No. 7 BYU Men's Volleyball Bounces Back To Beat No. 2 USC|
Feb. 13, 2015
A night after losing a 5-set match in which it surrendered a 2-set lead, the No. 7-ranked BYU men's volleyball team--behind Jake Langlois' 15 kills and Matt Underwood's 14--bounced back to beat No. 2 USC, 25-20, 25-19, 23-25, 25-19, on Friday (Feb. 13) in USC's Galen Center, moving the Cougars back into a tie for first place with the Trojans in the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation.
BYU improved to 9-3 overall and 8-2 in the MPSF. USC, also 8-2 in league play, is now 9-2 overall.
Langlois and Underwood each had 6 blocks for the Cougars and Michael Hatch had 7 blocks. BYU had 15.5 blocks in the match a night after getting 20.5. Joseu Rivera added 9 kills while hitting .421 for BYU, while Robbie Sutton had 13 digs and Jaylen Reyes had 11 digs.
USC hit just .149 in the match (BYU was at .239) and had 8.0 blocks, but the Trojans had just 2 aces after serving 11 the previous night.
BYU scored consecutive points to build a 12-10 lead in the first set and slowly gained more separation while hitting .345 and getting .4.5 blocks. It was more of the same in the second set for the Cougars, who used a 3-0 run to go up 8-5 and never looked back while adding 6 more blocks. USC turned it around in the third set, jumping out to a 9-2 lead and holding off a late-charging Cougar squad, who tied it at 23-23 before consecutive kills by Slaught ended the set. USC scored 5 out of 6 points to go up 13-12 in the fourth set, but the Cougars then scored the next 6 points to go up 18-13 and built all the lead they needed to close out the match in front of 1,500 fans.
USC next travels to No. 8 UC Santa Barbara for an MPSF match on Wednesday (Feb. 18) at 7 p.m.