The men’s volleyball team is hosting UC San Diego on Saturday to kick off their final homestand of the season. On Sunday, they’ll face No. 14 UC Irvine for Senior Night.After Sunday’s match against the Anteaters, USC (6-16, 4-14 MPSF) will honor its four seniors: libero Brooks Varni, outside hitter Alex Slaught, middle blocker Tommy Leonard and middle blocker and opposite Josh Kirchner.“It’s a little bittersweet, but I’m definitely trying to enjoy every single moment that I’m in Galen Center,” Varni said.While all of the focus will be on the seniors on Sunday, the younger players understand that they have a part in finishing the season strong for the seniors.“For us younger guys, we just want these seniors to go out with some big victories,” sophomore setter Jack Yoder said.Last week, the Trojans dropped both of their matches against No. 4 Stanford and No. 6 Pepperdine in four and three sets, respectively. Despite the focused emphasis on serving in practice the week before, the Trojans didn’t perform well from behind the line last week.Against Stanford, the Trojans served three aces and had 27 service errors — a 1:9 ratio. Against the Waves, it was much of the same. USC served two aces and committed 18 service errors. Once again, a 1:9 ratio. To put this in perspective, Stanford had 10 aces with 14 service errors, a 5:7 ratio. Pepperdine had five aces with 15 service errors, a 1:3 ratio.Because of their serving errors, the Trojans gave Stanford 27 points — over a fourth of Stanford’s points without the Cardinal having to do anything.This is an issue because head coach Jeff Nygaard talked about how serving has become a huge focus for the team.“It’s an aggressive mentality that pervades other parts of the game,” Nygaard said.The Trojans are nearing the final stretch of their schedule. After this final homestand, they will head off to face No. 3 BYU in Utah to complete their regular season.If USC, currently ranked No. 11 in the conference, can finish 8th in the MPSF, they will squeeze in for the final spot in the MPSF Tournament. Right now, CSUN is sitting in that final spot with a one match lead over UC Irvine and Cal Baptist and a two-match lead over USC. CSUN also holds a two match tiebreaker over USC after defeating the Trojans in both meetings this season.Looking at the Trojans’ pair of final home matches, they’re favored over UCSD (5-19, 0-18 MPSF), who holds the last spot in the MPSF standings with no wins in conference play. Against UC Irvine (8-17, 5-13 MPSF), the match is harder to predict with the Trojans having battled them recently and gone to five sets with the Anteaters five out of the last six times they played. UC Irvine broke that streak defeating USC 3-1 earlier this season in Irvine.The Trojans will look to finish their season at home with wins against UC San Diego on Saturday at 7 p.m. and against UC Irvine on Sunday at 7 p.m. as they make a final push to make the MPSF conference tournament and keep their season alive.
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Photo from Wikipedia CommonsAs anticipation builds for this year’s US Open, Trojan tennis fans will get to see at least two familiar faces competing in the tournament next week. Six former USC men’s tennis players are in New York City — five members of the 2012 NCAA champion team as well as 2008 national doubles champ Robert Farah — looking to make a splash in the Grand Slam, provided they qualify.Farah and Steve Johnson are the only two Trojans already in the main draw. Farah, a 10-time ATP doubles titlist, is ranked No. 26 globally in doubles and will compete in the doubles bracket.Johnson is likely the most recognizable name in the group. The 27-year-old garnered international attention in June when he made an emotional underdog run in the French Open. He is ranked No. 46 in the world in singles and No. 146 in doubles. He also owns three overall ATP titles (two for singles, one for doubles). Johnson also won a bronze medal in doubles at the 2016 Summer Olympics — beating Farah en route to glory in Rio de Janeiro — and he will enter both brackets in Flushing Meadows.The remaining four Trojans hoped to play themselves into the main draw, but Daniel Nguyen’s journey came to an end in the first round of the qualifying rounds. Nguyen was making his first-ever US Open singles appearance, losing to Darian King 6-2, 6-1 on Wednesday.Meanwhile, Ray Sarmiento and Yannick Hanfmann kept the dream alive in their overall US Open debuts, each winning his first-round matchup. Sarmiento edged Benjamin Bonzi 6-2, 6-3 to advance, but he will face a stiff challenge next in Tim Smyczek, who has qualified for the main draw for the past four years and even advanced to the third round of the singles bracket in 2013.Hanfmann bested Prajnesh Gunneswaran 6-1, 6-4, and he faces a less-imposing roadblock to the final round of qualifying. Hanfmann will take on fellow rookie Vaclav Safranek in the second round with his opponent coming off a grueling, three-set victory on Tuesday.Roberto Quiroz was the last Trojan to play his first-round qualifying match, and he opened his US Open career with a thrilling three-set loss to Adrian Menendez-Maceiras on Wednesday. Quiroz stumbled out of the gate, dropping the opening set 6-2, but he battled to take the second 6-4.But after holding serve throughout the decisive third set, Quiroz was broken in his final game of the night, which handed Menendez-Maceiras a 6-2, 4-6, 7-6 victory.Two Trojans remain standing in the qualifying bracket as the US Open will officially kick off on Monday. Johnson will set his sights on a deeper Cinderella run in his home major, and Farah will hope to carry his ATP success over to the Grand Slam level. It remains to be seen how many former USC teammates will join the duo in the main draw, if any.
