The First Family of USC Volley

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The latest Yoder to don the Cardinal and Gold appears to be a special one.  Freshman Lucas Yoder made such an impressive debut for USC men's volleyball that he was named the AVCA Division I-II National Player of the Week, MPSF Player of the Week and Off The Block National Freshman of the Week.

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On the road at No. 7 Loyola-Chicago, Yoder had a match-best 16 kills while hitting .609 to help the No. 11-ranked Trojans open their 2014 season with a 3-1 win. He had only 2 hitting errors on 23 swings.

Six Yoders have now graced Trojan rosters over the years: joining Lucas are cousin, Jack, a first-year freshman setter on the Trojans, Jack's brother, Paul, a junior libero at USC, their uncle, Bob, (a 1977 All-American who led USC to an NCAA title that year and then in 1988 as Troy's head coach), Lucas' late father, Dave (he played on 3 NCAA Final Four teams in the mid-1980s), and their cousin, Erin (a member of a pair of recent Women of Troy NCAA Final Four squads).

The First Family (clockwise from upper left): Lucas, Paul, Jack, Bob, Dave and Erin Yoder.

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