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USC Defeats Cleveland St. In NCAA’s Opening Round

ELASS Logo #2AlogoNote #1 From The Editor:  USC’s“Women of Troy”  are on a mission to win the NCAA Women’s Division-I Volleyball Championship, with the accompanying rights to be called the 2015 National Champions.  The #1 seeded team in the (64)  team tournament started their run with a convincing 1st round win over the Cleveland St. “Vikings”  with a (4-1) victory. The win took place on the Trojans’ home court at Galen Center, as it was designated by the NCAA to be the host site for the first two rounds of play under the San Diego Regional.
Led into battle by their Senior, Outide Hitter, and two-time All-American, Samantha Bricio,  one of  the NCAA’s D-1 most feared and respected players, the Trojans simply put on their game face and took care of their business in a strong, competitive manner. Head Coach, Mick Haley  once again did a masterful job in playing a very sound rotation of student-athletes who gained invaluable tournament experience, and who also benefitted greatly from playing in this widely-followed and increasingly watched women’s college sport. It has very recently evolved into a greater viewer sport due in large part to the PAC-12’s  and other Major-level D-1 conferences committing themselves to consistent cable tv network scheduling of conference matches.
For serious Trojan volleyball fans, this is yet another opportunity to follow a team on their path to another coveted national championship. We hope you enjoy our dual production format of video with match highlights, post-match interviews with both teams, as well as another great photo gallery shot by Erik Sarni.  To follow USC (32-2)  and the “Women of Troy  on their quest to win the National Championship, click here.  They travel to the home of the San Diego Regionals and the University of San Diego’s, Jenny Craig Pavilion, for a third round match on Friday, Dec. 11th  vs. Creighton University, (27-8)  and with a victory, they would then play on Saturday, Dec. 12th vs. the winner of Kansas  vs Loyola-Marymount Univ. (LMU).  You can also see the entire tournament bracket by clicking here.
Note #2 From The Editor: Last reminder…. if you haven’t yet seen, or watched Samantha Bricio  play, and dominate the game of volleyball, then this weekend should be for you. Their match against Creighton University  on Friday will be televised on ESPNU  at 8 pm, and should they win, on Saturday, again on ESPNU  at 8 pm. We continue our salute to our Veterans through the graphics found in our photo gallery!  Rico Cabrera, Sr./Editor, EastLASportsScene.com 
Credits: NCAA, Promo video; Erik Sarni,  Video of match footage & photo gallery, EastLASportsScene.Com
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