Junior Amelia Garvey helped the Trojans cruise through the Bruin Wave Invitational, finishing in fifth place and shooting even in the tournament. USC’s first two wins have come back-to-back. (Photo courtesy of USC Athletics) “This course is incredibly dicey and it took tons of discipline from Alyaa, Amelia, [senior] Allisen [Corpuz] and [sophomore] Malia [Nam] to finish this off with a win,” Silverstein said. The Trojans will get a two-week break before heading back out to play in the Clover Cup in Arizona beginning March 13. Junior Amelia Garvey led the way for the Trojans at Bruin Wave with a fifth-place finish as she shot a solid even for the tournament while junior Alyaa Abdulghany also played well, finishing in sixth right behind Garvey. Last week, the Trojans won the Rebel Beach Showdown after struggling to find the top podium spot at all their other events and saw four of their six players place in the top five as the team won in dominant fashion. Although the Rebel Beach Showdown did not boast many elite-tier teams, it was just enough for the Trojans to get the ball rolling as they were able to perform at the same level against much better teams this past week, including a number of Pac-12 foes such as UCLA and Oregon. “I talked to Justin about it and there were two ways we could look at it,” Garvey said. “We could play the victim or step up to the challenge. So I think our mindset was huge. We were ready to take on the challenge and win.” While only Garvey was able to crack the top five, the team as a whole played well and consistently. USC has only two more regular-season tournaments before Pac-12 play, where it will look to repeat as conference champions. The No. 2 USC women’s golf team secured a victory at the Bruin Wave Invitational for its second win of the season on Monday and Tuesday. Although the Trojans were without junior Gabirela Ruffels for most of the tournament due to injury, all four remaining Trojans in the tournament placed in the top 11, helping USC edge out UCLA for the win on the final day of play. Remarkably, USC played with only four players for almost the entire tournament. Ruffels, who has been a key player and leader for the Trojans, had to drop out on the first day due to injury, but the rest of the team picked up the slack and made up for the loss to keep the Trojans in contention. These two back-to-back wins should also keep USC within the top five for the rest of the year barring unforeseen circumstances. With postseason play approaching, the Trojans appear to be rounding into form as they seek another deep playoff run. USC started off the tournament a bit slow as it finished the first day in fifth place out of 12 teams, but 3-under performances from Garvey, Abdulghany and Nam on the second day boosted the team into first place and the Trojans never looked back. In a match where every stroke mattered, the team provided a clutch performance and proved why USC is a top team in the nation. “We obviously missed Gabriela and hope to get her back as soon as possible,” head coach Justin Silverstein said. “I know she’s thrilled that her teammates were able to pick her up and get this done.”
Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on February 8, 2019 at 9:13 pm Contact Michael: email@example.com | @MikeJMcCleary Syracuse (0-1) lost its season-opener against Colgate, 12-9. The Orange had difficulty finding the lane offensively all game long and struggled back after the Raiders jumped out to a demanding 6-3 lead before the half.Here are three takeaways from the Orange’s loss.Faceoff competitionComing into the season, the Orange never faltered that Danny Varello would maintain his role as the lead faceoff man for SU this season. As the team’s primary faceoff specialist a year ago, Varello won 134-of-279 faceoffs and struggled to gain momentum following a strong performance in SU’s thrashing of Binghamton in last year’s season-opener.Varello started where he left last season off and lost his first four attempts before breaking free with the ball on his fifth attempt. The Orange then put Jakob Phaup into the game. The sophomore delivered. He won three of his first four attempts and awarded the Orange, who suffered all game long from offensive futility, valuable possessions to help cut into the Colgate lead. In the fourth quarter, as the Orange threatened more than it had at any point earlier in the game, Phaup was the most frequent faceoff man for the Orange and won three-straight at one point during a two-goal stretch for SU. AdvertisementThis is placeholder textStagnant offenseAfter losing Brendan Bomberry to graduation last year, SU employed Bradley Voigt to be the third member of the Orange’s first attack line. Voigt didn’t score and only recorded two shots in the Orange’s loss.In preseason, junior attack Stephen Rehfuss said that Voigt excelled at finding spots in front of the crease and putting in tapped shots — a skill Bomberry used often in his tenure with the Orange. But on Voigt’s first attempt, he faked one time too many as the goalie set into his position and hit the goalie right in the torso from point-blank range. Voigt’s contributions never materialized, and the Orange suffered their first season-opening loss since it joined the ACC.Shot clock demoIn Syracuse’s first game of the shot clock era, the shooting wasn’t affected to much of an extent. The Orange averaged 36.3 shots per game in games within three goals a season ago and shot 36 times to Colgate’s 42 Friday. On multiple plays, though, loose balls that trickled away from offenses with the shot clock winding to an end were simply scooped and sent behind the end zone.
Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on February 29, 2020 at 11:29 am After five losses in six games that all but eliminated Syracuse from NCAA Tournament contention, the Orange are on a two-game winning streak. Their most recent victory — a 23-point victory over Pittsburgh on Wednesday — was led by Elijah Hughes’ 25 points and Joe Girard III’s 16. Next up for SU (16-12, 9-8 Atlantic Coast) is North Carolin (11-7, 4–13), who’s drastically underperformed this year when compared with past teams.Here’s what our beat writers think will happen in Syracuse’s final home game of the regular season.Nick Alvarez (20-8)Heel-turnSyracuse 74, North Carolina 68Buddy Boeheim’s availability makes this game closer than it would be otherwise. Syracuse is still the better team, though, and if it can hold its own on the glass, North Carolina won’t have a shot. The zone will need to collapse on Cole Anthony and limit a potential top-10 NBA Draft pick. UNC’s lack of outside shooting will make that easier. Offensively, another Elijah Hughes-Joe Girard III show should out-pace the Tar Heels. If SU won this game any other year, there’d be a court-storming. But, North Carolina isn’t a powerhouse in 2019-20, and Syracuse should show another bad ACC team how depleted they are. Michael McCleary (19-9)On their heelsSyracuse 72, North Carolina 69AdvertisementThis is placeholder textGet it? Like “on their toes,” but they’re the Tar Heels, so… No? Alright whatever. This will be a close game though. Cole Anthony’s return to the North Carolina’s lineup has boosted them in recent weeks and I’m front of one of SU’s biggest crowds of the season, this actually could be a game where Anthony elevates his game to some ridiculous height. But the Tar Heels, in some weird Twilight Zone scenario, have no postseason aspirations at all. Real or not, the Orange do. The better team will win this one in a close game. Strangely, that team is SU.Josh Schafer (20-8)Down yearSyracuse 76 North Carolina 73North Carolina has played better than its record this year and enters the Carrier Dome having won the last eight matchups in the all-time series. Cole Anthony is fun to watch and will bring intrigue to this game but he’s also most of the Tar Heels offense. Syracuse has an elite ACC scorer too but also a slew of other players that can rack up points. If Buddy Boeheim is limited on Saturday, that could loom large for the Orange. If the sophomore can play some solid minutes and hit some 3-pointers Syracuse could run away with this one. The Orange don’t beat UNC often, this is its chance. Comments
Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard says he’ll consider looking for another club if he’s not offered a new contract at Anfield.The former England skipper’s current deal runs out next summer – but he says he “definitely won’t be retiring”.Gerrard has been at Liverpool for his entire career.
