Trojan duo named Players of the Week for women’s tennis, women’s water polo

first_imgSteven Kramer | Daily TrojanTwo Trojans took home Player of the Week honors this week due to their weekend performances. Junior Gabby Smith was recognized on the women’s tennis team, while senior driver Stephania Haralabidis won the award for women’s water polo.Smith was named Pac-12 Player of the Week for the second time in her career on Monday, after she helped USC top UC Santa Barbara in its season opener last Thursday. Smith dropped her doubles match to start the day, but she rebounded with a momentum-shifting 7-6 (5), 6-0 victory in singles play. Smith is currently riding a six-match unbeaten streak, including an undefeated weekend at the National Collegiate Tennis Classic earlier this month. During the tournament, Smith defeated Arizona’s No. 18-ranked Lauren Marker 6-0, 6-3. Smith and her doubles partner, senior Zoë Katz, are also currently ranked No. 18 in the nation.Haralabidis then earned MPSF Player of the Week honors on Tuesday. The senior tallied an incredible 17 goals in five games over the weekend, as USC stormed to a perfect 5-0 record at the UCSB Winter Invitational. Haralabidis scored in every single game of the tournament and also set a new career high with nine goals in the final game against hosts No. 9 UCSB — which also matched a single-game MPSF record. She has now scored on 202 occasions as a Trojan, eighth most in program history. Three more goals will push herup to No. 7.Both players will look to defend their titles this weekend. Smith and the women’s tennis team will head to Auburn, Ala. for the ITA Kickoff Weekend on Saturday, while Haralabidis and women’s water polo will make a trip to Riverside for the Cal Baptist Invitational, which also begins on Saturday.last_img read more

NASCAR at Indianapolis: Starting lineup, pole for Sunday’s Brickyard race

first_imgPositions 1-12: Random draw from charter teams in those positions in owner pointsPositions 13-24: Random draw from charter teams in those positions in owner pointsPositions 25-36: Random draw from charter teams in those positions in owner pointsPositions 37-40: Open teams in order of owners pointsNASCAR starting lineup at IndianapolisNASCAR has scrapped prerace qualifying and practice to limit time spent at the track during the COVID-19 pandemic. It has mostly been using random draws to determine starting positions for races.The results of Thursday’s draw for the starting lineup in the Big Machine Hand Sanitizer 400 Powered by Big Machine Records at Indianapolis Motor Speedway:Pos.DriverCar No. Team1Joey Logano22Team Penske2Kurt Busch1Chip Ganassi Racing3Alex Bowman88Hendrick Motorsports4Justin Allgaier*48Hendrick Motorsports5Aric Almirola10Stewart-Haas Racing6Denny Hamlin11Joe Gibbs Racing7Kyle Busch18Joe Gibbs Racing8Martin Truex Jr.19Joe Gibbs Racing9Brad Keselowski2Team Penske10Chase Elliott9Hendrick Motorsports11Kevin Harvick4Stewart-Haas Racing12Ryan Blaney12Team Penske13Tyler Reddick8Richard Childress Racing14Ryan Newman6Roush Fenway Racing15Matt DiBenedetto21Wood Brothers Racing16Austin Dillon3Richard Childress Racing17Bubba Wallace43Richard Petty Motorsports18William Byron24Hendrick Motorsports19John Hunter Nemechek38Front Row Motorsports20Chris Buescher17Roush Fenway Racing21Matt Kenseth42Chip Ganassi Racing22Clint Bowyer14Stewart-Haas Racing23Erik Jones20Joe Gibbs Racing24Ricky Stenhouse Jr.47JTG Daugherty Racing25Joey Gase51Petty Ware Racing26Brennan Poole15Premium Motorsports27Michael McDowell34Front Row Motorsports28Garrett Smithley53Rick Ware Racing29Ty Dillon13Germain Racing30Cole Custer41Stewart-Haas Racing31Corey LaJoie32Go Fas Racing32Ross Chastain77Spire Motorsports33Quin Houff00StarCom Racing34JJ Yeley27Rick Ware Racing35Christopher Bell95Leavine Family Racing36Ryan Preece37JTG Daugherty Racing37Daniel Suarez96Gaunt Brothers Racing38Timmy Hill66Motorsports Business Management39Johs Bilicki7Tommy Baldwin Racing40BJ McLeod78BJ McLeod Motorsports* Allgaier is driving in place of Jimmie Johnson, who tested positive for COVID-19. The starting lineup and pole for Sunday’s NASCAR Cup Series race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway was determined by the same procedure that has been in place for most races since the series’ return from its COVID-19 pandemic pause.The starting grid for the Big Machine Hand Sanitizer 400 Powered by Big Machine Records, which is scheduled to go green at 4:23 p.m. ET at The Brickyard and will be broadcast live on NBC, was determined by a combination of random draw and positions in the NASCAR Cup Series point standings in place of qualfying and practice sessions.  MORE: Updated 2020 NASCAR Cup Series schedulePit stall selection for Cup Series races that are run without qualifying is determined by the results of the previous race. In the case of Sunday’s race at Indy, the selection was based on where drivers finished in last Sunday’s race at Pocono Raceway.Below is the starting lineup for Saturday’s NASCAR race at Indianapolis and how it was set.Who won the pole for the NASCAR race at Indianapolis?Joey Logano will be on the pole for Sunday’s race after a random drawing of the top 12 in the point standings. This is Logano’s first pole of the season, in Race No. 16. Logano comes into Indy sixth in the point standings, 81 points behind series leader Kevin Harvick, but he has finished no better than 17th in his last four races. He was 36th and 24th in the weekend races at Pocono.Joining Logano on the front row will be Kurt Busch, who is 10th in the standings. Busch is coming off a 13th-place finish in the Pocono Sunday race.MORE: Watch all NASCAR races live with fuboTV (7-day free trial)Logano (Team Penske) and Busch (Chip Ganassi Racing) drive for teams that know how to win at Indy in multiple series. Penske and Ganassi have combined for 22 Indianapolis 500 victories, with Team Penske earning 18, and each has one NASCAR Cup Series win at Indy.Below is the protocol for how the Cup Series field was set at Indianapolis:last_img read more