Video: USC coach, players react to sweep against Cal State Northridge

Coach Bill Ferguson didn’t have to worry about his team’s overlooking Cal State Northridge with looming match against No. 2 Long Beach State.

Ferguson said following No. 7 USC’s sweep against Cal State Northridge on Friday that the Trojans have started to tighten their play on the court and increased their focus heading into the final weeks of the regular season.

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Q&A with USC men’s volleyball coach Bill Ferguson

There is plenty of optimism for the USC players and coaches this preseason — and for good reason after struggling last year.

USC coach Bill Ferguson in an interview with Off the Block earlier this week called first half of his team’s preseason the best start to a training camp since he became the Trojans head coach. In addition, USC despite last season not qualifying for the MPSF Tournament for the first since 2006 returns a majority starters, and several players who missed most of the 2013 season because of injury are now returning to the court healthy.
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USC coach: No issue if Christenson plays for U.S. in Grand Champions Cup

USC coach Bill Ferguson is not only fine if his All-American setter Micah Christenson has to leave the team during the preseason to play with the U.S. Men’s National Team, he is encouraging it.

Ferguson said in an interview with Off the Block on Tuesday that he hopes Christenson is selected to the U.S. roster for the upcoming FIVB World Grand Champions Cup because of the long-term benefits it would have for the setter and his team.

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Volleyball Magazine reveals 2012 Player of the Year, All-American teams

USC continued to pick up more individual national accolades — almost sweeping Volleyball Magazine’s top three annual awards.

Trojans outside attacker Tony Ciarelli was named the 2012 Volleyball Magazine Player of the Year, while setter Micah Christenson won the Freshman of the Year award. In addition, USC coach Bill Ferguson and former UC Irvine coach John Speraw both earned the magazine’s Coach of the Year honors.
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VIDEO: Ferguson breaks down upcoming matches, USC’s chances at MPSF title

The Trojans enters the final week of the regular season with two remaining conference matches and a chance to win the MPSF regular season championship.

No. 1 USC closes its regular season on the road with matches against No. 10 Long Beach State at 7 p.m. Thursday and Cal State Northridge at 7 p.m. Saturday. The Trojans can win a share of the MPSF regular season title if they win one of these matches and will win the conference out-right and get the No. 1 seed for the MPSF Tournament if they win both matches.
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