Ranked fourth prior to the tournament, USC entered last weekend’s Mountain Pacific Sports Federation championships under threat of missing out on the NCAA Championships for the first time in a decade. A consolation match against Pacific set the stage for their revival, and the Trojans took advantage.
A sluggish start against the the nation’s No. 2 Tigers gave way to a scoring onslaught. USA pulled away to win the third-place game 8-4 and secure an at-large bid to NCAAs.
Highlights and (outdated) copy on the game from the USC Trojans Athletics Department.
The No. 4 seeded USC men’s water polo team breathed new life into its bid for an 11th consecutive trip to the NCAA Tournament by taking out No. 2 seeded Pacific in a decisive 8-4 Trojan victory today to finish third at the MPSF Tournament. Now 20-6 overall, USC has its eighth consecutive 20-win season in the books. In avenging a regular-season loss to the Tigers, the Trojans have put themselves in a good position for a potential at-large selection for the 2015 NCAA Tournament.