USC Men's Volleyball Upsets No. 1 Stanford On Road
Feb. 25, 2012
Tony Ciarelli had 28 kills and 11 digs to lead the No. 6-ranked USC men's volleyball team to a thrilling 21-25, 25-18, 25-27, 25-16, 15-13 upset victory over top-ranked Stanford in a Mountain Pacific Sports Federation match in Palo Alto on Saturday (Feb. 25).
Troy improved to 9-4 overall and 7-4 in the MPSF, while the Cardinal fell to 12-3 overall and 9-2 in the MPSF.
Ciarelli hit .451. Teammate Tanner Jansen, who came off the bench after missing the past 2 weeks with an ankle sprain, had 12 kills while hitting .556 and he added 7 digs and 6 blocks. Steven Shandrick had 11 kills (hitting .364) and 4 blocks, Maddison McKibbin had 10 kills, 9 digs and 4 blocks, Robert Feathers had 10 blocks and Henry Cassiday had 11 digs.
For Stanford, Brad Lawson had 24 kills while hitting .367, Brian Cook added 15 kills and 14 digs and Steven Irvin had 11 kills and 9 digs. USC hit .389 to Stanford's .264 and the Trojans had more blocks (15.5 to 6.0) and digs (49 to 41).
The first set was tied at 11-11 before Stanford scored 3 unanswered points, a cushion it held onto the rest of the set. USC overcame an 8-3 deficit in the second set by scoring 5 consecutive points to build a 14-12 lead and steadily pulled away while hitting .391. The Trojans couldn't hold a 24-22 lead in the third set, as the Cardinal scored 5 of the set's final 6 points. USC used a 4-0 run to go up 8-4 in the fourth set and built upon that margin the rest of the set while hitting .448. The fifth set was tied at 12-12 before a pair of Stanford hitting errors gave USC all the edge it needed, with Ciarelli getting the final point as the Trojans hit .545.
USC now returns home for a pair of MPSF matches in the Galen Center against Hawaii on March 2 at 7 p.m. and March 4 at 1 p.m. The jerseys of former USC greats Steve Timmons and Adam Johnson will be retired at the conclusion of the March 2 match.