Cal State Northridge Men's Volleyball Beats USC|
Feb. 6, 2013
Tanner Jansen's career-high 24 kills were not enough to prevent No. 10 Cal State Northridge from posting a 25-17, 18-25, 25-21, 25-22 win over No. 8 USC in the Matadome in a Mountain Pacific Sports Federation match on Wednesday (Feb. 6).
The Matadors improved to 5-4 overall and 3-4 in the MPSF, while the Trojans fell to 2-4 overall and in the MPSF. It snapped CSUN's 5-match losing skid to the Trojans.
For CSUN, John Baker had 22 kills while hitting .543 and had 3 aces, and Brandon Lebrock had 18 kills while hitting .571.
Both teams hit well, with the Matadors at .471 and USC at .324.
Three-point runs were the difference in the first 3 sets. CSUN turned an 8-8 tie in the first set into an 11-8 lead and never gave up the lead as it hit .611. USC scored 3 straight points to go up 8-5 in the second set and was not threatened the rest of the way while hitting .550. The Matadors' 3-point run gave it an 18-15 margin in the third set and it never surrendered the lead as both teams hit for a high percentage (CSUN's .565 to USC's .452). In the final set, USC was up 12-9 before CSUN tied it at 14-14 and then scored back-to-back points to forge a 17-15 edge, all the margin it needed while hitting .481.
USC next plays at No. 3 Long Beach State on Friday (Feb. 8) for a 7 p.m. MPSF match.