In its first true test of the early 2018 season, the USC women’s water polo squad took down each of its four opponents in the UCSD Triton Invitational in La Jolla over the weekend.Photo by Emily Smith | Daily TrojanWhile the Women of Troy had already racked up three impressive wins — the team outscored opponents 59-3, including two shutout wins — on the season heading into this tournament, they knew that this performance would truly set the tone for their 2018 campaign.“What is the most impressive about this team so far is their unity,” head coach Jovan Vavic said. “Leadership is the key and our captains are leading in and out of the water.”Through the first day of group play, it was business as usual for USC. Taking down Sonoma State and No. 18 San Diego State 13-1 and 14-2 respectively, the Trojans remained a dominant force just as they had been through three games. In both games, the USC defense was absolutely spectacular, holding both teams scoreless until late in the fourth period. Thanks to an impressive combined effort from goaltenders senior Victória Chamorro and junior Amanda Longan, who both notched double digit save outings, the Trojans allowed only 3 goals on the day. Offensively, freshman driver Paige Hauschild led the way for the squad, picking up 4 goals in both games including a first half hat trick against Sonoma State.“She’s one of the best young players, not only in the country, but in the entire world,” Vavic said. “For [Hauschild], the sky is the limit”.While USC found smooth sailing through its first two matches, they were tested greatly in Sunday’s elimination round matches against No. 7 UC Irvine and No. 4 UCLA.With Chamorro back in net for the Trojans, the team fought an up and down battle against the Anteaters. Fighting on with only a slight lead throughout the match, Chamorro helped close the door with 13 saves. Building off her first two games, Hauschild again led the squad with two goals while captain Brianna Daboub picked up her 100th career goal on a critical first-half strike. Senior utility player Annika Jensen notched the seventh and final goal for USC, clinching a 7-5 victory and a date with crosstown rival UCLA in the finals.In the championship match late Sunday, USC never once fell behind the Bruins. Putting the cherry on top of an incredible tournament, Hauschild again led the Trojans with two more goals while Daboub had a couple key scores of her own. The turning points of the game came on penalty tries both teams earned in the second and third periods respectively. While Longan came up huge in stopping UCLA’s attempts late in the first half, USC’s sophomore driver Denise Mammolito was successful in her attempts in the third. This 2-goal swing gave the Trojans all the momentum they needed to finish off the Bruins and take home their fifth-straight Triton Invitational Championship.
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This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreen A canister of sweets held over her head, ‘tears of joy’ refusing to stop, voice choking with emotions, Manju Rani’s mother tried in vain to hide her “mixed emotions” on her daughter winning a silver but losing a gold at the World Boxing Championship on Sunday. SUBSCRIBE TO US First Published: 13th October, 2019 19:18 IST WATCH US LIVE “She is very hardworking and worked extremely hard for it. We can’t even believe what she has done. It means a lot to me, our family and our village. See all of them are here,” she said showing all relatives, neighbors, and villagers gathering outside Manju’s Rohtak residence.READ: Manju Rani rewrites history with a silver on World Championship debutNot an easy journey for Manju Rani “Khushi to hai lekin thoda sa dukh bhi hai. Beti gold jeet sakti thhi. Bahut najdik ake jab gold chhut jata hai to dukh to hoga hi na. (I am very happy for what she has achieved but to little disappointed as well. My daughter could have won the gold. She came so close naturally it will hurt),” Manju’s mother Ishwanti Devi told Republic TV in an exclusive chat at her Rohtak residence immediately after her daughter’s World Boxing Championship final. Last Updated: 13th October, 2019 21:48 IST Mother Shares Manju’s ‘bare-footed’ Times,thanks The ‘borrowed Gloves’ Manju Rani clinched a sliver in her maiden appearance at the World Boxing Championships on Sunday. The boxer’s mother highlighted the struggles of the family. Suman Ray Written By Manju’s brother Ajay said he was extremely happy with what his sister has done. “I am thrilled. Manju is a champion. Everyone here are so happy and excited.”Manju’s coach Sube Singh Beniwal told Republic TV: ‘Its an unbelievable story of struggle, strength commitment, and talent. I spotted her at the age of 12 when she used to box for fun. I knew that I was seeing something special.and this child was destined for glory. I trained her and then Politics in sports was trying to sabotage everything. We shifted her to participate from Punjab and in no time she became a state and then national champion but even I did not think she would achieve this in her very first World Championship.”READ: Manju Rani 2nd Indian in history to reach WC final on debutManju Rani rewrites historyManju Rani rewrote history when she became the second Indian after MC Marykom (2001) to win a World Championship silver on debut.In January this year, her journey for glory began when she won the national championship in Vijaynagar in her maiden effort followed by a silver medal in the 70th Strandia Memorial in Sofia and then back to back bronze medals in India Open and Thailand Open.After her heroics in World Championship, her Olympic dream will mean a change in not just intensity but weight category as well as unfortunately, Manju won’t be able to participate in the 2020 Tokyo Games as 48 kg is no longer an Olympic medal category. 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