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No. 2 Ranked USC Dominates No. 7 Pepperdine 13-3

Redshirt junior Rex Butler put on a huge performance for USC scoring four goals.

The No. 2 ranked men's water polo team improved to 22-2 overall and 4-1 in conference after two big wins over California and Pepperdine this past weekend. The Trojans returned home on Sunday following their 11-9 win over the Cal to face the No. 7 ranked Waves.

USC looked to remain perfect at home facing Pepperdine on Sunday. Behind a performance by redshirt junior Rex Butler, who scored four goals, the Trojans defeated the Waves 13-3. Butler's four-goals tie a season high for the junior, a record he set against Loyola Marymount on September 7th. 

Senior Mace Rapsey in true veteran form scored three goals in the game. This was the sixth time this season that he has scored at least three goals in a game. Following his performance Rapsey finds himself sitting at the 26th spot on the Trojan career scoring list with 111 goals. He is just two goals away from cracking the Trojans top 25 scoring list.

The Trojans defense was dominant on Sunday holding Pepperdine's offense to just three goals. Goalkeeper James Clark defense allowed the Trojans to tie its lowest output of the season. Clark posted up nine saves in the match including three in the first quarter that left the Waves scoreless. With their win over Pepperdine USC improves to 6-0 at home.

USC looks to keep it's win streak alive with a crucial victory over Stanford on Saturday. Stanford is riding a 7-game winning streak after notching a 11-8 win over Long Beach State.

Game time will tip-off at 2:00 p.m. on Nov. 16 at the Uytengsu Aquatics Center.

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