Athletics News

    Nov. 18, 1996

    The Week in Review / Preview

    Sport                  Record  Conf. Rec   Nat'l Rank        Last Week
    Men's Basketball        0-0     0-0          ---             def. Mexican University Stars, 85-48
    Women's Basketball      0-0     0-0          ---             def. Denmark Amager, 85-52
    Women's Cross Country   ---     ---          ---             seventh at District 8 Meet
    Football                5-5     3-4          ---             none
    Men's Golf              ---     ---          5th (Golfweek)  none
    Women's Golf            ---     ---          29th (Rolex)    none
    Men's Swimming          2-0     2-0          6th (Speedo)    def. Arizona, 172-69
                                                                 def. Arizona State, 178-63
    Women's Swimming        3-0     2-0          4th (Speedo)    def. Arizona, 137-103
                                                                 def. Arizona State, 207-91
                                                                 def. Florida, 183-118
    Women's Volleyball      17-7   11-5          12th (AVCA)     def. California, 3-0
                                                                 lost to Stanford, 3-0
    Men's Water Polo        18-2    7-1          1st (coaches)   def. UCLA, 13-10
                                                                 def. Pepperdine, 9-2
    Season Complete        Record  Conf. Fin   Nat'l Finish      Notes
    Women's Soccer          15-5    4-3          (t4th)          Isabelle Harvey Pac-10 scoring champ

    This Week

    Men's Basketball, vs. Slam Dunk Foundation, Lyon Center, 7 p.m.
    Men's Tennis, at Southern California Intercollegiates, at L.A. Tennis Club, through Sunday
    Women's Volleyball, at Oregon State, 7 p.m.
    Men's and Women's Diving, Trojan Diving Invitational, McDonald's Swim Stadium, 9:45 a.m.
    Women's Volleyball, at Oregon, 7 p.m.
    Men's and Women's Diving, Trojan Diving Invitational, McDonald's Swim Stadium, 9:45 a.m.
    Men's Water Polo, at UCLA, Rose Bowl Aquatics Center, 10 a.m.
    Football, at UCLA, Rose Bowl, 12:30 p.m. -- ABC-TV
    Men's and Women's Diving, Trojan Diving Invitational, McDonald's Swim Stadium, 11 a.m.

    The Week in Review/Preview

    Men's Basketball

    Senior guard Stais Boseman scored a team-high 17 points and senior swingman Rodrick Rhodes added 15 in his USC debut to lead the Trojans to an 85-48 exhibition victory over the Mexican University Stars last Monday night at the Lyon Center.

    Senior center David Crouse scored 13 points on 5-of-5 shooting and had 6 rebounds for the Trojans, who led 37-28 at halftime and went on a 22-3 run midway through the second half to break the game open.

    Women's Basketball

    The USC women's basketball team opened the preseason with an exhibition win against Amager Club of Denmark, 85-52, at the Lyon Center on Sunday.

    USC was led by senior forward Tina Thompson's 27 points and 11 rebounds and senior forward Rashida Jeffery's 17 points. Senior center Michelle Campbell also had 11 points and 11 rebounds.

    Women's Cross Country

    As a team, USC's season ended with a seventh-place finish at the District 8 Meet, held at Fresno State on Saturday. But senior Emebet Shiferaw's season will continue, as her second-place finish in 17:03 qualified her for the NCAA Championships in Arizona on Nov. 25.

    Freshmen Grazyna Penc and Kristie Johnston placed 12th and 14th, respectively. Penc still has a chance to be selected as an at-large runner for the NCAAs.

    "Emebet had a really great race," USC Coach Tom Walsh said. "We're very pleased with second place. With 3 in the top 15, I'm very happy. Placing seventh was a good showing considering USC had never been to this meet before."

    Men's and Women's Swimming

    The Trojans opened the season with wins over Arizona (172-69) and Arizona State (178-63) at the McDonald's Swim Stadium. Senior Jeff Julian and junior Chris Mylan were double winners, with Julian taking the 200 free and 200 fly and Mylan winning the 200 IM and 200 breast.

