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.
USC coach Bill Ferguson and several Trojan players participated in the men’s volleyball NCAA Tournament media day on Wednesday.
The No. 2 seed USC will play the No. 3 seed Lewis in the semifinals on Thursday. Check out the transcript from USC’s news conference.
The MPSF announced its 2012 all-conference honors on Thursday. Check out what players were named all-conference players and who won MPSF Player of the Year.
No. 6 USC one week after playing two matches against No. 1 BYU will continue its road trip against highly nationally ranked teams.
USC will travel to play No. 3 UC Irvine on Friday before playing UC San Diego on Saturday to close-out a four-match road trip. The Trojans (3-2, 0-2 MPSF) lost both matches to the Cougars last week, while the Anteaters defeated the Tritons during the weekend to snap a two-match losing streak.
Check out this video interview with USC coach Bill Ferguson as he discusses his team’s play last week and preparing for UC Irvine.