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Saturday, April 23, 2023---USC Men’s Tennis Senior Day

At Marks Stadium today’s men's tennis match vs Utah was also USC’s Senior Day. Today’s match was in honor of Philip Siordia. Phil has been the Men’s and Women’s Director of Operations for 33 years and is retiring after this season.

Trojan Candy was lucky to have been given permission to take videos and pictures on the tennis court from Men’s Tennis Coach Brett Masi. He also allowed my husband Jim to take videos. So both of us arrived early.

Before we walked down to the courts, we gave Philip a “going away” gift.
Trojan Candy took a picture of our friend Rudy who attends every USC Men’s Tennis home match like we try to do.
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[Videos] Next, Phil escorted Jim and me down to the courts. Our men were warming up.
It is Senior Day for Bradley Frye! The Coach and the team lined up at the door waiting for Brad to appear.
Next, Phil stood at the door with the team.
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[Video] Bradley Frye (11/15/2018) appeared at the door with a big smile!
Trojan Candy took a picture of Brad with his dad John and his mom Arlene.
Then I took a picture of Brad with his parents and coaches.
Brad’s teammates joined him for this picture.
Brad’s coaches and Tennis Senior Associate Athletic Director Paul Perrier joined in this picture.
My last on-court picture shows Bradley's parents proudly holding his framed pictures gift.

Congratulations, Brad!

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[Video] The Star Spangled Banner and team huddle was next.
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[Video] Now, it was time for the doubles to be played. Playing on Court 3 were Wojtek Marek and Peter Makk.
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[Video] On Court 1 were Brad and freshman Learner Tien (4/15/2023). They won their doubles 7 to 5.
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[Video] On Court 2 were Stefan Dostanic (1/22/2023) and Ryan Colby. They won their doubles 7 to 5.

So the match score was USC 1 and Utah 0.

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[Videos] Now it was time to honor Phil. The Women of Troy Tennis Team joined the men’s team on the court. My two videos covered the ceremony.
The Women's tennis team joined the celebration of Philip's retirement.

Have a very Happy Retirement, Philip!

Now, the singles started.

On Court 4 Wotjek Marek won his match by 6-1, 6-3 to provide USC with a 2-0 lead in the match.
On Center Court was Stefan Dostanic. Stefan started out well, but he lost 4-6, 3-6.
At Court 6, Lodewijk Westrate won 7-5, 6-3 to give USC a 3-1 lead.
Then at Court 3, Peter Makk won his match by 6-4, 6-3 to clinch the team score at 4-1.
On Court 2, Learner Tien won 6-3 in the first set when play was suspended.
On Court 5, Senior Brad Frye won the first set by 6-2, when his match was suspended.
We won the Pac-12 Men’s Tennis Championship when we beat Utah!
Coach Masi held the Championship trophy.
Pac-12 Men’s Tennis Championship trophy.
Here is the final score!

Tuesday, April 18, 2023---USC Beach Volleyball Senior Salute

My husband Jim and I arrived an hour early for the USC Beach Volleyball (BVB) match vs CSU Bakersfield and the USC Beach Volleyball Senior Salute after the match.

My first picture was of the banners on the wall in the Merle Norman Stadium.
Two friends Jeremy Wu, Associate Director of Sports Brands and Communications, and Leland Waters, the Match Announcer, posed for me.
I was able to take this nice picture of BVB Head Coach Dain Blanton.
Our team huddled together before the match.
On Court 3, #1 Harper Hallgren and # 20 Caitlin Cummings high fived one another after winning a point.
Then on Court 2 #5 Olivia Bakos and #14 Bailey Showalter celebrated after scoring a point.
On Court 1, our Nourse twins leaned together to wait for the serve.
Then they hand-shook one another after winning a point.

On Courts 1, 2, and 3 of the first flight we won all three matches. Heading into flight 2, the team score was 2-0 over CSU Bakersfield.

In the second flight, on Court 2 were #31 Gabby Walker and #10 Madison White. Here Madison is serving.
Then on Court 3 were #3 Jenna Johnson and #21 Ashlyn Rasnick-Pope. Here they congratulated one another on a winning point.
On Court 1 were #22 Megan Kraft (2/26/2022) and #23 Delaynie Maple (2/26/2022). They were happy after winning a point.

USC won on all three courts in the second flight. Our Women of Troy won the match 5-0 over CSU Bakersfield.

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[Two videos] Here is our victory huddle. They were happy after winning the match.
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[Video] Now, it was time for the Senior Salute. First, Coach Dain Blanton graciously gave 2022 NCAA Beach Volleyball Championship rings to the Merle Norman Donors Jack and Helen Nethercutt. Then our first BVB Senior was introduced and walked through the Player Tunnel. Meet Jenna Johnson.
Jenna posed with her parents Terry and Kara and coaches.
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[Video] Our second senior is Ashlyn Rasnick-Pope.
Here is Ashlyn with her stepmother and Uncle Ryan.
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[Video] The third senior was #35 Madison “Mad Dog” Shields.
Here is Madison wth her mother Nicole.
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[Video] Our fourth Senior Caitlin Cummings has had two numbers #20 and #33 during the season.
Caitlin posed with her mother Irene Otten.
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[Video] Our last Senior was Harper Hallgren.
Harper was joined by her parents Chris and Wendy.
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[Video] Here are all five Seniors.

Congratulations, Jenna, Ashlyn, Madison, Caitlin, and Harper! And KEEP FIGHTING ON!

After the Senior Salute finished, Trojan Candy took more pictures of the Seniors and the Team. CLICK HERE TO VIEW MY GOOGLE ALBUM.