Men's Volleyball
    USC Men's Volleyball Falls In 5 Sets At Stanford

    Tanner Jansen

    March 3, 2013

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    Playing its first 5-set match of the year, the No. 13-ranked USC men's volleyball team dropped a hard-fought 26-28, 25-17, 18-25, 25-21, 15-10 road decision to No. 4 Stanford in a Mountain Pacific Sports Federation match on Sunday (March 3).

    USC fell to 4-9 overall and in the MPSF. The loss snapped the Trojans' 5-match winning streak over the Cardinal. Stanford, which won its 13th straight match in Maples Pavilion, upped its record to 12-6 overall and 9-6 in the MPSF.

    Stanford outhit USC, .268 to .239. Both teams served tough (Troy had 8 aces to the Cardinal's 7), but USC had 20 serving errors.

    Tanner Jansen had a match-high 23 kills for USC and he added 5 digs and 4 blocks. Teammate Cristian Rivera had 13 kills, 7 digs and 3 aces, Joey Booth had 12 kills and Henry Cassiday had 10 digs.

    For Stanford, Brian Cook had 20 kills while hitting .326 and also had 9 digs, 6 blocks and 4 aces. Steven Irvin added 12 kills and Eric Mochalski had 8 kills and 6 blocks.

    USC used a 7-0 run early in the first set to build a 10-4 lead, but Stanford slowly caught up and then went up 22-20, but the Trojans then scored 3 unanswered points and finally captured the extended set on a Jansen kill followed by a Feathers block. USC led 13-12 in the second set before the Cardinal scored 4 straight points and then steadily pulled away while hitting .360 to Troy's .038. In the third set, the Trojans built a quick 6-3 lead and kept adding to it while hitting .433. USC let a 14-10 lead in the fourth set get away as the Cardinal scored 10 of the next 11 points to go up 20-15 and it held on the rest of the way. Stanford dominated the fifth set, forging an 8-2 lead and never looking back.

    USC remains on the road as it next plays a pair of MPSF matches at No. 11 Hawaii on Friday (March 8) and Sunday (March 10).