No. 2 USC Men's Volleyball Rebounds With 5-Set Win At No. 6 Hawaii|
Feb. 7, 2015
Christopher Orenic had 17 kills, 8 digs and 3 aces and Micah Christenson added 17 digs, 8 blocks and 5 aces to lead the No. 2-ranked USC men's volleyball team to a wild 30-28, 17-25, 18-25, 25-18, 20-18 bounceback win at No. 6 Hawaii in a Mountain Pacific Sports Federation match on Friday (Feb. 6) in Honolulu, Hi., giving the Trojans a split in their back-to-back five-set road matches against the Rainbow Warriors.
USC improved to 8-1 overall and 7-1 in the MPSF, while Hawaii fell to 7-3 and 4-2. Troy rebounded from Wednesday's (Feb. 4) wild five-set loss in which the Rainbow Warriors overcame an early two-set deficit by capturing the match's last three sets (also a 20-18 fifth set) to pin the first loss of 2015 on the Trojans. Four of the five sets on Wednesday were decided by two points, including two that went overtime.
This time, USC was two points from losing in the fifth set before staging a dramatic comeback.
In addition to Orenic and Christenson, Alex Slaught added 10 kills for USC, while teammate Cristian Rivera came off the bench to get 9 kills, Brooks Varni had 10 digs and Robert Feathers had 6 kills (hitting .364) and 6 blocks.
For Hawaii, Brook Sedore had 20 kills (hitting .357), 6 blocks and 4 aces, Scott Hartley had 12 kills and 3 aces, Taylor Averill had 12 kills (hitting .375) and 6 blocks and Kolby Kanetake had 18 digs.
USC hit just. 215, but had 12.5 blocks, 48 digs and 9 aces. UH hit .254 with 15.5 blocks, 43 digs and 9 aces.
USC went on a 6-0 run late in the first set to build a 22-18 lead, but Hawaii staved off three set points at 24-21 and caught up at 24-24, and it took an Orenic kill followed by a Christenson ace to end the extended set (the Trojans hit .379 to Hawaii's .345 in the set, while the Rainbow Warriors had 4.5 blocks and Christenson served 3 of Troy's 6 aces). USC quickly fell behind 4-1 in the second set and Hawaii continued to pull away, extending the lead to 21-11 before the Trojans scored 5 in a row to make it 21-16 but Troy could get no closer (UH had 3 aces in the set). It was more of the same for Hawaii in the third set, as it got out to a 5-1 edge and steadily upped its lead while hitting .355. USC turned the tide in the fourth set, jumping out to a 5-1 lead and increasing it to 11-5 and then 19-11 before Hawaii inched back to within 22-18, but the Rainbow Warriors could get no closer. In the final set, Hawaii used a 3-0 run to go up 9-5 and the Rainbow Warriors held a 13-10 lead before USC scored 4 consecutive points to go ahead 14-13 and then the Trojans served 6 match points before Slaught's kill ended the nearly 3-hour match in front of 4,415 fans (USC hit .480 in the set).
USC next returns home to host No. 7 BYU in a pair of MPSF matches on Thursday (Feb. 12) and Friday (Feb. 13) at 7 p.m. in the Galen Center.