No. 2 USC Men's Volleyball Off To Best Start In 24 Years With CSUN Sweep|
Jan. 30, 2015
Alex Slaught had a match-best 13 kills while hitting .600 to help the No. 2-ranked USC men's volleyball team get off to its best overall start in 24 years with a 25-16, 25-17, 25-17 win over Cal State Northridge in a Mountain Pacific Sports Federation match on Friday (Jan. 30) in USC's Galen Center.
USC improved to 7-0 overall, the Trojans' best overall start since beginning the 1991 season at 28-0. Troy's 6-0 MPSF mark is its best league start since 2011, when it also won its first 6 MPSF matches.
CSUN fell to 4-5 overall and 2-3 in MPSF play.
In a ceremony after the match, the jerseys of former USC National Players of the Year Tom Duke (1988) and Bryan Ivie (1990, 1991) were retired. Their Nos. 1 and 10 jerseys, respectively, were unveiled in the south rafters of the Galen Center, next to the previously-retired jerseys of Trojan greats Dusty Dvorak, Steve Timmons, Celso Kalache, Adam Johnson, Tim Hovland and Bob Yoder.
Joining Slaught among USC's statistical leaders in the match were Christopher Orenic, who had 9 kills (hitting .438) and a match-high 8 digs, Josh Kirchner (8 kills, .467), Andy Benesh (7 kills, .750, 3 blocks) and Micah Christenson (3 aces).
For CSUN, Sam Holt had 10 kills and Damani Lenore added 6 kills.
The Trojans hit .543 in the match to the Matadors' .224. USC also had more blocks (6.0 to 3.0), aces (6 to 2) and digs (24 to 16).
USC used a 6-0 run in the first set to build an 11-7 lead and was never threatened while hitting .500. The Trojans got off to another quick start in the second set, going up 4-1 and never looking back while hitting .524. A 3-0 run in the third set gave USC a 13-11 lead, a cushion it steadily extended.
USC next travels to No. 6 Hawaii for a pair of MPSF matches on Feb. 4 and 6.