USC took command early and sent the University of Hawaii water polo team to a 14-7 loss in the first round of the NCAA championships on Friday in Stanford, Calif.
The Trojans jumped out to a 5-1 lead in the first quarter and remained in control to advance to face Stanford in the semifinals of the National Collegiate Women’s Water Polo Championship on Saturday. UH (18-9) fell into the consolation bracket and will face Princeton at 9 a.m. Hawaii time.
USC got goals from 11 different players with Monica Vavic, Brianna Daboub and Brigitta Games scoring twice each. Victoria Chamorro made nine saves for the Trojans while giving up five goals and the Trojans won its 16th straight meeting with UH.
Paula Chillida Esforzado led UH with three goals and the Rainbow Wahine got one each from Caity Lopes da Silva, Emily Carr, Zoe Respondek and Chloe Barr.