Men's Volleyball Sweeps Cal State Northridge, 3-0
CSUN no match for Trojans on this night.
Feb. 24, 1998
USC Men's Volleyball Defeats Cal State Northridge, 3-0
LOS ANGELES -- After falling behind 10-1 in the first game, the USC men's volleyball team came back strong and blitzed Cal State Northridge, 15-13, 15-2, 15-7, in a Mountain Pacific Sports Federation contest on Tuesday night in the North Gym.
USC improved to 4-9 overall and 2-8 in the MPSF, while Cal State Northridge fell to 3-9, 1-9.
Senior middle blocker Szilard Kovacs had a team-high 19 kills and hit .630 for USC, while Cal State Northridge was led by senior outside hitter Chad Strickland's 24 kills.
The Matadors broke out to leads of 10-1 and 12-3 in game one, mostly due to Trojan hitting errors. But the Trojans scored 12 of the next 13 points to win game one, and then got the first 13 points of game two -- an amazing streak that saw USC score 25 out of 26 points.
The Trojans hit .724 (22 kills, one error, 29 attacks) in their game two win.
Cal State Northridge got off to a good start in game three, taking a 4-0 lead, but the Trojans tied it at 7-7 and scored the game's final nine points to win the match.
USC hit better than Cal State Northridge, .383 to .303, and had a 15-4 blocking advantage, led by junior middle blocker Omar Rawi's nine blocks.
USC hosts Pacific on Friday (Feb. 27) at 5 p.m. and Stanford on Saturday (Feb. 28) at 7 p.m. Both matches are at the North Gym.