Women's Water Polo
    No. 3 USC Lines Up For Four Games At The Lancer Invite

    Jayde Appel and the Trojans are off to Riverside this week for the Lancer Invitational.
    Feb. 11, 2015

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    THIS WEEK
    USC will take its undefeated start to 2015 out to the Inland Empire this week, lining up for four games out at the Lancer Invitational from Feb. 13-14. The Women of Troy (6-0) go up against host Cal Baptist to open up the event, facing the Lancers at 4 p.m. on Friday (Feb. 13). Immediately after that, USC will take on Redlands at 5:15 p.m. On Saturday (Feb. 14), the Trojans have their first game set for 11:30 a.m. against Pomona-Pitzer before splashing down at 2 p.m. to take on Occidental.

    THE LAST MEETING
    Cal Baptist3
    USC24
    January 17, 2015
    Westwood, Calif.
    Two Big Wins To Kick Off 2015 For No. 3 USC
    The No. 3 USC women's water polo team hauled in two sizable victories in its first action of the year, beating Bakersfield 33-5 and then handing out a 24-3 win over Cal Baptist in early-season competition in Westwood today. Senior Monica Vavic scored 14 goals across the two wins to pace the high-powered Trojan offense, but there was plenty of other firepower for the Trojan cause. By day's end, USC had seven newcomers logged with their first career goals as Trojans, while freshman goalie Victória Chamorro clocked in a solid performance in the cage for her first minutes with the Women of Troy.

    THE LAST MEETING
    USC24
    Redlands1
    February 14, 2014
    Riverside, Calif.
    Top-Ranked Trojans Post Two More Hefty Wins
    The No. 1 USC women's water polo team rang up two sizable victories in today's first day of action at the Lancer Invitational. The Trojans went back-back-with big wins in Riverside, first serving up a 26-2 win over Fresno Pacific before turning around and dropping Redlands with a 24-1 decision. Now 6-0 on the year, the defending national champions take on two more teams tomorrow in the action in Riverside.

    THE LAST MEETING
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    Occidental2
    March 22, 1997
    Pomona, Calif.
    THE LAST MEETING
    USC27
    Pomona-Pitzer1
    May 10, 2013
    Boston, Mass.
    No. 1 USC Streaks Into NCAA Semifinals
    The top-seeded USC women's water polo team will carry a scoring streak of 27 unanswered goals into tomorrow's NCAA Semifinals after the Trojans trounced No. 8 seed Pomona-Pitzer 27-1 in today's NCAA Championship first round at Harvard's Blodgett Pool. The Sagehens managed a nice goal out of the gates, but the score shook the Women of Troy back to full attention to the task at hand. Now holding a 25-1 overall record, USC is looking for a fourth national championship, and to get into title contention the Trojans will need to get through No. 4 seed Hawai'i tomorrow (May 11) in the NCAA Semifinals at 5:15 p.m. ET.

    USC IN THE RANKINGS
    USC opened 2015 ranked No. 3 in both the national and MPSF preseason polls. Now four weeks into the season, the Trojans remain ranked as the nation's No. 3 team.

    LAST WEEK
    USC roared to victory at the Triton Invitational last week, with several different Trojans coming up big along the way. In the first game of the tourney, senior Monica Vavic drilled seven goals while junior newcomer Melissa Bergesen set a career best for herself as a Trojan with six goals scored in that same game -- a 22-4 win over Cal State East Bay. The next game of the day was a more even-scoring affair, with nine Trojans getting to the back of the net in a 15-1 win over Long Beach State. Vavic and Ioanna Haralabidis set the pace with a hat trick apiece, and the three-goal outing from Vavic bumped the senior up to No. 3 all-time in career scoring at Troy. By the end of the tournament, she'd stand alone at No. 3, now holding 219 career goals after punching up four more on the second day. That day, it was Stephania Haralabidis who really drummed up the big numbers for the Trojans. She'd lead the way with five goals in USC's 19-3 win over CSUN in the morning's semifinals, and then Haralabidis knocked in five more as USC beat UC Irvine 10-5 in the title match to win the tournament championship. Freshman goalie Victória Chamorro also went big in that win, hauling in 15 saves against the Anteaters to help keep USC on track to the title.

    TROJAN SWEEPS WEEK
    USC's youth movement is showing its strength, with sophomore Stephania Haralabidis named MPSF Player of the Week and freshman goalie Victória Chamorro named MPSF Newcomer of the Week on Feb. 10 for their roles in helping the Trojans claim the Triton Invitational championship. Haralabidis was an offensive force for the Women of Troy, while Chamorro backed up the USC defense to great success. The respective MPSF honors are the first of each Trojans' career. Haralabidis twice won Newcomer of the Week honors last season as a freshman. Haralabidis had a huge final day at the Triton Invitational to help power the Trojans to the tournament title. She scored five goals in the semifinal win over #11 CSUN and then replicated that with another five goals tallied in the championship victory over #6 UC Irvine. Hot out of the gates in both games, Haralabidis had four goals in the books by halftime vs. CSUN and a first-period hat trick against UCI. She'd finish out the tournament with 14 total goals after providing two apiece in wins over Cal State East Bay and Long Beach State on the first day of competition. Chamorro set a career best for herself in hauling in 15 saves during USC's Triton Invitational championship victory over #6 UC Irvine. Chamorro went the full four quarters in that one, which USC won 10-5. She'd finish out the tournament with 27 total saves in her 13 periods of work, having played the first three frames in each of the first three games at the tourney. In all, Chamorro allowed just 11 goals during the tournament.

