Southern California 18, Redlands 2

May 13, 2005

Site: Ann Arbor, Mich. (Canham Natatorium)
Event: NCAA Women's Water Polo Championship
Result: No. 2 Southern Cal 1, No. 7 Redlands 2
Records: Southern Cal (24-4), Redlands (19-12)
Next Southern Cal Game: Saturday, May 14 -- vs. Stanford/Michigan winner, 6 p.m.
Next Redlands Game: Saturday, May 14 -- vs. Stanford/Michigan loser, 3 p.m.

Southern Cal Cruises to Opening Round Victory over Redlands

ANN ARBOR, Mich. The No. 2 seeded Southern Cal Women of Troy cruised to a xx-xx victory over No. 7 seed Redlands Friday (May 13) in the first round of the NCAA Championship at the University of Michigans Canham Natatorium. The Women of Troy jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the first quarter and scored nine unanswered goals in the second, third and fourth periods to seal the victory.

Southern Cal started the game with four unanswered goals, including a pair by junior Lauren Wenger to take a 4-0 lead with 1:19 to play in the first quarter. Redlands, however notched a late tally from sophomore Kelly Phillips to make the score 4-1 at the end of the first period.

The Women of Troy responded with a 9-0 run spanning into the fourth period. The run was highlighted by three goals from sophomore Brittany Hayes and a pair by freshman Miranda Nichols. With the score at 13-1 with 6:06 to play, Redlands broke the flurry with an outside shot from junior Meghan Rosenberger, but Southern Cal went on to score the final five goals of the game to close out the match.

Southern Cal (24-4) will face the winner of No. 3 Stanford and No. 6 Michigan on Saturday (May 14) at 6 p.m., while Redlands (19-12) will take on the loser of the Stanford/Michigan contest on Saturday (May 14) at 3 p.m.

USC Head Coach Jovan Vavic
On the game & "I thought we played very good in transition. Our offensive transition, our fast break was very good. We did a very good job in defending Redlands. It is a big disparity in talent, so we were able to push them away from the cage, and create fast break opportunities."

On goals for tomorrow & "Its hard to say now, weve got to see the opponent. We didnt have too many extra man or down a man opportunities. So I couldnt say how we are going to do tomorrow in that situation. I think we are in good shape."

USC Sophomore Defenseman Marina Mayer
On the game & "I think it is good that we got everyone in, and get warmed up. Everyone here is a great opponent. It is a pleasure to play all of them and an honor to be here. Were just going to take one game at a time and now well think about tomorrow."

Redlands Head Coach Tom Whittemore
On the game & "We played a really good team. I think we competed hard, I think we did fine. I think what would have been nice in that game if we could have created some additional scoring opportunities. We took two penalty shots and it would have been nice if we could have put those away. The other thing I think we did well is we played pretty solid frontcourt defense, but the reality is we just werent able to keep up on the counterattack. Thats just a really good experienced team. There were some things in that game that you could look at that we did pretty well, the main thing is that we did ok on that counterattack and against the pressure defense. We just struggled keeping up with them."

Redlands Senior Driver Mandy Zimel
On the game ... "I think we played as well as we could. We have some things that we could work on, but in general we had a pretty good attitude we just couldnt get the ball in the net."

Score by Periods 1 2 3 4 F
Redlands 1 0 0 1 2
Southern Cal 4 4 4 6 18

Scoring Redlands Goals: Kelly Phillips. Southern Cal Goals: Miranda Nichols 3, Anna Pardo 2, Brittany Hayes 2, Melissa Madrid 2, Lauren Wenger 2, Erin Wilson, Moriah Van Norman, Marina Mayer, Julie Spataru, Alison Riddle. Ejections: Redlands 5, Southern Cal 7.

-- Courtesy University of Michigan