Athletics News

    Nov. 11, 1996

    The Week in Review/Preview

    Football

    USC suffered another disappointing defeat, this time at Stanford, 24-20, on Saturday. USC must now beat both UCLA and Notre Dame in its final 2 games to qualify for a bowl game. The Trojans led, 20-7, at halftime, but struggled again in the second half.

    Senior quarterback Brad Otton was 23-for-47 for 277 yards and 2 touchdowns.

    The Nov. 23 UCLA game at the Rose Bowl has been set for 12:30 p.m. on ABC-TV.

    Men's Golf

    The Trojans placed 10th at the Golf World Intercollegiate in Hilton Head, S.C., last week, 29 strokes behind Texas Christian, the winner. Senior Roger Tambellini was USC's top finisher, tying for eighth with a 213. Senior Chad Wright tied for 34th and senior Brian Hull tied for 49th.

    Women's Soccer

    USC went 2-0 on the week, with a thrilling 4-2 comeback overtime win at Cal State Fullerton on Wednesday and a 2-0 victory against Pepperdine on Sunday at the Coliseum.

    After falling behind 2-0 in the 63rd minute against the Titans, the Women of Troy came alive with a penalty-kick goal by freshman forward Isabelle Harvey 2 minutes later, and then a goal by freshman midfielder Kim Clark in the 77th minute to tie the score. Harvey added 2 more goals in the second overtime period. Harvey wrapped up the Pacific-10 Conference scoring crown with her 3-goal, 1-assist performance.

    Clark scored a first-half goal against the Waves off assists from Harvey and freshman forward Kaylee Whitfield, and then Harvey scored on a penalty kick in the second half.

    Men's Tennis

    Several Trojans had second-place finishes at the Ice Volleys Tennis Showcase, hosted by Minnesota over the weekend: junior Kyle Spencer in No. 1 singles, freshman Johannes Mueller in No. 2 and the team of freshman Ryan Hollis and sophomore Andrew Hughes in No. 3 doubles.

    Women's Volleyball

    The Women of Troy split a tough road trip, sweeping Washington, 15-12, 15-12, 15-9, on Friday, then losing to Washington State, 15-11, 15-9, 11-15, 15-11, on Saturday.

    USC had a balanced attack against the Huskies, with sophomore outside hitter Jennifer Kessy and sophomore middle blocker Jasmina Marinkovic getting 18 kills each and senior outside hitter Vesna Dragicevic adding 17. As a team, USC hit .307.

    The hitting percentage went down a bit (.219) in the loss to the Cougars, and WSU hit .271. Dragicevic had 21 kills, Kessy had 19 and Marinkovic had 15.

    USC hosts California and Stanford this weekend.

    "We played really well against Washington," USC Coach Lisa Love said. "We were disappointed we didn't get the sweep against Washington State, although it was an incredibly hard-fought match. Now we look forward to our last homestand of the Pac-10 season and our next-to-last conference weekend of the season. Stanford will obviously be a challenge but Cal is also a solid team."

    Men's Water Polo

    The Trojans lost their first game in the last 14, falling at Stanford, 11-10, on Saturday. The No. 2 Cardinal now takes over the inside track for the MPSF regular-season title. USC closes its MPSF schedule with a home game against No. 3 UCLA on Thursday, then hosts Pepperdine on Sunday in a nonconference game.

    "This was actually one of the great water polo games between USC and Stanford of all time," USC Coach John Williams said. "After Marko (Zagar) hit a 2-pointer to tie the game 3-3, it was never separated by more than 1 goal. Unfortunately, they ended up with the last advantage."

    Senior driver Zagar had 4 goals and 5 points to lead the Trojans, and senior goalkeeper Brendan Grubbs made 9 saves.

    Athletes of the Week

    Isabelle Harvey and Amy Peterson, Women's Soccer
    Harvey, a freshman forward, scored 4 goals and had 2 assists in 2 games last week. She won the Pacific-10 Conference goals, assists and points titles.

    Peterson, a senior forward, played her final home game for the Women of Troy on Sunday. She became the women's soccer program's first 4-year letterwinner and 4-year starter, and holds career records for games played, games started, points, goals, assists and shots on goal.

    Janice Mounts, Women's Volleyball
    Mounts, a sophomore setter, had a combined 113 assists in USC's split at the Washington schools. She also had 11 kills (against 4 errors) in 18 attempts (.389), 26 digs (including 18 vs. WSU) and 3 block assists.

    Marko Zagar, Men's Water Polo
    Zagar, a senior driver, scored 5 points in the loss to Stanford. He has taken over the team scoring lead after getting 14 points in the last 4 games.