The Trojans were not able to execute as a team. Two starters — senior outside hitter Khalia Lanier and freshman outside hitter Kalen Owes — had a combined 23 errors and potential kills fell out of bounds throughout the match. It was an uncharacteristically sloppy performance for head coach Brent Crouch’s group. Both matches this weekend went to five sets, the latter being the 10th time USC has gone the distance this season. This sets the record for the most five-set matches in one season in Trojan history. However, in a back-and-forth fifth set, the Trojans came out on top 15-13 to avoid a disastrous loss. It was USC’s ninth straight win against OSU, increasing its all time head-to-head record to a lopsided 57-9. “It’s just tiring and it’s exhausting,” Crouch said. “I don’t think it affects anything with confidence. The biggest thing is just that you play more volleyball, so it adds up.” “You know, we’ve had a lot of injuries this year, so we keep putting on new lineups, so we’re looking for some consistency,” Crouch said. “We haven’t had a lot of it.” The matchup with the Ducks was a different story. The Trojans overcame 10 errors to win the first set, but the rest of the night saw similar sloppy play from USC and little of the same luck. The Trojans were never able to pull away with a lead and ultimately dropped two close sets 27-25 and 18-16 in the second and fifth sets, respectively. The score was tied 47 times during the match. Senior outside hitter Khalia Lanier had 37 kills over USC’s weekend matches against Oregon State and Oregon. She also earned her eighth double-double on the season Sunday against Oregon. (Jo Danielle Esteban / Daily Trojan) The Trojans let the Beavers right back into the match in the third and fourth sets. USC led six different times in the fourth but wasn’t able to close it out. “Every week, I think the team has grown and made progress — we just didn’t execute very well today,” Crouch said. “We had a few players just have some really tough nights, and two or three of them had a really rough night and that’s too many. You can’t have that many people not playing well.” With players returning from injury and others continuing to fall, Crouch has had to significantly change his lineups recently. This has been a theme all year, contributing to the group’s struggles. Lanier picked up her eighth double-double of the season in the loss to the Ducks, and Weske tallied 11 kills without an error in one of her best performances of the season. The Trojans came out dominant against OSU and took the first two sets, picking up three straight runs of at least 5 points in the first. Freshman outside hitter Emilia Weske had 10 kills through the first two frames of the match. The USC women’s volleyball team split its weekend matchups against conference opponents, defeating Oregon State and losing to Oregon at Galen Center this weekend. The Trojans have only two more games left in the regular season — Wednesday at Arizona State and Friday’s senior night clash at home against UCLA. Wednesday’s bout starts at 4 p.m., and Friday’s begins at 7 p.m.
Ghana Universities Sports Association (GUSA) say security at match centres for the ongoing GUSA Games will be beefed up following an attack on a referee during a football match. GUSA released a statement to condemn the unfortunate incident which has left a dent on the games which has earned alot of media and public attention. They also assured, “all stakeholders and the public that it will not condone with anyone found to misconduct themselves at the games.”The incident happened on Tuesday during the men’s football match between the University of Ghana (UG) and the University for Development Studies (UDS) at the Mensah Sabah field.In the second half, a UG player was shown a red card by the referee for a cynical challenge. The decision, however, did not go down well with some students who invaded the pitch and tried to beat the referee.The referee was saved by the security officials present. Three persons were arrested and are currently under investigation. Below is the Full Statement: GUSA games will finish on January 18. After 11 days of action, the University of Cape Coast (UCC) are top of the medal table with 45 medals. read more