Men's Water Polo
    No. 2 USC Men Open Season At Triton Invitational

    The Trojans line up for their season opener this weekend in La Jolla!
    Sept. 2, 2015

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    THIS WEEK
    The No. 2 USC men's water polo team splashes down in La Jolla this weekend to engage in its first official action of the 2015 campaign. The Trojans are lined up for duty at the Triton Invitational, hosted by UC San Diego, on Sept. 5-6. USC will play two official games and two exhibition games at the event. First up, USC's season-opener has the Trojans up against Cal Baptist at 11:10 a.m. on Saturday (Sept. 5) followed by an exhibition clash against MPSF-mate Pepperdine at 4:30 p.m. that afternoon. On Sunday (Sept. 6), USC will open up with another exhibition matchup against an MPSF opponent with a 9:20 a.m. affair against UC Irvine. The Trojans will wrap their action in La Jolla with an official game against Concordia at 12:30 p.m.

    THE LAST MEETING
    Cal Baptist4
    USC13
    September 8, 2012
    McDonald's Swim Stadium
    No. 1 Trojans Top Cal Baptist 13-4
    The No. 1 USC men's water polo team shut out visiting No. 17 Cal Baptist in the fourth period of the Trojans' home opener today, successfully defending McDonald's Swim Stadium with a 13-4 victory over the Lancers. A stifling USC defense anchored by goalie Ely Bonilla backed up the Trojan cause, which overcame a tight start before going on to score five straight goals to end the game. USC improves to 4-0 on the year with the win, while Cal Baptist goes to 0-3.

    THE LAST MEETING
    USC21
    Pepperdine5
    September 27, 2014
    Malibu, Calif.
    No. 4 USC Jams Pepperdine 21-5 In MPSF Opener
    The No. 4 USC men's water polo team forced its way to a conference-opening victory with authority today, breaking open the game at No. 11 Pepperdine for a 21-5 win in Malibu. The Trojans plunked in the first three goals of the game and steadily increased their vice grip on the game. In the final frame, USC left no doubt in pinning up eight more goals to register the dominating 1-0 start to MPSF action. Kostas Genidounias delivered his second during that final frame, pulling himself into a tie at No. 2 in USC's career scoring chart. The Trojans now hold an 11-2 overall record on the year.

    THE LAST MEETING
    Concordia6
    USC20
    September 14, 2014
    Redlands, Calif.
    THE LAST MEETING
    USC12
    UC Irvine5
    November 21, 2014
    Long Beach, Calif.
    No. 3 USC Storms Into MPSF Semis With 12-5 Victory Over UC Irvine
    The No. 3 USC men's water polo team scooped up a solid victory with a balanced attack against UC Irvine in today's MPSF Tournament. The Trojans punch a ticket to tomorrow's semifinals thanks to the 12-5 victory over the Anteaters, setting up a shot at defending USC's MPSF Tournament title. The Trojans will face No. 2 seed Stanford tomorrow (Nov. 22) at 3 p.m. in the MPSF semifinal at Long Beach State's Ken Lindgren Aquatics Center.

    RANKINGS
    USC has been tabbed at No. 2 in the nation in the preseason national poll and in the MPSF preseason coaches' poll as the Trojans take aim the 2015 season. USC has reached the NCAA title match for 10 consecutive seasons, with seven championships won in that span, and the Trojans are intent on a return trip to the top this year.

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    2015 TROJANS AT A GLANCE
    As head coach Jovan Vavic digs into his third decade at the helm of the USC water polo program, the 2015 Trojans look to be a force to reckon with once again. Coming off their 10th consecutive trip to the NCAA final, the Trojans bring back a hefty load of players from that 2014 campaign. The only Trojan with three full seasons under his belt is redshirt senior Mac Carden. Meanwhile, USC's youth movement now includes a powerful group of sophomores, including All-Americans McQuin Baron, Mihajlo Milicevic and James Walters. The relative veteran of that 2014 All-American crew, Nick Bell, enters his junior season as a Trojan. Baron and Bell also were All-MPSF honorees last season along with now-graduated All-Americans Rex Butler and Marc Vonderweidt and Cutino Award winner Kostas Genidounias.

    TRITON INVITE
    The 2015 Triton Invitational presents the first official competition of the season for most of the 16 teams involved. Any matchups between MPSF teams will be played as exhibition games, but all other action will go down as official results for participating teams. The Trojans can take a winning start to the season for the 21st straight year with wins over Cal Baptist and Concordia. USC has never lost to either team, holding a 9-0 all-time record against the Lancers and a 4-0 mark against the Eagles.

    QUALIFIED!
    Over the summer, several Trojans combined forces with their respective national teams in order to secure qualification to the coming 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. Current USC goalie McQuin Baron capped up along with USC grad Nikola Vavic for Team USA, winning gold at the 2015 Pan American Games to earn the United States a spot in Rio. Weeks later, those two Trojans were among a group of four USC men in action at the 2015 FINA World Championships in Kazan, Russia. When the waves settled out there, USC's recent grad Kostas Genidounias was gripping a bronze medal that secured Greece with a ticket to the 2016 Games. The fourth Trojan male competing at Worlds was another Cutino Award winner, goalie Joel Dennerley, who is looking to make another Olympic appearance for Australia when he and the Aussies fight for qualification out of Oceania.

    2014 RECAP
    USC continued its streak of reaching NCAA title matches after upsetting No. 2 seeded Stanford in sudden-death overtime in the NCAA semifinals. The No. 3 seeded Trojans had to start their NCAA journey with a play-in game, and would surge into the final to face top-seeded UCLA. A 9-8 loss left the 2014 Trojans short of a seventh consecutive national championship, but the young Trojans had made a statement still in reaching the NCAA final for the 10th straight year. Under head coach Jovan Vavic's guidance, USC finished the 2014 campaign with a 24-7 overall record after a 6-2 mark in MPSF play. Senior Kostas Genidounias broke USC's all-time scoring record en route to being named the Peter J. Cutino Award recipient to go along with his 2014 honors as MPSF and National Player of the Year. The four-time All-American was joined by fellow seniors Rex Butler and Marc Vonderweidt on 2014's All-American honor roll, as were four representatives of USC's youth movement in sophomore Nick Bell and freshmen McQuin Baron, Mihajlo Milicevic and James Walters. In all, the Trojan offense -- charged by 21 different scorers -- averaged 14-2 goals per game, while the defense allowed 6.9 goals against per game. By season's end, USC had outscored opponents 439-213. Freshman goalie Baron set the USC record for single-season saves with 288 collected in his first year as a Trojans.

    FIGHTING ON FOR JON
    On Jan. 8, 2014, the Trojan Family lost a special member in the passing of USC freshman Jon Walters. At 19 years old, Walters was an NCAA Champion, beloved teammate and a Trojan warrior for the USC men's water polo team. His loss has touched the Trojan Family and the water polo world deeply, and the USC water polo program continues to play with Jon in their hearts. As a first-year freshman 2-meter man, Jon Walters was a key contributor on USC's 2013 NCAA championship men's water polo team that won a sixth consecutive NCAA title in December. He scored 17 goals on the year, including two in the NCAA semifinal game and another two in the MPSF championship game, despite missing the middle part of the season with an elbow injury. A native of Newport Beach, he attended Mater Dei High School, where he was an All-American and the 2012 CIF Player of the Year. Jon's younger brother James is now a sophomore at USC, coming off a freshman campaign that saw the younger Walters earn All-American Honorable Mention in 2014. •