USC aims to end season on high note
The end of regular season play is nearing for the No. 4 USC womenâs water polo team, as it hosts No. 7 San Jose State on Saturday at 4 p.m.
The home game is the teamâs final contest before the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation tournament begins.
Last week, USC (15-5, 3-3) suffered a devastating loss to crosstown rival and then-No. 4 UCLA. It is the first time since 2000 that they have lost three times in MPSF play. Saturdayâs outcome will give the Women of Troy either the No. 4 or No. 5 seed heading into the conference tournament.
With 20 wins this season, the visiting Spartans (20-9, 2-3) pose several challenges for the Women of Troy, but they have never won a game against USC, who won last seasonâs meeting 13-6.
Of the four, Bekhazi and Dronberger have both scored their 100th career goals this season. Bekhazi has 121, while Dronberger has 113. Both are looking to score enough goals in their upcoming matches to make their way into the all time top 10.
âItâs an exciting feeling being a senior and knowing all the accomplishments weâve done as a team in this pool in front of our families and friends,â Bekhazi said. âItâs also sad to know this will be the last time the seniors will be playing with USC in our own pool, but Iâm confident we will go out with a bang.â
USC will rely heavily on its collection of seniors, but a balanced attack has been the teamâs calling card this season. Through 20 games, the Women of Troy have had 16 different scorers.
Many of the teamâs younger players will be expected to step up again, particularly sophomore two-meter Patricia Jancso and sophomore driver Dominique Sardo, each Â of who was instrumental in USCâs NCAA championship run last season. Others, such as freshman two-meter Madeline Rosenthal, will need to make a positive impact as well.