Check out Off the Block special contributor Jonathan Bates’ interview with coach Bill Ferguson after No. 5 USC swept No. 12 Stanford on Monday to remain tied for first place in the MPSF. Continue reading
USC is in a position to make run at the NCAA championship this upcoming season and coach Bill Feeguson knows it.
Feeguson in a recent interview with Off the Block said the Trojans have embraced the high preseason expectations surrounding the team.
When USC’s season ended in April, coach Bill Ferguson admittedly was not completely sure if his All-American setter Micah Christenson would come back for his senior season.
Ferguson said in a recent interview with Off the Block that before Christenson opted to return to USC, the two had several discussions during the off-season about the chances of the setter foregoing his final college season to play professionally overseas.
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.
Opposite Tanner Jansen for the second consecutive match led the Trojans in kills and helped No. 8 USC complete the conference series sweep against No. 9 Hawai’i.
Jansen had a match-high 13 kills as the Trojans swept the Rainbow Warriors 25-22, 25-20, 25-18 on Saturday in Los Angeles.
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.
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.
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.
Bill Ferguson for the second time in the last four years is the national coach of the year.
The USC head coach was named the 2012 AVCA Men’s Division I-II National Coach of the Year on Monday after leading the Trojans to a conference regular season title and the NCAA championship match.
UC Irvine swept USC on Saturday to win the 2012 NCAA championship – its third national title in the last six years.
Check out the postmatch news conference following the Anteaters’ victory.