No. 15 Pacific Men's Volleyball Upsets No. 7 USC|
Jan. 20, 2013
Adam Troy had 15 kills, 7 blocks and 6 digs and Taylor Hughes added 13 kills and 10 digs to help the No. 15 Pacific men's volleyball team snap a 13-match losing streak to USC with a 25-18, 25-21, 26-28, 27-25 upset over the No. 7 Trojans in a Mountain Pacific Sports Federation match on Sunday afternoon (Jan. 20) in USC's Galen Center.
Pacific improved to 2-2 overall and 1-2 in the MPSF. USC, which was coming off consecutive upset sweeps over No. 1 UC Irvine and No. 2 Stanford, evened its record at 2-2 overall and in the MPSF.
Pacific hit .254 to USC's .180 and posted more blocks (16.5 to 12.5), digs (46 to 39) and aces (4 to 1).
Cristian Rivera led USC with 12 kills off the bench, while Robert Feathers had 9 kills and 7 blocks, Tanner Jansen had 9 kills and 5 blocks, Alex Slaught had 8 kills and Micah Christenson had 12 digs.
Matthew Houlihan added 8 kills and 10 digs for the Tigers, while Tommy Carmody had 7 kills and 9 blocks, Javier Caceres had 9 digs and Patrick Tunnell had 8 digs.
Pacific began the first set with a quick 2-0 edge and steadily built on that while limiting USC to a .062 hitting percentage. After falling behind 8-2 in the second set, the Tigers scored 10 of the next 13 points to go ahead 12-11 and USC could never catch up. The Trojans made a couple lineup changes midway through the third set (Christenson moved to opposite hitter as Chris Trefzger replaced him at setter and Josh Kirchner came in at middle blocker), providing some spark to help USC claw back from a 12-8 deficit to tie it at 16-16 and then overcoming a 21-19 deficit before kills by Slaught and Kirchner ended the set in overtime. USC fell behind big again in the fourth set, down 14-8 before catching up at 23-23, then the teams exchanged points until a block by Tunnell and Carmody followed by a Trojan hitting error gave Pacific the upset.
After an alumni match next Saturday (Jan. 26) at noon in the Galen Center, the Trojans return to MPSF play with a road match at No. 4 Pepperdine on Feb. 1.