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.
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.
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.
The undefeated Trojans will get its biggest test of the season so far this weekend.
No. 6 USC will play No. 1 BYU in a conference two-match series on Friday and Saturday in Provo, Utah. USC (3-0) defeated Long Beach State and Cal State Northridge last week to open MPSF play, while BYU (5-1) swept then-No. 1 UC Irvine in a two-match series last week to move back atop the national rankings.
Check out this video interview with USC coach Bill Ferguson as he discusses his team’s play last week and preparing to to travel to BYU.