Girls’s Water Polo | 29 March 2023
#2 USC(20-1, 2-0) vs. #20 San José St. (12-13, 0-1)
Saturday 1 April | 15.00|Uytengsu Aquatics Heart
Collection file(since 1998): USC leads 42-0
Final assembly: USC 18, SJSU 5 (April 3, 2022)
No. 2 USC’s dwelling stand continues this week with one other MPSF match on the Uytengsu Aquatics Heart. The Trojans (20-1, 2-0 MPSF) host No.20San José State (12-13, 0-1) at 15.00 Saturday (April 1).
This weekend’s USC-SJSU showdown can be streamed stay at pac-12.com/stay/usc-3 with Carlo Jiménez and Eli Kleinmann on the decision. Stay stats will be discovered at scores.6-8sports.com.
USC was ranked No. 2 within the nation to open 2023, mirroring the Trojans’ 2022 end. As of the newest spherical of nationwide rankings (launched March 29), USC remains to be ranked No. 2 within the nation.
Competing in dwelling waters for the primary time in additional than a month, USC was all about selecting up its twentieth win of the 12 months, beating visiting No. 19 Indiana 16-4 for an MPSF victory on the Uytengsu Aquatics Heart. Bayley Weber served 4 targets and Paige Hauschildand Grace Tehaney had three within the win. USC’s veterans scored the primary three targets of the day as Hauschild opened the Trojans’ account adopted by strikes from Tehaney and Weber. Indiana has one to go subsequent, simply to see Mireia Guiral dish out one in every of her 5 assists on the day with discovering Alejandra Aznar to finish a USC 6-on-5 possibility. After goalkeeper Caroline Stern made three straight saves, Guiral discovered Tehaney for one more energy play blast and USC was up 5-1 on the finish of the primary. 4 extra Trojan targets rattled the again of the web within the second as Hauschild obtained a hat trick within the first half, Weber discovered his second and Honnie Vandeweghe-O’Shea obtained on the scoresheet to assist USC lead 9-2 at halftime. The Hoosiers struck early within the third, however USC shot from the subsequent three. Tehaney’s third got here in that body, whereas Weber knocked in two extra to make it a four-goal day for her and a 12-3 lead for the Trojans getting into the fourth. Stern stepped apart with eight saves underneath the cap and gave technique to Laine Hourigan for the ultimate minutes of motion. With Hourigan backing issues up, the USC protection remained stingy. Nonetheless, Indiana would break a 6-on-5 halfway by means of the fourth as USC’s offense continued to click on. Christina Crum discovered Claire Haas for a strike out of set, and Fanny Muzsnay wrapped two targets round a solo shot from Hannah Meyer as USC closed out the 16-4 dwelling win over the Hoosiers.
– Now 20-1 general, USC has recorded at the least 20 wins in 11 of the final 12 seasons (USC had 12 wins in 2020 when the competition was canceled as a result of coronavirus pandemic).
– That is USC’s twenty fourth 20-win season in program historical past.
– With 4 targets right this moment, Bayley Weber continues to steer the staff in multi-goal video games, now with 16 this season.
– Weber additionally leads the staff in targets in 19 video games this season.
– Weber has now scored 54 targets this season, a brand new private file.
– Weber and Hauschild proceed to be No. 10 and 11 respectively in profession scoring, Weber now with 197 profession targets and Hauschild with 192.
– USC is now 17-0 all-time in opposition to Indiana in a sequence courting again to 1997.
Dwelling burns vivid!#FightOn pic.twitter.com/utr9MeZTIR— USC Water Polo (@USCWaterPolo) March 29, 2023
BY THE NUMBERS
Now 21 video games deep into 2023, USC’s balanced scoring leadBayley Weberwith 54 targets, adopted byTilly Kearnswith 42 andAlejandra Aznar,Paige HauschildandGrace Tehaneywith 28 pcs. In all, 23 Trojans have scored at the least one objective up to now, together with eight with their first objective as a Trojan. Defensively, all 4 USC goalies have accounted for the 20-1 begin, led by the seniorCaroline Stern. Stern averages 9.7 saves per sport. sport, thanks partly to a career-high 16 saves in opposition to Lengthy Seaside State on Jan. 28 one in every of 5 double-digit saves by Stern to date this season. USC’s different three goaltenders Laine Hourigan,Sophia SteinandPositive Ward are of their first season of motion as Trojans. General, the group has a mean of 10.1 saves per battle to anchor a Trojan protection that permits simply 6.8 targets per sport. match. USC has outscored opponents 356-143 to date whereas holding groups scoreless in 14 totally different intervals up to now, together with a strong second-half shutout of No. 6 UC Irvine on Feb. 18.
