USC Men's Volleyball Falls To Alberta In 5 Sets
Jan. 4, 2012
Taylor Hunt had 17 kills and 7 blocks to lead Canadian power Alberta to a 23-25, 25-22, 25-21, 20-25, 16-14 win over No. 5 USC in an exhibition men's volleyball match that opened the Trojans' 2012 season on Wednesday (Jan. 4) in USC's Galen Center.
Tony Ciarelli had 18 kills and 9 digs for USC, while Steven Mochalski added 17 kills while hitting .306, Steven Shandrick had 8 kills (hitting .375) and 9 blocks, freshman Robert Feathershad 9 kills while hitting .353 and Henry Cassidy had 13 digs.
Mitch Irvine added 14 kills for Alberta (16-8), Jay Olmsted had 13 kills, Jarron Mueller had 15 digs and Matt McCreary had 8 blocks.
Both teams hit for a low percentage (USC was at .210 to Alberta's .168). The Golden Bears served 8 aces.
In the first set, USC overcame a 12-8 deficit and tied the score at 16-16, then scored 2 unanswered points to gain a 22-20 edge, enabling Troy to finish out the set in which it hit .462. The Trojans trailed 8-4 in the second set, tied it at 13-13 and then built a 20-17 lead only to have the Golden Bears pull even at 21-21 and then score the set's final 4 points. Alberta broke a 17-17 tie in the third set by scoring 3 consecutive points and, although USC closed to within 23-21, the Golden Bears finished it off while getting 5 blocks and a pair of aces in the set. The Trojans opened up a 9-4 lead in the fourth set, grew it to 20-14 and then held on after Alberta got to within 20-18. The fifth set went back and forth throughout, with Alberta scoring the final 2 points on an Irvine kill followed by a Trojan hitting error.
USC now travels to NCAA Division II foe Cal Baptist for a 7 p.m. match on Thursday (Jan. 5) before returning home next week for its 2012 Mountain Pacific Sports Federation opener against No. 7 Long Beach State on Jan. 12 at 7 p.m. in the Galen Center.