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Friday, March 18, 2022---Meet USC Men’s Tennis Player Sean Holt

23681518Trojan Candy tried several times to interview Sean Holt this 2022 season. I was finally able to quickly interview Sean today at the Men's match with Arizona State. Here is my picture of Sean (on the far right) with USC teammates freshman Wojtek Marek and senior Jake Sands. Now, meet Sean. Sean is a sophomore majoring in Real Estate Development. He wants to pursue a career in real estate and private equity. More personally, Sean likes the outdoors. His favorite food is tacos. As for entertainment, Sean’s favorite movie is “American Sniper.” His favorite book is “Am I Being too Subtle?” by Sam Zell. As for music, Sean’s favorite music is Country music. American Country music singer and composer Cody Johnson is Sean’s favorite performer. Both of Sean’s older brothers attended USC. His oldest brother Dylan was a Student Manager on the men’s tennis team in 2017. CLICK HERE to see my picture of Dylan with Henry Ji and Tanner Smith in 2017. His older brother Brandon was an outstanding USC tennis player at USC and is now playing professionally. CLICK HERE to read my interview of Brandon in 2017. FIGHT ON, Dylan! FIGHT ON, Brandon! FIGHT ON, Sean!

Saturday, March 12, 2022---Meet Women of Troy Tennis Senior Danielle Willson

During the Women's tennis match with Arizona, Trojan Candy was finally able to interview senior Danielle Willson. She had won her doubles match while partnering with Eryn Cayetano and wasn't playing singles. Several times I have taken pictures of her for my blog when she was competing, but I was never able to interview Danielle until now.

1440Danielle is from Newport Beach. She majored in Accounting. More personally, Danielle’s favorite food is sushi. As for entertainment, “Outer Banks” is her favorite television program, and all of the Jason Bourne movies are her favorites. For music, Danielle likes to listen to “today’s hits,” Electronic Dance Music (E.D.M.), and Christian music. Danielle’s hobby is hiking. FIGHT ON, Danielle!

Wednesday, March 9, 2022---USC Men’s Volleyball vs George Mason

Our Men’s Volleyball Team, with a 13-3 record, took on George Mason this Wednesday night at Galen Center.
Our team warmed up.
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Video of warmups
We huddled before the match began.
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Our Spirit of Troy played our Star Spangled Banner.
Our Song Girls stood at the sideline.
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Next, our players were introduced.
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USC #6 Senior Chris Hall served an ACE!
Our team observed from the sidelines.
Our men are ready for action.
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Our Song Girls performed during a brief intermission.
Here are our USC Spirit Leaders.
Now some more action from both teams.
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This video shows #8 Kyle Paulson's Ace and #18 Liam Schroeder's kill to win the first set by 25-16.
Kyle Paulson was waiting to serve the ball.
Senior Liam Schroeder was ready to serve the ball.
For the next play #24 Simon Gallas was waiting for the signal to serve.
During the next timeout, USC bench players warmed up on the sidelines.
Our team was ready for the next George Mason serve.
Then our team huddled after a point was scored.
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In this video, #7 Sam Kobrine served an ace.
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Our Spirit of Troy performed ”Tusk” while the Song Girls danced.
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Our men won the second and third sets by 25-20 and 25-16. This video shows the third set victory and the net handshakes.
The Spirit of Troy serenaded us.
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The Galen Center big screen showed game highlights.

Congratulations, USC Men’s Volleyball!

Sunday, March 6, 2022---Women of Troy Beach Volleyball vs Stanford

0973Our Women of Troy Beach Volleyball Team played a match on Saturday, March 5, against Grand Canyon at the Merle Norman Stadium as part of the Battle for L.A. Invitational. Then the team opened its 2022 home season against the Stanford Cardinal on Sunday, March 6. Trojan Candy took this picture of our 2021 National Championship banner. There is room on the wall for 2022!

