No. 2 USC Men's Volleyball Sweeps No. 11 Long Beach State|
Jan. 28, 2015
Robert Feathers had 8 kills while hitting .600 to help the No. 2-ranked USC men's volleyball team remain undefeated in 2015 with a 25-17, 25-18, 25-19 sweep over No. 11 Long Beach State in a Mountain Pacific Sports Federation match on Wednesday (Jan. 28) in USC's Galen Center.
USC improved to 6-0 overall and 5-0 in the MPSF. LBSU fell to 5-3 overall and 2-3 in MPSF play.
Christopher Orenic added 7 kills, 5 digs and 3 blocks for Troy, while Andy Benesh converted all 6 of his kill attempts and also had 6 blocks. Micah Christenson had 6 blocks, Alex Slaught had 6 kills and 3 aces and Brooks Varni had 6 digs for the Trojans.
For Long Beach State, Louis Richard had 5 kills and 2 aces off the bench, while Dan Glamack and Bryce Yould each had 4 kills (Yould also had 3 blocks) and Curtis Stallings had 5 digs.
USC hit .348 in the match to LBSU's .000 and the Trojans had 11.5 blocks (the 49ers had 8.0). LBSU served 7 aces to USC's 6.
USC never trailed in the first set, starting with a 2-0 lead and bumping it to 7-2 and then 12-6, as Troy hit .533 in the set with 4.0 blocks. The Trojans used a 4-0 run in the second set to open a 9-6 lead and steadily pulled away. In the third set, LBSU fought back from a 4-0 deficit to tie it at 8-8 and then the 49ers went up 13-12 before USC regained control with a 4-0 run to forge a 21-18 edge and cruised in for the win while hitting .370.
USC next hosts Cal State Northridge in an MPSF match on Friday (Jan. 30) at 7 p.m. in the Galen Center. At the match, the jerseys of former Trojan National Players of the Year Tom Duke (1988) and Bryan Ivie (1990, 1991) will be retired. Both players were members of USC's 1988 NCAA championship squad (Ivie also was on the 1990 NCAA champs). Ivie, who participated in the 1992 and 1996 Olympics (winning bronze in 1992), owns several still-standing USC records, including career and season kills (2,380, 770) and blocks (661, 199). Duke's .941 hitting percentage (16-0-17) is a still-standing USC match record.
Then on Saturday (Jan. 31), Bob Yoder, who led USC to NCAA championships as a player (1977) and then as its head coach (1988), will be honored at the second annual "The Ernie Event" in the Founders Room at 6 p.m. at USC's Galen Center. The event is named after legendary former USC men's volleyball coach Ernie Hix, who is regarded as "The Father of USC Men's Volleyball." Yoder, who this spring is being inducted into the 2015 class of the USC Athletic Hall of Fame, is the patriarch of the "First Family of USC Volleyball" (he is one of six Yoders to have played for Troy). For more information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.