Oisin Langan was at the game for Tipp FM Sport. The full time score was Tipperary 2-22 Kilkenny 1-13. Tipp manager Eamon O’Shea is pleased with his side’s consistency in their work-rate. Kilkenny manager Brian Cody says the better team won.Elsewhere, Cork have beaten Galway 2-17 to 0-20 in Salthill, meaning Kilkenny are guaranteed to be in a relegation play-off battle. Tipperary and Cork now top Division 1A on six points a piece. In front of over 10,000 peope in Semple Stadium Tipperary led by 1-16 to 1-9 at half time.With goals from Seamus Callanan in the first half and Niall O’Meara in the second Tipperary ran out comfortable 12 point winners over the Cats. Callanan hit 1-07 for the Premier County with Hurler of the Year Richie Hogan scoring 0-09 points for Kilkenny in the first half.
South Tipperary SFC DrawKilsheelan-Kilcash ByeBallyporeen v Clonmel CommercialsMoyle Rovers v ArdfinnanCahir v KillenauleWest Tipperary SFC DrawsSemi-Final – Arravale Rovers v Galtee RoversSemi-Final – Aherlow Gaels v Eire Og Annacarty Tipperary SHC Roinn 2 GroupsRoinn 2 – Group 1 – Burgess, Toomevara, Holycross-Ballycahill, Moyne-TempletuohyRoinn 2 – Group 2 – Moycarkey-Borris, Carrick Swan, MoneygallRoinn 2 – Group 3 – Loughmore-Castleiney, Borrisokane, Knockavilla KickhamsRoinn 2 – Group 4 – Ballina, Silvermines, Ballingarry, Clonakenny Mid Tipperary SFCSemi-Final – JK Brackens v Upperchurch-DrombaneSemi-Final – Loughmore-Castleiney v Drom & InchSouth Tipperary SHC 1st round drawCarrick Swan v MullinahoneKillenaule v Ballingarry Mid Tipperary SHCPreliminary Round – Drom & Inch v Moyne-TempletuohyQuarter-Final – Thurles Sarsfields v winner of Drom & Inch or Moyne-TempletuohyQuarter-Final – Clonakenny v Holycross-BallycahillQuarter-Final – JK Brackens v Moycarkey-BorrisQuarter-Final – Loughmore-Castleiney v Upperchurch-Drombane The 2016 County & Divisional Club Senior Hurling and Football Championship Draws took place in the Dome, Semple Stadium Thurles on Sunday evening January 24th and was broadcast live on Tipp FM. Tipperary SHC Roinn 1 GroupsRoinn 1 – Group 1 – Killenaule, Drom & Inch, Upperchurch-Drombane, JK BrackensRoinn 1 – Group 2 – Thurles Sarsfields, Eire Og Annacarty, Borris-Ileigh, RoscreaRoinn 1 – Group 3 – Nenagh Eire Og, Kildangan, Templederry Kenyons, MullinahoneRoinn 1 – Group 4 – Kilruane MacDonaghs, Clonoulty-Rossmore, Lorrha-Dorrha, Portroe The outcome of the draws made on the night is as follows – Tipperary SFC GroupsGroup 1 – Arravale Rovers, Cahir, Kilsheelan-Kilcash, Upperchurch-DrombaneGroup 2 – Clonmel Commercials, Killenaule, JK Brackens, BallyporeenGroup 3 – Eire Og Annacarty, Loughmore-Castleiney, Galtee Rovers, Thomas MacDonaghsGroup 4 – Moyle Rovers, Aherlow Gaels, Drom & Inch, Ardfinnan ***The draws for the 2016 West & North Senior Hurling Championships will be made at a later date
Zebo is the latest of an international trio to commit their future to the province with fellow backs Keith Earls and Conor Murray already putting pen to paper last week.The winger had been linked with moves to Pau, Toulouse and Stade Francais in the French press after the World Cup and said he would consider a move abroad, but that interest appears to have cooled in recent weeks as it became increasingly likely that he would remain at his home province.Meanwhile, the IRFU are set to confirm that Luke Fitzgerald will miss the Six Nations with a medial knee ligament injury today.
The Ulsterman hit a disappointing 75 while winner Bubba Watson’s 68 was enough to see him finish one clear of Adam Scott on 15 under.Padraig Harrington ended 2 under.