior, placed fourth at the Pac-10 Championships and earned All-Pac-10 honors.