3 USC Women’s Water Polo Visits No. 1 Stanford, No. 13 San José State

Women’s Water Polo | March 30, 2022

#3 USC (13-2, 2-0) at #1 Stanford (14-1, 2-0)
Saturday, April 2 | 1 p.m. | Avery Aquatic Center (Stanford, CA)
Series records: USC leads 41-39 (L1)
last meeting: STAN 16, USC 10 (February 26, 2022)
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#3 USC at #13 San José State (11-2, 0-4)
Sunday, April 3 | 12pm | SRAC Pool (San Jose, CA)
Series records: USC leads 41-0 (W41)
last meeting: USC 20, SJSU 3 (February 5, 2022)
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this week
No. 3 USC hits the road this weekend with a double-dose MPSF operation. The Trojans (13-2, 2-0 MSPF) see Stanford again at No. 1 (14-1, 2) in their meeting Saturday (April 2) at the Avery Aquatic Center in Cardinal at 1 p.m. -0) . The next day, USC visits No. 13 San Jose State in Sunday (April 3) at 12 pm MPSF Showdown to complete the week’s road trip.
USC starts 2022 where it left off, with the defending NCAA champion taking the No. 1 spot in this year’s preseason polls. USC held the lead for the first three weeks of the competition and finished third in the week before moving up to second. In the latest national rankings (released March 30), the Trojans finished third in the country for the third week in a row.

Scouting Stanford
After an 11-9 win over UCLA last week, the No. 1 Cardinals are 14-1 and 2-0 overall in MPSF games. Makenzie Fischer leads Stanford with 49 goals. Goalkeeper Maya Avital is averaging 8.8 saves and 7.3 goals in 13 games. In a series dating back to 1996, USC ended a four-game winning streak against the Cardinals with a 16-10 loss to the Cardinals at the 2022 Barbara Kalbs Invitational. The all-time record is 41-39.

Scouting SJSU
After a 6-3 loss to Indiana last week, the No. 13 Spartans are 11-12 overall and 0-4 in MPSF games. Riley Agerbeek leads San Jose State with 40. Goalkeeper Elena Davey has averaged 7.2 saves and 10.8 conceded goals in her 17 games. In a series that dates back to 1998, USC went 41-0 against SJSU after beating the Spartans 20-3 at the UCLA Mini Invitational earlier this season.

final action
USC stayed the course, never falling behind host No. 5 Hawaii in a 12-9 road win over Honolulu’s Rainbow Wahine.Only one game was played in the first quarter, and USC responded with back-to-back goals Alexandra Aznar and Tilly Carnes After eight minutes of play, it took a 5-3 lead. In the next paragraph, Grace Tehani and Bailey Weber The Trojans led 7-4, although Rainbow Wahine hit back at halftime to make it 7-5.USC and Hawaii largely held steady in third quarter, but Page Hausschild Delivered an important buzzer-beater and led USC into the fourth quarter with a 10-8 lead. In the closing stages, Kearns scored another 5m penalty – which was done by Webb, her third goal of the night and Kearns had the final say, 6-5 in the final minute. The strike scored her fourth goal to give USC a 12-9 lead and it wouldn’t give up.

Tilly needs two
Tilly Carnes She was named MPSF Player of the Week for the second time on March 22 after an outstanding performance in Hawaii. In a night game in Honolulu, Kearns hit a game-high four with five field goals in USC’s 12-9 road win over Hawaii No. 5. She scored twice in the first quarter to help the Trojans lead 5-3 early, and her three-pointer also gave USC a two-goal advantage to lead 9-7 in the third quarter. Kearns’ fourth goal of the night was the final blow to USC’s 12-9 win. Kearns leads the Trojans with 43 goals so far this season.

Tilly becomes her MPSF logo
In USC’s first MPSF encounter with undefeated Cal, Tilly Carnes In a 13-7 win over the Golden Bears, scored 3 goals, had 4 exclusions and had 2 steals. Kearns was named MPSF’s Player of the Week for the first time on February 22, thanks to her performance in a key conference win at USC. Kearns’ first goal gave USC an 8-5 lead at halftime and she will have two more goals this season. Third, USC shut out Karl in that game for a 12-5 lead.

