The Trojan Rundown

While spring football takes a brief hiatus we're going to examine how other sports around Trojanland have fared.

While spring football takes a brief hiatus we're going to examine how other sports around Trojanland have fared.

Swimming & Diving: The 2012 NCAA women's swimming and diving championships took place in Auburn, Ala. this past weekend where the Women of Troy won a combined four titles. As a team, the Trojans finished third while senior Katinka Hosszu won the 400-yard individual medley and 200-yard butterfly, Victoria Ishimatsu placed first the 1-meter springboard and junior Haley Anderson placed first in the 500-yard freestyle.
Standout Athlete: Hosszu won half of the Trojans' titles over the weekend and set an NCAA record in the 400-yard individual medley with a time of 3:56.54.

Men's Volleyball: Head coach Bill Ferguson grabbed his 100th career win Friday when his No. 3 Trojans (15-4, 12-4) swept No. 14 UCSB (5-17, 3-14) on the road. Troy dropped two matches to the Gauchos last season, but without gunslinger Jeff Menzel (who is now playing overseas) USC was able to exploit UCSB's weaknesses and hit .379 to the Gauchos' .117.
Standout Athlete: Tony Ciarelli, whose 252 kills this season ties for third in the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation (MPSF). This week Ciarelli earned his fourth-career MPSF Player of the Week and was named a USC Credit Union Student-Athlete of the Week.
Next match: George Mason (non-conference) on Friday, Mar. 23 at 7p.m. in the North Gym.

Track & Field: USC competed in the Northridge Invitational last weekend, but poor weather prevented a majority of the team from competing.
Standout Athlete: Senior Marissa Minderler finished first in the women's javelin with a throw of 40.98 meters.
Next meet: The Trojans host their only meet of the outdoor season this weekend at Loker Stadium where they will compete against top-25 teams like Oregon and Texas A & M. Races begin Friday at 6:30 p.m. and the meet continues Saturday at 9:30 a.m.

Sand Volleyball: USC's newest sport hit full stride as the Women of Troy competed in its second ever tournament this past weekend, at the Annenberg Beach House in Santa Monica (Troy's home site while plans for an on-campus sand court are in the process). In the three-day, four-team tournament, Pepperdine captured the team title while Florida State grabbed the pairs title.
Standout Athletes: Natalie Hagglund and Katie Fuller are undefeated (1-0 team, 3-0 pairs) through four matches this season.

Next tournament: The Women of Troy head to Tallahassee, Fla. this weekend where they face Florida State, Stetson and Florida Gulf Coast in a two-day, four-team tournament. Men's Tennis: The top-ranked Trojan men's team claimed their 38th straight win with a 6-1 victory over No. 10 Florida. Standout Athlete: Senior Steve Johnson continued his singles streak of 51 straight matches while he and Roberto Quiroz also defeated Florida's Billy Federhof and Nassim Slilam in doubles.
Next match: The Trojans have a week off to rest before hosting non-conference opponent Boise State on Monday, Mar. 26.

Women's Tennis: The Women of Troy enjoyed a 4-3 road win at No. 8 Texas last week. As of March 13, USC was ranked No. 4 in the nation. Their only two losses came to UCLA, at home and on the road.
Standout Athlete: Zoe Scandalis, who clinched win for her team with a 6-4, 6-3 performance in singles play.
Next Match: After enjoying a week off coinciding with the university's spring holiday, match play resumes Friday, Mar. 23. at Utah.

Men's Baseball: The 13-6 Trojans grabbed a win over Utah Sunday after dropping three-straight, two to the Utes and one to UCLA at Dodger Stadium for the Dodgertown Classic.
Standout Athlete: Freshman southpaw Stephen Tarpley has three wins in three starts for the Trojans, despite allowing five runs in six innings Sunday. He has a team-high 38 strikeouts through 29.2 innings.
Next game: After staying fairly local the past two weeks, USC heads to Palo Alto, Calif. to face No. 3 Standord for a three-game series this weekend.

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