Men's Volleyball
    No. 5 USC Men's Volleyball Falls To No. 1 BYU In 5 Sets
    Tony Ciarelli
    Tony Ciarelli

    Jan. 21, 2012

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    Despite a match-high 26-kill outing by Tony Ciarelli, the No. 5 USC men's volleyball team lost a 5-set heartbreaker at No. 1 BYU, 25-22, 26-28, 25-15, 19-25, 15-13, in a Mountain Pacific Sports Federation match on Saturday (Jan. 21) in Provo in front of 4,261 fans.

    USC's record fell to 3-2 overall and 2-2 in the MPSF, while the Cougars improved to 6-1 overall and 4-0 in the MPSF. BYU beat USC in 4 sets on Friday (Jan. 20).

    Ciarelli hit .364 and added 6 digs and 4 blocks, while Tanner Jansen had 12 kills and 6 digs, Steven Mochalski had 11 kills, Micah Christenson had 9 digs and 3 aces, Henry Cassiday had 10 digs and Ben Lam came off the bench to record 7 kills and 4 blocks.

    For BYU, Taylor Sander had 25 kills while hitting .383 and added 9 digs, Robb Stowall had 21 kills (hitting .375) and 11 digs and both Quentin Smith and Russ Lavaja had 6 blocks.

    BYU outhit USC, .348 to .271.

    USC next plays at No. 2 UC Irvine on Jan. 27 at 6 p.m.