Kessler and Vaioletama Named USC Credit Union Student-Athletes of the Week

    Cody Kessler
    Dec. 1, 2014

    LOS ANGELES - USC football quarterback Cody Kessler and women's basketball forward Alexyz Vaioletama were named USC Credit Union Student-Athletes of the Week for the week of Nov. 24-30, on Monday, Dec. 1.

    Cody Kessler lit up the scoreboard at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum in a 49-14 victory over Notre Dame.  The Fighting Irish couldn't stop the Trojan passing game as Kessler led the attack with 372 yards and six touchdowns. The redshirt junior also set a career-high with 32 pass completions out of 40 attempts.

    Kessler connected with junior wide receiver George Farmer on two occasions, including a 48-yard bomb early in the first quarter. Going into halftime Kessler threw for five touchdowns, which ties the school record for most in a half, matching his effort against Colorado on Oct. 18 (as well as others by Matt Barkley and Mark Sanchez). Overall, Kessler's six touchdown passes is the most ever in the 85-game rivalry between USC and Notre Dame.

    Also nominated for men's student-athlete of the week honors: Marc Vonderweidt (water polo) and Nikola Jovanovic (basketball).

    Alexyz Vaioletama powered the Trojans through the SMU Thanksgiving Classic on their way to the tournament title. In the first game against Sam Houston State, Vaioletama and the Trojans took care of business in a dominating 88-67 win. The senior forward scored nine points and had 11 rebounds against the Bearkats, helping to earn the Trojans a spot in the title game.

    Vaioletama's highlight performance came in the championship game against SMU. Trailing by five at halftime, Vaioletama came through with some crucial second-half points, including a bucket that broke a 40-40 tie with 8:25 remaining. Vaioletama finished the game with 11 points as the Trojans wound up winning 64-57 in the comeback road win. Vaioletama was named Tournament MVP, and USC now has a five-game winning streak. The Women of Troy are next scheduled to play at Saint Mary's on Saturday, Dec. 6 at 5:30 p.m. PT.

    Also nominated for women's student-athlete of the week honors: Taylor Whittingham (volleyball).

    The USC Credit Union Student-Athletes of the Week are voted on by the student assistants and Sports Information Directors of the USC Sports Information Office. Nominations are compiled and distributed for voting by Alec Koondel. Student assistant voters include Charlotte Adlam, Taiu Kunimoto, Nikki Borchard, Andrew McKagan, Eike Daube, Tera Novy, Carlene Jones, Max Schwartz, Gaby Smotrys, Aubrey Kragen, and intern Katie Ryan.