The top-ranked Trojans will look to remain undefeated on the season as they finish out six of their final 10 regular-season matches at home. The home stand will begin with duals against Washington and No. 15 Arizona State on Friday. The Huskies will kick off the day at 4 p.m. The team is 1-0 on the season, facing a much thinner schedule than other Pac-12 teams. The main event will take place at 6 p.m. when the Trojans take on Arizona State, a top-20 program that offers competition every year. USC has come out on top of all four previous meetings between the two teams, and the team brings the momentum of a 50-match winning streak into the dual.The Trojans will follow up Friday’s dual with a trip to Manhattan Beach on Saturday for the USAV Beach Collegiate Challenge. The team will face off against Loyola Marymount, rematch against Arizona State and finish up against Saint Mary’s College.While this weekend’s matches will give the Trojans a full bill of competition, they will also serve up an opportunity for seniors Kelly Claes and Sara Hughes to reach a 100-match win streak. The team is the only Trojan pair to reach 100 wins together, posting a 118-3 overall record in their career together. The duo has helped to lead the team to win 82 of its last 84 dual matches.Despite the veteran leadership of Claes and Hughes, the rest of the Trojans’ pairs are newly formed this season. However, that hasn’t kept them from excelling on the court. Junior Jenna Belton and Jo Kremer are 22-3 overall, notching an 18-1 mark in duals, and junior Terese Cannon and senior Nicolette Martin have notched 19 overall wins on the season. The No. 2 team of seniors Sophie Bukovec and Allie Wheeler, along with the No. 4 team of sophomore Abril Bustamante and freshman Joy Dennis, have both notched 12 victories so far.With the goal of defending their two-time role as national champions, the Trojans are also looking to defend their seat as the Pac-12 champions this season. The team hasn’t lost a match since March of 2016. With only three weeks left until the Pac-12 championships, the Trojans are looking to continue their dominant streak to remain at the top of the conference and the country.
TEL AVIV, Israel – Olympiacos Piraeus took control early end went on to a comfortable 71-82 road win over a depleted Maccabi FOX Tel Aviv at Menorah Mivtachim Arena on Thursday night. Olympiacos improved to 17-7 to edge closer to securing a spot in the playoffs, while Maccabi, which was without Devin Smith, Andrew Goudelock and Quincy Miller, dropped to 8-16.The visitors took the lead for good with a 5-16 run that bridged the first and second quarters and built a double-digit margin for the first time in the second quarter, before opening a 15-point advantage in the third. The Reds, who were missing Vassilis Spanoulis, never looked back as Maccabi never got closer than 8 points the rest of the way.Erick Green paced the Reds with 16 points and Georgios Printezis scored 13 of his 15 points in the first half. Matt Lojeski also netted 15, Dominic Waters scored 12 of his 14 points in the second half, and Kostas Papanikolaou scored all of his 11 after the break. Sylven Landesberg finished as Maccabi’s top scorer with 17 points, Gal Mekel netted 12, while Victor Rudd and Yogev Ohayon scored 11 apiece in defeat.The teams were slow in catching their offensive rhythm early on. D.J. Seeley and Colton Iverson had the hosts up 8-5, but Lojeski and Printezis hit back-to-back threes to help Olympiacos take a 13-17 lead after 10 minutes. Green’s floater made it 13-21 early in the season quarter.Maccabi was successful applying full-court pressure and Ohayon’s jumper got the hosts within 20-21, but Lojeski hit a jumper and a three-pointer, before a three-point play from Printezis opened a 21-31 lead, the first double-digit margin of the night.Mekel hit a three at the other end and Rudd had a pair of baskets, including a fastbreak dunk, but Green beat the halftime buzzer with a tough off-balance jumper that made it 32-40 at halftime. It did not take long for Olympiacos to re-establish a double-digit lead in the third quarter, as Green and Papanikolaou hit three-pointers that made it 41-52, before Waters and Khem Birch extended it to 43-58. In the fourth quarter, back-to-back threes from Waters opened a 52-70 lead.Landesberg scored 11 points in the fourth quarter and with help from Ohayon as well as Guy Pnini’s triple, the hosts cut it to 71-79 with 1:22 to go, but never got closer that.Source: EuroleagueTweetPinShare0 Shares