USC Serves Up 19-8 Win Over San Jose State To Score MPSF Semifinal Slot|
April 24, 2015
TEMPE, ARIZ. -- The No. 3 seeded USC women's water polo team poured on the scoring in the second half to swamp No. 6 seed San Jose State 19-8 in the MPSF Tournament quarterfinals today in Tempe, Ariz. The Trojans' offensive onslaught included goals from 13 different players. Jayde Appel, Ioanna Haralabidis and Monica Vavic served up a hat trick apiece, while 10 other Women of Troy also got in on the scoring action. Now 22-3 overall, USC heads into the MPSF semifinals tomorrow (April 25) at 12:30 p.m. against UCLA.
The game was replete with ejections, and the Trojans made the most of their early opportunities on the power play. After San Jose State opened the game with a 6-on-5 strike to take a quick lead, USC unleashed seven goals while the Spartans managed just one more as the Trojans took a hefty 7-2 lead out of the gates. Jayde Appel would serve up a pair of goals during that high-powered first frame. She'd also get her team up on at least a pair of 6-on-5 chances and serve up an assist on Eike Daube's 6-on-5 blast that gave USC a 2-1 lead. The Trojans would stay on top the rest of the way from there, with Jennifer Stiefel striking next to make it 3-1. SJSU cut the margin to one 30 seconds later, but USC rattled off the next four goals -- from Stephania Haralabidis, Ioanna Haralabidis, Appel and Brianna Daboub to pocket that 7-2 first-frame advantage. The second period was significantly slower on the scoring front -- perhaps due in part to the downpour of rain that settled over the Mona Plummer Aquatic Center. By halftime, USC was holding an 8-4 lead, but the Trojans would heat up once more for the second half.
Right out of the gates in the this frame, Monica Vavic ripped in back-to-back 6-on-5 goals, and Avery Peterson whipped in a backhand strike out of set to balloon the USC lead to 11-4. SJSU got one to go next, but the Trojans answered back again. Appel earned a 5-meter penalty shot, which Vavic promptly converted to notch her third goal of the period. Just before the close of the frame, Daube hit Ioanna Haralabidis, and USC was gripping a 13-5 lead to enter the final stretch.
There, several new hands joined the scoring party for USC. Freshmen Hayley McKelvey and Sydney Blubaugh hammered home scores, along with newcomers Brigitta Games and Melissa Bergesen. Sophomore Nikki Stansfield, too, tore her way to the back of the net in the fourth to help the Trojans wrap up a 19-8 final victory over the Spartans and punch that ticket to tomorrow's semifinals.
The Women of Troy are aiming to get back to the MPSF Tournament final, which USC last won in 2013. Tomorrow (April 25), No. 3 seeded USC will face No. 2 seed UCLA in the 12:30 p.m. semifinal in Tempe.
2015 MPSF TOURNAMENT (Tempe, Ariz.)