No. 1 USC Wins Uytengsu Opener With 22-7 Victory over Bakersfield
March 7, 2014
LOS ANGELES - The No.1 USC women's water polo team celebrated its home opener on Friday with a comfortable win over Bakersfield 22-7 at the newly built Uytengsu Aquatics Center, extending its winning streak to 14. The Women of Troy remains undefeated in the 2014 season and take a 2-0 start in MPSF play.
The Trojans kicked off the game with a quick start as they finished the first quarter with a 9-2 lead. Ioanna Haralabidis completed a swift hat trick before the first buzzer. In addition, Ioanna's sister Stephania Haralabidis and Kelly Mendoza collected a brace respectively in the first frame.
The second quarter started off slowly as both teams struggled to score for as long as four minutes until Monica Vavic broke the stalemate at 4:15 with a beautiful loop shot into the top right corner. Under Vavic's lead The Women of Troy fired up their engines and expanded the score gap to 14-2 before the halftime. Trojans' fearless defense suffocated the Roadrunners in leaving them scoreless in the second quarter. Meanwhile, Stephania Haralabidis completed her halftime hat trick along with Vavic.
The Trojan loosened their grip on defense in conceding two penalty shots during the third quarter. Kristen Jensen of the Bakersfield took the chance and completed the team's first and only hat trick of the game. However, Trojans' offense remained consistent, adding four more goals to the scoreboard. Olivia Cummins also completed her own hat trick with a goal that ended the quarter as a 18-5 USC lead.
In the fourth quarter, the Women of Troy remained dominant. Nikki Stansfield started out with a bang as she, too, had herself a hat trick in just four minutes. Natalie Lavinsky also placed her name on the scoresheet en route to the commanding 22-7 victory, which concluded USC's first gamin the the state-of-the-art Uytengsu Aquatics Center.
USC will to return to Uytengsu Aquatics Center next week with a Saturday (March 15) matchup against California. The game will be broadcast live on Pac-12 Network at 4:30 p.m.
#1 USC 22, Bakersfield 7