Bailey’s Outbreak
USC’s top scorer at the Triton Invitational, Bailey Weber Extending her multi-target run to eight straight and earning her first career selection as MPSF Player of the Week on February 15. Webb scored 11 goals for the Trojans as they played in the Triton Invite final. She scored three goals in USC’s 9-7 semifinal win over Hawaii that morning in an 11-10 loss to UCLA. Webb also scored two goals in Saturday’s group game to help beat UCSB 17-6, and then scored four goals in a 17-6 win over Long Beach State. Webb is currently USC’s second-leading scorer with 40 goals to date. She also scored multiple goals in 14 appearances this year, and she is the first Trojan this season to be named MPSF Player of the Week.

by number
15 games into the year, USC already has two Trojans within 40-ball range on offense. Tilly Carnes Leading with 43 goals, followed by Bailey Weber 40 explosions. Grace Tehani and Page HausschildMeanwhile, in the 30-ball terrain, there are 32 and 31 balls, respectively. Kearns, Webb and Tehani have each scored 14 in USC’s 15 games so far. defensive end, Caroline Stern and Erin Sapp Shared time in the cage averaged a total of 7.2 saves per game to anchor the Troy defense, giving up just 6.5 goals per game. USC has won 244-98 so far, while keeping the team scoreless in 10 different periods.

on the rise
With her work at Triton Invite, Grace Tehani Becomes the latest Trojan to enter the USC Hundred Ball Club, joining earlier inductees Bailey Weber. Tehani now has 115 career goals, while Webb currently has 130 career goals as a Trojan horse — she’s 20th all-time. at the same time, Page Hausschild Also climbing, with 148 career goals, it ranks 14th in the Troy history books so far.

International influence
For the first time since 2009, USC will feature two Trojan horses in the Olympic experience of 2020 Olympians Page Hausschild (US) and Tilly Carnes (Australia).Additional international influx from Spain Alexandra Aznar, although she did not compete in Tokyo, she also took time out from USC to train for the Olympics with her national team. The trio were last seen as Trojans in 2019 – Hausschild’s sophomore season and Kearns and Aznar’s first. That year, they totaled 119 goals—nearly 30 percent of USC’s total output—and the Trojans won the MPSF Championship this season, just shy of the 2019 NCAA title. In short, they are a triple threat in their own right. Houseschild wields a ferocious outside shot that combines great power as a defender. Kearns is a proven force in the two-meter position. Aznar has a dexterous left hand that can provide a deep charge to USC’s balance. But offensive firepower has only scratched the surface of their overall value to the Trojans this season.

back to it
USC’s return to talent pool headlines return to America Mirea Girard, Grace Tehani and Bailey Weber. They scored 93 goals in total, including six in last year’s 18-9 NCAA Championship Game. Similar to the versatility of Hauschild, Kearns and Aznar respectively, this trio provided defensive strength in Weber, two-meter strength in Guiral and left-handed laser in Tehaney. Just a freshman in the class of 2021, Julia Yanoff Gained valuable experience as a member of a championship team, while a relative veteran sabrina grudge and Sofia Lucas They also put in a lot of playing time this year to solidify their role as leaders.On the defensive end, USC has two strong goalkeepers back to help secure the Trojans among the seniors Erin Sapp and Caroline Stern.

new normal
It now appears that this will be the first “normal” season for USC women’s water polo after two years of being impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. USC’s 2020 campaign was interrupted by the Trojan horse’s No. 1 national ranking. The 2021 schedule has been revised to expand MPSF competition and minimize non-conference competition as the Trojans compete for the national championship. With the 2022 game kicking off Saturday (Jan. 29), USC is looking forward to another strong season that will finally see the Trojans make it to the NCAA competition again. USC has played in all 17 NCAA tournaments and has no plans to change course. The Trojans can also host this year’s MPSF Championship, which will be held at the Uytengsu Aquatic Center from April 22-24.

last season
In 2021, USC lost just one game all season (22-1) and clinched a record-breaking victory in the NCAA Championship Game, marking USC’s seventh national championship, also after head coach Marr Marr. Coe Pintaric won the championship for the first time. The Trojans avenged their only loss of the year with a 9-6 win over Stanford University in the MPSF Championship Game followed by an 18-9 victory over UCLA in the National Championship Game with the most goals in the NCAA Finals.eventual cutino award winner Maud Megens Scored six of those goals for the Trojans. She will also be named National Player of the Year and Pintaric as National Coach of the Year. Megens is one of eight record-setting All-America players in 2021, with other seniors joining the All-American first team Dennis Marmorito and Holly Parker. Elementary Bailey Weber Earn second-team status, and senior Kelsey McIntosh It’s the third team’s choice.The recipient of the National Honor Award is Verika Barcock, Mirea Girard and Grace Tehani. •

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