Olgard, Dennerley And Kurzeka Named USC Credit Union Student-Athletes Of The Week
Dec. 5, 2011
Alexis Olgard of the women's volleyball team as well as Joel Dennerley and Peter Kurzeka of the men's water polo team were named USC Credit Union Student-Athletes of the Week today (Dec. 5) for the week of November 28-Dec. 4.
Alexis Olgard: Women's Volleyball: Sophomore middle blocker Alexis Olgard had a team-high 11 kills Friday as the No. 7-seeded USC Women of Troy opened the 2011 NCAA Women's Volleyball Tournament with a 3-0 sweep (25-13, 25-13, 25-18) over the Yale Bulldogs at the Galen Center. Olgard had no errors while hitting .647 (11-0-17) with three blocks in the first-ever meeting in women's volleyball between the two schools. She also had 11 kills with no errors Saturday as the Trojans swept the Tulsa Golden Hurricane, 3-0 (25-10, 25-20, 25-19), in the second round. Olgard hit .733 (11-0-15) as the Trojans hit .372 as a team with four players recording double-digit kills in the match. USC (27-4) advances to the Honolulu Regional next weekend and will play No. 10-seed Hawai'i in the third round on Friday (December 9). The match features two of the top three teams in the nation according to the latest AVCA poll (No. 1 USC and No. 3 Hawai'i).
Joel Dennerley and Peter Kurzeka: Men's Water Polo: With a commanding 7-4 win over UCLA Sunday, top-seeded USC finished off its fourth consecutive national championship, anchored by two Trojans who will now be proud owners of four national championship rings - seniors Joel Dennerley and Peter Kurzeka. Dennerley hauled in 15 saves and landed himself the NCAA Tournament MVP selection. Kurzeka scored four goals in Friday's semi-final against Princeton and added another in the title game. Both seniors earned All-Tournament First Team honors. Led by head coach Jovan Vavic, the Trojans became the first team in history to win four straight NCAA water polo titles.