Trojans Ink New Water Polo Standouts For 2017

    March 8, 2017

    The USC men's water polo program grew two Trojans stronger this week with the addition of Christian Emerson and Marko Vavic as signees to Troy for 2017. USC head coach Jovan Vavic, who has guided the USC men to 12 consecutive NCAA finals and a grand total of nine national championships, announced the addition of the two newcomers on Feb. 2. Emerson and Vavic have since been joined by Matt Moran-Flores as USC's new class of talent, as the goalie was a later signee for the Trojans.

    California products Christian Emerson and Marko Vavic will be quick fits into the Trojan gameplan. Emerson comes to Troy directly from two years at Cuesta College in San Luis Obispo, Calif. Before that, he was a prolific scorer and all-around provider during his prep career at Woodcreek High School in Roseville, Calif., setting school records for goals, steals and assists along the way.

    "Emerson is an excellent utility player, a good finisher, and a physical player who is not afraid of contact," Jovan Vavic said of Emerson. "He likes to post up and is good at it. He has good speed, strong legs, and good balance in the water. He has a warrior mentality."

    Marko Vavic will be the third of head coach Jovan Vavic's offspring to play for him at USC. The tallest of his siblings, Marko Vavic brings his 6-foot-5 frame to the pool to follow in the footsteps of his All-American and NCAA champion siblings Nikola and Monica. A member of the U.S. Youth National Team, Marko has also been a standout at the prep level at Loyola High as a regular all-league first-teamer and an All-CIF First Team honoree.

    "Marko is an immediate impact player who is quite versatile, long, fast, and a good defender," Jovan Vavic said of Marko. "He's a very explosive driver with a hard shot as well as a strong post-up player and a dangerous fastbreak player."



    Matt Moran-Flores
    Matt Moran-Flores

    Matt Moran-Flores was his league's Most Outstanding Goalie in 2016, as he has stood tall in the cage for Corona del Mar High School. He made 186 saves in his senior season en route to the league honors, which also included the 2016 league title.

    "Matt is big, strong and athletic," Vavic said of Moran-Flores. "He's great in blocking-percentage shots and in blocking one-on-ones in the fast break. He has a ton of potential. He's hard-working and will compete for playing time immediately"

    Emerson, Vavic and Moran-Flores are slated to join the Trojans in 2017 as USC looks to continue its historic stretch of NCAA championship appearances and add to the nine trophies it has collected to date.