Trojans excel around the world in tennis, soccer and water polo this weekend.
Dec. 10, 2012
Three very different USC women's teams staked a claim on international dominance this past weekend. From tennis, to soccer to water polo, there were Women of Troy past, present and future making names for themselves across the globe. Let's check in on USC stars shining bright for national pride around the world:
Zoe Scandalis -- women's tennis
Where: Aix-en-Provence, France
What: Master'U BNP Paribas
How: Selected to the USA's Master'U BNP Paribas team for the first time, sophomore Zoe Scandalis follows in the footsteps of recent USC star, graduate Maria Sanchez. As a member of the United States squad, Scandalis competed in the seventh annual international collegiate team tournament Dec. 5-9. The six-player USA team, which also boasted USC junior Ray Sarmiento as one of the three male players on the squad, won the title over Germany on Sunday. The U.S. team also beat Belgium and Russia in the run-up to the championship against German, where Scandalis helped the USA to victory with her thrilling three-set singles win. Scandalis is USC's highest ranked singles player at No. 7 in the ITA preseason rankings coming off a freshman season that saw her named the ITA National Player to Watch.
Amy Rodriguez -- women's soccer
Ioanna & Stephania Haralabidis
Where: Detroit, Michigan
What: USA def. China on Fan Tribute Tour
How: USC's only women's soccer Olympian, Amy Rodriguez, picked up her 100th cap with the U.S. women's national team over the weekend. It was a landmark achievement for the Trojan, who was a 2007 NCAA Champion at USC and has won two Olympic gold medals with Team USA. On Saturday, Rodriguez got the start for the USA's Fan Tribute Tour face-off with China in earning her momentous 100th cap -- becoming just the 29th U.S. player ever to hit that career mark. Rodriguez has scored eight goals for the USA this year.
-- women's water polo
FINA Youth World Championships
Ioanna and Stephania Haralabidis represent the future of USC water polo as newly signed members of the Trojans next class of talent, who will join the USC roster for 2013-14. The twin sisters helped Greece's Youth National Team win gold at the 2013 FINA Youth World Championships on Sunday. After nine days of battle in Australia, Ionna and Stephania combined for four goals in the championship game (one by Ioanna and three by Stephania) to lift Greece to a 9-5 victory over Hungary. In all, the sisters combined for 19 goals for Greece during the tournament.