Redshirt seniorsPaige HauschildandBayley Weberare neck-and-neck as they climb USC’s all-time scoring ladder. Weber just lately captured the No. 10 spot and now has 197 profession targets, simply forward of No. 11 Hauschild with 192 up to now. A number of extra veteran Trojans are additionally on the rise.Grace Tehaneysits at No. 16 with 151 to her identify. Within the meantimeTilly Kearnswho joined the 100-goal membership at USC earlier this season, now has 135 targets as a Trojan who’s on the point of the top-20 zone.Mireia Guiralcan be on the rise with 114 profession targets. On the defensive finish, senior goalkeeperCaroline Sternhas taken over as No. 8 all-time amongst USC goaltenders and now has 331 profession saves.
GRACE GETS MPSF HONORS
USC redshirt seniorGrace Tehaneyearned his first MPSF Participant of the Week choice after scoring 5 targets throughout two USC wins in Honolulu. Towards No. 5 host Hawai’i, Tehaney scored two targets and added an help in USC’s 16-7 win over the Rainbow Wahine. Two days later, the lefty was 3-for-3 on offense to file a hat trick whereas additionally grabbing two steals in a 16-7 win over San Diego State. She is the third Trojan to win the MPSF’s weekly award this season, following choices by Tilly Kearns and Bayley Weber.
MORE WAVES FROM WEBER
Bayley Weberwas a driving drive in a key MPSF street win in Berkeley. For her all-around efforts in serving to the Trojans rank No. 3 in California, Weber was named the March 14 MPSF Participant of the Week. Weber was USC’s main scorer with 4 targets within the Trojans’ 15-14 additional time win at Cal. Weber additionally drew three shutouts and had an help, a area block and a steal in the important thing convention win. Together with his effort within the Trojan win, Weber leads the staff with 13 multi-goal video games this season. She is tied for the staff chief with targets scored in 16 of USC’s 18 video games this season. That is Weber’s second MPSF Participant of the Week choice this season and the fourth of her USC profession.
HATS OFF TO THE CAPTAINS
USC’s 2023 captains are a adorned pair. Each 2020 Olympians, Paige HaushildandTilly Kearnsis the skilled spine of the Trojan roster once more. Kearns completed the 2022 season atop the scoring listing with 64 targets, tenth most scored in a single season in program historical past and as a Peter J. Cutino Award finalist. The Aussie Olympian earned spots on the 2022 NCAA All-Match First Group, MPSF All-Match Group and All-MPSF FirstTeam for her work on two meters. Olympic gold medalist Hauschild collected 47 targets of her personal final season whereas making use of strain on each side of the pool. Hauschild was a freshman when USC gained the 2018 NCAA championship, although each she and Kearns have been out coaching with their respective Olympic groups when the Trojans final gained all of it in 2021. Hauschild and Kearns are two of seven returning All-People at USC in 2023. listing, subsequent toAlejandra Aznar,Mireia Guiral,Caroline Stern,Grace TehaneyandBayley Weber.
In complete, USC returns 13 members of its 16-man roster from the 2022 NCAA Match. Along with its seven All-People, skilled depth returns within the type of seniors Téa Poljak,Claire Haas,Brooklyn AguileraandChristina Crumalong with juniorJulia Janovand sophomoresHonnie Vandeweghe-O’SheaandIsabel Zimmerman..
USC’s latest additions come from quite a lot of the most effective abilities on this planet, together with American pipeline membersMorgan NethertonandMaggie Johnson. The Trojans have additionally added Fresno State switchFanny Muzsnay, who additionally has worldwide expertise as a member of the Hungarian nationwide staff. FreshmanAlex Bonaguidiis trapped for responsibility within the center, accompanied by the redshirt sophomoreHannah Meyerwho sat out final season because of harm.
In 2022, USC posted a 20-4 general file whereas making an 18th straight look within the NCAA Match. The Trojans went an ideal 6-0 in MPSF competitors earlier than ending second within the MPSF match and reaching a fourth straight NCAA closing. USChad beat Fresno State 15-9 within the quarterfinals, then topped Cal 9-7 within the semifinals to face Stanford within the title sport, falling 10-7 to the Cardinal. On the finish of the season, Tilly Kearns was chosen as a finalist for the Peter J. Cutino Award and was a FirstTeam All-American together with Paige Hauschild. They have been joined by different All-People Bayley Weber (Second staff), Caroline Stern (third staff), Mireia Guiral (Honorable Point out) and Grace Tehaney (Honorable Point out). Chief advisor Marko Pintaric was named MPSF Coach of the 12 months for the second straight season.