No. 4 Pepperdine Men's Volleyball Beats USC
Feb. 1, 2013
Josh Taylor had 16 kills and Maurice Torres added 15 kills, 9 digs and 3 aces to lead the No. 4-ranked Pepperdine men's volleyball team to a 25-23, 25-18, 27-25, 25-22 win over No. 8 USC in a Mountain Pacific Sports Federation match in Malibu on Friday (Feb. 1).
Pepperdine upped its overall and MPSF records to 4-4, while the Trojans dropped to 2-3 overall and in the MPSF. It was just the Waves' second win over USC in the past 8 meetings and it snapped a 3-match USC win streak over Pepperdine.
Although USC held a decided blocking edge (16.0 to 6.0), the Waves outhit Troy (.255 to .208) and had more aces (8 to 5) and digs (28 to 22).
Parker Kalmbach added 8 kills while hitting .571 for Pepperdine and Nikola Antonijevic added 7 kills while hitting .600.
Pepperdine broke a 6-6 tie in the first set by going on a 6-0 run, but USC caught up finally at 23-23 before a Torres kill and an ace by Antonijevic ended the set. The Waves scored 3 unanswered points early to open up an 8-5 margin and then steadily pulled away while serving 4 aces and hitting .450. The third set was tight throughout until a Jansen kill followed by a combo block by Christenson and Lam gave USC the set (the Trojans had 5 blocks in the set and hit .308). The final set was one of runs, with USC scoring 7 of 9 early points to build a 12-7 edge before Pepperdine scored 11 of the match's final 15 points for the victory.
USC remains on the road for its next matches, first visiting No. 9 Cal State Northridge on Wednesday (Feb. 6) and then going to No. 7 Long Beach State on Friday (Feb. 8). Both MPSF matches start at 7 p.m.