    MONICA ON HER MARK
    In USC's first games of 2015, Monica Vavic got out to a career-best start. She plugged in a career-high eight goals in the Trojans' season-opening win over CSU Bakersfield and then added six more goals in a win over Cal Baptist at the UCLA Invitational. For her powerful kickoff to her senior season, Vavic was selected the MPSF Player of the Week on Jan. 20. Along with her grand total of 14 goals, Vavic also contributed eight assists and seven steals in her five periods of work across the two wins. Vavic served up five assists in the 33-5 win over the Roadrunners and then had three more assists in the 24-3 win over Cal Baptist. Her eight goals scored in the opener matched the most goals in a single game by an MPSF player since 2007 and the most by a Trojan since Aniko Pelle in 2001.

    BY THE NUMBERS
    Through these first six games of 2015, USC is outscoring opponents 123-21, leading the MPSF in offense and defense to date. Senior Monica Vavic is the top scorer to date with 28 goals as she has climbed to No. 3 all-time in career scoring (219 career goals). Next in line in scoring this year is sophomore Stephania Haralabidis with 22 goals, followed by Ioanna Haralabidis with 15 and junior newcomer Melissa Bergesen with 13. On the defensive end, USC has a reliable new anchor in freshman goalie Victória Chamorro, who is averaging 7.2 saves per game and 3.4 goals-against per game in her six appearances to date.

    MORE HISTORY FOR MONICA
    Senior Monica Vavic continues to creep up the career ladder at Troy. Now with 219 career goals, Vavic ranks as USC's No. 3 all-time leading scorer. She's just five goals away from the No. 2 mark set by Olympian Sofia Konoukh with 224. What's more, if Vavic keeps up this pace of over four goals per game, she stands to take over as USC's all-time leader. Currently, Olympian Aniko Pelle holds the top mark of 255 career goals. Vavic also is making her mark in the MPSF history books. She now ranks at No. 19 all-time in the conference. Pelle, by comparison, is No. 5 all-time in the MPSF, with the top conference scorer listed as Pacific's Molly Smith with 286 career goals.

    2015 OUTLOOK
    Twenty years ago, Jovan Vavic got the ball officially rolling for women's water polo at USC. Fair to say, that ball just continues to pick up speed. Under Vavic's guidance, the Women of Troy have won four national championships since that inaugural 1995 season. And ever since winning their second title in 2004, Vavic's Trojans have reached the NCAA Tournament every single season while capturing two more crowns along the way. This year, the USC women show no signs of losing any of that postseason steam. Besides coach Vavic, there are three Women of Troy who have already had a taste of NCAA Championship glory. Junior Jayde Appel and senior All-Americans Eike Daube and Monica Vavic were all three members of USC's 2013 national championship team. Their veteran savvy provides the groundwork for this 2015 roster, which is also replete with plenty of talented youth to help drive USC back toward a 12th consecutive trip to the NCAA tourney after a third-place finish last season and a 26-4 overall mark.

    LOCKED AND RELOADED
    USC's three returning All-Americans alone have proven they can provide serious firepower. Monica Vavic topped the charts in 2014 with 75 goals on her way to a third straight selection as an All-American. Eike Daube and Stephania Haralabidis were first-time All-American honorees last season, having served up a combined 102 goals in weighing in as USC's next most prolific scorers. All told, six of USC's top eight scorers are back for more in 2015. Seniors Daube, Vavic and Jennifer Stiefel were right in that mix last season. Stiefel punched in 31 goals; Daube was third on the team with 44 goals; and Vavic's 75 goals pumped up her career tally to 205 to rank her No. 6 all-time in career scoring -- just 50 goals shy of the all-time record. Fueling the offensive fire further are now-sophomores Stephania and Ioanna Haralablidis, whose 58 and 33 respective goals as freshmen make them key elements for 2015 as well, along with junior Jayde Appel, who struck 25 goals last year. Needless to say, USC has an adept ability to score.

    CAGE FIGHTERS
    USC's backbone for the last four seasons has been in the cage. Olympian and four-time All-American goalie Flora Bolonyai has now graduated, leaving the defensive duties to a new international import. Brazilian national teamer Victória Chamorro takes over as USC's starting goalie, backed up by returners Alegra Hueso and Melanie Slater, who both got in good game action last season. Vavic sees Chamorro as a burgeoning talent for the Trojans.