No. 1 USC Men's Volleyball Opens 2011 With Sweep Over Alberta|
Jan. 5, 2011
Tony Ciarelli had 12 kills and 6 digs and Murphy Troy added 11 kills as the No. 1-ranked USC men's volleyball team opened its 2011 season with a 25-19, 25-22, 25-18 win in an exhibition match over Alberta, Canada's No. 2-ranked squad, on Wednesday (Jan. 5) at USC's Galen Center.
Ciarelli hit a blazing .579 for the Trojans, who hit at a .385 clip as a team. Teammate Austin Zahn had 7 kills while hitting .545 and also had a match-best 5 blocks.
Spencer Leiske led Alberta with 10 kills, while Jay Olmstead added 9 kills while hitting .643. The Golden Bears hit just .208 overall and were outblocked by the Trojans, 9.0 to 5.0.
USC broke an 18-18 tie in the first set by scoring back-to-back points and Alberta couldn't close the gap. The Trojans broke away earlier in the second set, using consecutive points to build a 7-5 lead which eventually widened to 20-16 before Alberta closed to 21-20, but USC was able to hold on. It was all USC in the final set, as the Trojans got off to a 4-1 start and were never threatened.
USC, which is No. 1 in the pre-season poll for the second consecutive year, next opens Mountain Pacific Sports Federation play with a pair of home matches next week against No. 12 Cal State Northridge on Jan. 12 and versus No. 11 Long Beach State on Jan. 14. Both matches start at 7 p.m.