USC Men's Volleyball Upsets No. 3 Long Beach State In MPSF Opener|
Jan. 11, 2017
The unranked USC men's volleyball team, behind Lucas Yoder's 28 kills, upset No. 3 Long Beach State, 25-19, 25-20, 22-25, 25-22, on Wednesday (Jan. 11) in USC's Galen Center in both teams' opening Mountain Pacific Sports Federation match of 2017.
USC improved to 2-2 overall, while Long Beach suffered its first loss of the year to fall to 3-1 overall.
Yoder hit at a .404 clip and added 6 digs. Teammate Andy Benesh had 12 kills while hitting .526 and also had 5 digs and 4 blocks, Connor Inlow had a career-high 9 kills (hitting .600) along with 4 blocks, Matt Douglas had a match-best 10 digs and Aaron Strange had 5 kills and 9 digs.
For LBSU, TJ DeFalco had 13 kills and 8 digs, Amir Lugo-Rodriguez added 10 kills, Kyle Ensing had 9 kills, 5 digs and 2 aces, Bryce Yould had 7 kills (hitting .545) and 4 blocks and Andrew Sato had 9 digs.
USC hit .358 to LBSU's .265 and the Trojans had more digs, 41-25.
USC jumped out to a quick 4-2 lead in the opening set, then steadily pulled away while hitting a blistering .739 (just 1 hitting error in 23 swings) and getting 8 digs. In the second set, the Trojans built another early lead, 8-3, and Long Beach State couldn't catch up as USC hit .385 and added 10 more digs. The 49ers went on a 7-0 run to forge a 14-6 lead in the third set and held off the fast-closing Trojans (LBSU hit .367 and had 3.5 blocks in the set). Long Beach State scored the first 4 points of the fourth set and USC countered by scoring the next 4, then the match was tight until the Trojans went on a late 3-0 run to go up 24-21 and close out the match.
USC returns to action on Saturday (Jan. 14) with a home match against No. 13 Cal State Northridge at 7 p.m. in the Galen Center.