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USC faces UCLA in key matchups

Trojans will try to advance in crosstown Gauntlet standings

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USC and UCLA men's tennis teams are perennially top-ranked. (Photo/John McGillen)

USC and UCLA will square off three times this week with more on the line than just city pride. The Trojans and Bruins will battle in women’s water polo, men’s tennis and women’s tennis, and all six teams are ranked in the Top 12.

The Trojans currently trail UCLA in the crosstown 2014 Gauntlet standings with 37.5 points to UCLA’s 47.5.

Here’s the schedule of showdowns this week:

No. 2 UCLA at No. 3 USC women’s water polo

Uytengsu Aquatics Center on Wednesday, April 16 at 5 p.m.

The match will be carried live on Pac-12 Networks. The Women of Troy defeated UCLA 7-6 in overtime to win the UCI Invitational on Feb. 23 in the only meeting so far this season. USC is looking for its fifth straight win over UCLA.

No. 5 UCLA at No. 3 USC men’s tennis

Marks Stadium on Friday, April 18 at 10:30 a.m.

The dual match will be carried live on Pac-12 Networks starting with singles play at noon. USC and UCLA are both undefeated in Pac-12 play, so Friday’s winner will be declared the outright conference regular season champion.

Giuliana Olmos women tennis

Giuliana Olmos is a key member of USC’s women’s tennis team. (Photo/Dan Avila)

The Trojans and Bruins have split the season series to date. USC won 4-3 at the ITA National Team Indoors, while UCLA controlled the match in Westwood (5-2).

No. 12 USC women’s tennis at No. 2 UCLA

At UCLA on Friday, April 18 at 12:30 p.m.

The dual match will be carried live on Pac-12 Networks starting with singles play at 2 p.m. The Bruins have taken both meetings this season sweeping the Trojans at the ITA National Indoors and winning 5-2 at Marks Stadium in March. This is the regular season finale for the Women of Troy.

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