    The Women of Troy picked up 3 wins, over Arizona (137-103) on Friday and Arizona State (207-91) and Florida (183-118) on Saturday at the McDonald's Swim Stadium. Sophomore Lindsay Benko won the 200 and 500 free both days, as did senior Kristine Quance in the 200 breast.

    "I was very pleased with both the men's and women's teams' performances on Friday and Saturday," USC Coach Mark Schubert said. "The outstanding performances for the women came from Kristine Quance, who won 5 events and was on 2 winning relays, and Lindsay Benko, who won 5 events and was on 1 winning relay.

    "For the men, Lenny Krayzelburg was outstanding. Both his 100 and 200 backstroke times were lifetime bests and should qualify him for the NCAAs and rank him first in the country. David Meca also swam well and his 1650 free time was a lifetime best and should qualify for the NCAAs."

    Also, USC diving coach Jeff Shaffer was named 1 of 2 USOC National Coaches of the Year on Saturday.

    Women's Tennis

    Sophomore Ditta Huber fared best among USC's performers at the Rolex Southern California Regional Championships at UC Irvine last week. She reached the semifinals before losing to the eventual champion, Marianne Vallin of UNLV. In doubles, the team of junior Nicole London and sophomore Karolina Baklarova reached the third round before losing.

    Women's Volleyball

    The Women of Troy dominated California, 15-8, 15-8, 15-9, on Friday night at the North Gym, but then lost to No. 2 Stanford, 15-6, 15-12, 15-5, on Saturday night.

    Against the Golden Bears, senior outside hitter Vesna Dragicevic had 20 kills and 5 blocks and sophomore middle blocker Jasmina Marinkovic had 11 kills and 8 blocks. Sophomore setter Janice Mounts had 46 assists. USC outhit Cal, .295-.126.

    No one had more than 7 kills against the Cardinal. Mounts had 28 assists and Dragicevic and sophomore outside hitter Sara Stephen had 9 digs apiece. Stanford outhit USC, .339-.162. It was the first time this year USC had been swept.

    The Women of Troy end the Pac-10 season with a road trip to the Oregon schools this weekend.

    "The 3-0 win over California was solid," USC Coach Lisa Love said. "Unfortunately, against Stanford, we got out of our rhythm offensively and we were not passing as well as we needed to. There were periods of excellent volleyball but we couldn't sustain it throughout the match. Now we have to take care of business at Oregon and Oregon State and finish out the conference on a high note."

    Men's Water Polo

    USC went 2-0 last week, including a hard-fought 13-10 win against No. 3 UCLA on Thursday at the McDonald's Swim Stadium. Seniors Dan Cherrie, Hrvoje Cizmic and Brennan Shum each scored 3 goals, and senior goalkeeper Brendan Grubbs made 6 of his 9 saves in the pivotal third quarter, when the Trojans turned a 7-7 halftime tie into an 11-8 lead. USC clinched a tie for the MPSF regular-season title.

    The Trojans got their defense back on track with a terrific performance against No. 8 Pepperdine, 9-2, on Sunday at the McDonald's Swim Stadium in their home finale. Senior Marko Zagar scored 4 goals and Grubbs made 10 saves.

    USC closes the regular season with a nonconference game against UCLA on Saturday at the Rose Bowl Aquatics Center at 10 a.m.

    "We did a much better job in both games, especially with our 6-on-5 defense," USC co-head coach Jovan Vavic said. "That was lacking in the loss to Stanford. When you play good man-down defense, your chances are much better. Offensively we've been playing very well. Some of the players who don't usually score for us contributed greatly, like Cherrie and Shum."

    Athletes of the Week

    Emebet Shiferaw, Women's Cross Country

    Shiferaw, a senior, earned her second straight trip to the NCAA Championships with a second-place finish in 17:03 at the District 8 Meet at Fresno State.

    Marko Zagar, Men's Water Polo

    Zagar scored 2 important third-quarter goals in the win against UCLA, then added 4 more against Pepperdine, and was named MPSF Player of the Week. He is USC's hottest player, with 20 points in the last 6 games.

    Honorable Mention: The USC Trojan Marching Band, which opened Troy Week with a 31-18 win over the UCLA band on Sunday at Cromwell Field.