Trojans Picked To Top MPSF|
Aug 20, 2013
As the 2013 season looms large on the horizon and the USC men's water polo team starts its journey toward defense of five consecutive NCAA championships, the Trojans have received an early boost of confidence for the conference race to come as well. USC has been picked as the No. 1 team in the MPSF for 2013, edging out Stanford by one point in the MPSF Coaches Preseason Poll, released today.
USC rolled undefeated through its 2012 campaign, winning its eighth MPSF Tournament title and going on to claim its eighth overall national championship. The Trojans graduated five members of that 2012 team, but the depth of talent is still pooled deep at Troy. National Player of the Year Nikola Vavic leads a group of five All-Americans, including four of its top-five scorers from last season. All-Americans James Clark and Kostas Genidounias return from international waters having competed at the FINA World Championships this past summer, rejoining fellow All-Americans Jeremy Davie and Mace Rapsey as an experienced and savvy corps of talent for the season to come. In all, USC brings back nine Trojans who scored at least 10 goals last season.
Twelve-time National Coach of the Year Jovan Vavic is at the helm once again, preparing his troops for another competitive season. His Trojans received five first-place votes for 61 total points in the 2013 MPSF Coaches Preseason Poll to take the top spot in this year's poll. Stanford, which finished 2012 in the MPSF Semifinals for a 16-7 overall record, picked up four first-place votes for 2013 to come up short of the Trojans with 60 points. Pacific is next in line at No. 3 with 47 points, followed by a tie at No. 4 between UCLA and California with 41 points apiece. The bottom half of the poll has UC Santa Barbara at No. 6, Long Beach State at No. 7, UC Irvine at No. 8 and Pepperdine at No. 9.
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