Unranked USC Upsets No. 6 Matadors In Three Games
Feb. 11, 2004
NORTHRIDGE, Calif. - Blake Tippett and Pedro Leal had a match-high 17 kills apiece to lead unranked USC to a three-game sweep (30-27, 30-27, 30-28) of sixth-ranked Cal State Northridge Wednesday in the Matadome.
With the win, the Trojans improves to 3-10 overall and 2-5 in the MPSF, while the Matadors drop to 8-5 overall and 4-4 in conference play.
In a match that saw CSUN actually score more points than USC, 60.5 to 59.0, the Trojans took advantage of 12 Matador service errors, three receiving errors and two assist errors to claim the victory. Leal hit .467 (17-3-30) and Tippett hit .273 and Joao Grangeiro added 10 kills while hitting .444. As a team, USC hit .320 to .277 for the Matadors.
For Northridge, Scott Arneson had a team-high 16 kills and hit .423, while Brian Waite was the only other Matador to reach double figures with 14 kills. Arneson had 12 kills in game one, but was held to four kills in game two and did not play in game three. Dan Rhodes came on in game three and had four kills, but hit just .200. Ty Tramblie had a team-high 28 assists and Doug English recorded a match-high nine digs.
In game one, the Matadors led 5-2 after an Arneson kill, but saw the Trojans score five of the next six points to go up 7-6. The game would be tied seven times, the last at 21-21, before USC took advantage of a Tippett kill and a pair of Arneson hitting errors to open up a 24-21 lead. Arneson's kill got CSUN back within 26-25 but the Matadors could get no closer and dropped the game 30-27. In game two, the Matadors led 3-2 and would never lead again in the game. Despite tying the score three times , the last at 13-13, CSUN could never take a lead and Trojans ultimately led by as many as three at 20-17. The Matadors would close to one a pair of times, but USC held on to win 30-27. Game three was another see-saw affair as the teams would not be separated by more than one point until the Trojans took a 12-10 lead on a Cary Hanson service error. Hanson came back with a kill to give CSUN its largest lead at 18-16, before the Trojans won three straight points on a Tippett kill, a Rhodes error and a Grangeiro ace to take a 19-18 lead. Then with the score knotted 27-27, an assist error charged to Hanson followed by a Grangeiro ace put the Trojans on the verge of the sweep. Waite's kill got CSUN within 29-28, but Leal killed a ball giving the Trojans the 3-0 win.
Cal State Northridge continues its 11-match homestand this Friday, Feb. 13 as the Matadors host No. 4 Pepperdine in the Matadome at 7 p.m.