Men's Volleyball Defeats Pacific|
Feb. 27, 1998
LOS ANGELES, Calif -- Senior middle blocker Szilard Kovacs had 15 kills to lead five players who reached double-figure kills for the USC men's volleyball team in a 10-15, 15-10, 15-5, 15-10 victory over Pacific in a Mountain Pacific Sports Federation contest on Friday night in the North Gym.
USC (5-9 overall, 3-8 in the MPSF) has won its last three matches, its longest winning streak of the year. Pacific falls to 5-8, 2-7.
The Trojans had a balanced attack, as in addition to Kovacs, freshman outside hitter Trevor Julian had 14 kills, freshman outside hitter Eli Fairfield had 12 kills, freshman outside hitter Ryan Thurlow had 11 kills and junior middle blocker Omar Rawi had 10 kills. USC hit .301 as a team.
The Tigers, who hit .220 overall, were led by sophomore outside hitter Dylan Herrick's match-high 17 kills.
USC had early leads in each of the four games. In game one, the Trojans broke out to a 4-0 lead and were ahead 10- 9 before the Tigers scored the game's final six points.
The Trojans made the rest of their early leads pay off, however. They led 6-1 in game two, 8-2 in game three and 4-1 in game four and went on to win each of them.
Pacific came close to sending the match to a game five, tying the score at 10-10 in game four following a 5-0 run, but the Trojans came back with a 5-0 run of their own to end the match.
USC hosts Stanford on Saturday (Feb. 28) at 7 p.m. at the North Gym.