USC Men’s Water Polo Wins 6th Straight National Championship

Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

As the astute Joey Kaufman tweeted: Dedeaux. Jones. McKay. Vavic.

If he wasn’t already, Jovan Vavic cemented himself yet again as one of the greatest coaches in both USC and NCAA history on Sunday afternoon, when his USC Trojans won their sixth consecutive men’s water polo national championship.

It’s Vavic’s astounding 13th national title while at USC, a school record. This one was so poetic that his son, senior Nikola Vavic, had the honor of netting the game-winning goal in double overtime.

The Trojans had to fight for this one as they did in overtime last year against UCLA, as University of the Pacific pushed USC to the brink several times. The Tigers led SC 10-8 in the game’s final minutes, but three goals over the next 90 seconds gave the Trojans the lead and they never looked back, sealing the deal in double OT with several key saves from senior goalie James Clark.

Nikola Vavic led the Trojans with four goals to end his collegiate career, while UOP’s Balazs Erdelyi scored seven of his squad’s 11 goals.

USC entered the tournament ranked No. 2 in the nation behind Pacific, and had an uphill climb in the NCAAs after losing out on an MPSF title to Stanford last week.


Topics: Men's Water Polo, USC Trojans

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