Men's Volleyball
    USC Men's Volleyball Storms Back To Beat Hawaii
    Riley McKibbin (left) and Steven Shandrick
    Riley McKibbin (left) and Steven Shandrick

    March 8, 2010

    Box Score

    The No. 7 USC men's volleyball team--paced by 16 kills from both Murphy Troy and Tony Ciarelli and 8 blocks from Hunter Current--rallied back from a humbling first set loss to defeat No. 5 Hawaii, 16-30, 30-22, 30-19, 30-23, in a Mountain Pacific Sports Federation match on Monday (March 8) at USC's Galen Center.

    USC improved to 10-6 overall and 8-5 in the MPSF, while Hawaii fell to 11-7 overall and 7-6 in the MPSF.

    After the Warriors came out on fire in the first set by hitting .407, they cooled off dramatically the rest of the match and never hit above .175 in the remaining sets. It was just the opposite for USC, which hit just .081 in the opening set, then was above .350 in each of the final sets (including at .654 in the third set).

    Overall, the Trojans hit .357 to Hawaii's .193 and recorded 14.5 blocks to the Warriors' 7.5. USC also had more aces (5 to 3) and digs (46 to 40).

    Ciarelli, who hit .438, had a match-best 12 digs and 3 aces along with 4 blocks. Troy hit .333 and also had 4 blocks plus 8 digs. Steven Shandrick had 10 kills while hitting .562 (with just 1 error on 16 swings) and added 5 blocks. Andrew Pizula had a match-high 11 digs. The McKibbin brothers-junior Riley and freshman Maddison, who both prepped at Honolulu's Punahou High-also made key contributions, with Riley dishing 52 assists along with his 10 digs and 4 blocks, while Maddison had 11 kills.

    Hawaii had 3 players in double figures in kills: Joshua Walker (19), Jonas Umlauft (16) and Matt Rawson (11). Ric Cervantes had 8 digs and Steven Hunt added 7 digs.

    The Warriors never trailed in the first set and used a 5-0 run with Walker serving (he had 2 aces in that stretch) to open a 24-14 lead that held up. But the momentum turned in the second set as USC steadily built an 18-10 margin and was never threatened the rest of the match. The Trojans started out with a 2-0 lead in the third set and expanded it to 10-6 and then to a comfortable 15-9, getting 5 blocks in that set as Hawaii managed just 4 digs. USC got out to a 6-0 edge in the final set and Hawaii could not recover.



    The teams meet again on Tuesday (March 9) at 7 p.m. in the Galen Center in another MPSF contest.