Our team huddled.
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Then, the first three pairs went to their courts in this video.
At Court One were #4 Sammy Slater (2/22/2018) [with cap] and #22 Megan Kraft (2/26/2022).
After a good play, Sammy and Megan celebrate.
Then, they met with their Head Coach Dain Blanton.
At Court Two were the twins, #24 Audrey Nourse (2/21/2020) and #42 Nicole Nourse (2/21/2020) [serving].
Here is a play that Audrey and Nicole set up.
The twins do a handshake after earning a point.
At Court Three were #2 Shannon Scully (serving) and #10 Caroline Schafer. They play only for practice.
Caroline and Shannon shook hands after a good play.
Trojan Candy took this picture of USC’s volleyball super star who won two NCAA Volleyball titles at USC and three Olympic medals in Beach Volleyball. April Ross (1/12/2013) came to visit our match.
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Here is my video of Sammy Slater’s and Megan Kraft’s victory at Court One.
Next Audrey and Nicole Nourse won at Court Two.

The score is now USC 2 and Stanford 0.

Our next three pairs are up next.

At Court One were #13 Hailey Harward (2/21/2020) and #24 Tina Graudina (2/26/2022). The ladies are ready for action.
After a point Hailey and Tina slapped hands.
What an action play!
At Court Two were #23 Delaynie Maple (2/26/2022) and #25 Julia Scoles.
What an action play!
After scoring a point Delaynie and Julia shake hands.
At Court Three were #3 Sunny Villapando and #21 Mollie Ebertin. The ladies are ready to play.
They get advice from Volunteer Coach Laurel Weaver.
Mollie and Sunny slap hands after winning another point.
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Here is my video of Hailey Harward’s and Tina Graudina’s victory at Court One.
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Next is my video of Sunny Villapando’s and Mollie Ebertin’s victory at Court Three.
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My last video is of Delaynie Maple’s and Julia Scoles’ victory at Court Two and the team’s victory huddle.

The final score of our match was USC 5 and Stanford 0.

FIGHT ON, Women of Troy Beach Volleyball!

Tuesday, March 1, 2022---USC Men’s Basketball vs Arizona

There were several USC alumni and some special guests who attended our Men’s Basketball Game versus Arizona tonight.

Their pictures were shown on the Galen Center big screen, and Trojan Candy took their pictures too.

0958On the big screen, the first USC alumnus was football wide receiver Nelson Agholor, who now plays for the New England Patriots. Trojan Candy interviewed and took a video and pictures of Nelson when he was playing as an undergrad at USC. My first picture of Nelson was at the Football Awards Banquet on December 14, 2012. At the Football Awards Banquet on December 17, 2014, he autographed a hand-made card for my grandson Zane. I took a video of Nelson as he led our football team out of the tunnel on October 13, 2018. Another picture of Nelson was at our men’s basketball game vs UCLA on January 19. 2019. We beat the Bruins 80 to 67! Keep FIGHTING On, Nelson!

0959Sitting next to Nelson in their courtside seats was rapper, singer, and songwriter 24kGoldn.

0960Nearby were two more USC football players. On the Galen Center big screen on the left is current USC Center # 62 Brett Neilon and on the right is Alijah Vera-Tucker, who now plays for the New York Jets. Trojan Candy has taken several pictures of Brett for this blog. This picture of Brett was taken when he was a freshman. I also interviewed Alijah for my 12/12/2018 football banquet blog.

1326Trojan Candy walked over to Brett and Alijah and took this picture of my two friends. Keep FIGHTING ON, Brett! Keep FIGHTING ON, Alijah!

0962On the Galen Center big screen was our Head Football Coach Lincoln Riley. Coach Riley must like basketball. He has come to several men’s games. FIGHT ON, Coach Riley!

After our game ended, which we unfortunately lost, Trojan Candy took two more pictures.

1324Here is my friend Justyn Wilson and his daughter Neva. Justyn normally sits right across the aisle from me. FIGHT ON, Justyn!

1325My last picture was of our fabulous baton twirler Emily Tutnick. FIGHT ON, Emily!

FIGHT ON, USC Men’s Basketball!