USC Sweeps MPSF Weekly Honors|
Feb. 26, 2013
Following a powerful run to the UCI Invitational championship this past weekend, the undefeated USC women's water polo team has registered a sweep of this week's MPSF honors. USC freshman Anni Espar picks up her first award as the MPSF Player of the Week, and junior newcomer Hannah Buckling has grabbed MPSF Newcomer of the Week honors.
Making her Trojan debut this past weekend at the UCI Invitational, USC freshman Anni Espar scored seven goals on the second day of competition to lead the Trojans to the tournament crown. Espar blasted three goals in a tight 11-10 win over No. 3 UCLA in the semifinals. In the title match, Espar went even bigger with a game-high four goals to help lift USC to a 13-10 upset of top-ranked Stanford. With three goals scored on the first day of action, Espar finished her first collegiate tournament as a Trojan with 10 goals to help USC stay perfect at 12-0 overall with the run to the UCI Invite championship.
USC junior Hannah Buckling's second hat trick as a Trojan came in a big USC victory, as the newcomer's three goals helped spark USC to a 13-10 upset of top-ranked Stanford in the UCI Invitational championship match. Buckling scored three straight goals to dig USC out of a 7-5 hole and give the Trojans an 8-7 lead early in the second half. Her hat trick in the title match followed up her one goal in USC's tight 11-10 semifinal win over No. 3 UCLA. In all, Buckling scored five goals during the tournament, including her four goals on the crucial second day of competition.
Espar, Buckling and the Women of Troy now turn to play their first MPSF match of the year this week with a trip to Berkeley to face California at 1 p.m. on Saturday (March. 2).