Men's Water Polo
    Kostas Genidounias Takes MPSF Player of the Week
    Kostas Genidounias was clutch for the Trojans and has grabbed his first MPSF Player of the Week award.
    Kostas Genidounias was clutch for the Trojans and has grabbed his first MPSF Player of the Week award.

    Sept. 24, 2012

    Kostas Genidounias scored two big goals to pull USC even and set up a heroic finish for the Trojans in a 7-6 win over No. 4 Cal in their MPSF opener. For his efforts, the Trojan sophomore has picked up his first career honor as MPSF Player of the Week, making it back-to-back weeks with a Trojan on the honor roll for the conference award.

    Genidounias scored back-to-back goals in the key win over Cal, including an equalizer that made it 5-5 in the third period of play. Genidounias also assisted on two Trojan goals, and had four steals including a takeway against a late Cal 6-on-5 chance in the fourth period. With the two-goal game, Genidounias now has 14 goals on the year. USC improved to 9-0 overall with the win, and takes a 1-0 MPSF start. The victory also marked USC head coach Jovan Vavic's 400th career win on the men's side at USC.

    With his first MPSF Player of the Week award, Genidounias follows teammate Nikola Vavic for back-to-back USC honors from the conference.

    The Trojans now turn to a busy week ahead, where USC will play five games in three days. First up is a nonconference clash with Princeton at 12 p.m. on Friday (Sept. 28) at McDonald's Swim Stadium. The top-ranked Trojans will then head to Santa Barbara, Calif., for action at the SoCal Tournament, which runs Sept. 29-30. USC is looking to claim its ninth SoCal Tournament title in the past 10 years.