No. 9 USC Men's Volleyball Wins At No. 7 UCLA
March 15, 2014
Lucas Yoder had a match-high 20 kills while hitting .410 to lead the No. 9-ranked USC men's volleyball team to a 25-20, 19-25, 25-17, 25-23 win at No. 7 UCLA in a Mountain Pacific Sports Federation match on Saturday (March 15) at UCLA's Pauley Pavilion.
USC improved to 12-8 overall and 11-8 in the MPSF, while the Bruins dropped to 14-8 overall and 11-7 in the MPSF. The victory gave USC head coach Bill Ferguson an 11-6 all-time record against the Trojans' crosstown rival.
Maddison McKibbin added 12 kills, 8 digs and 3 blocks for the Trojans, while Tanner Jansen had 10 kills and 8 digs and Micah Christenson had 10 digs and 3 aces and Henry Cassiday had a match-leading 12 digs.
For UCLA, Gonzalo Quiroga had 15 kills, 11 digs and 2 aces and Jackson Bantle added 12 kills and 11 digs.
USC hit .311 in the match to UCLA's .254. The Trojans served 6 aces.
USC used a 4-0 run, with a pair of aces by Christenson, to open up a 12-8 lead in the first set and maintained a comfortable margin the rest of the way while hitting .483. UCLA got a quick 5-3 lead in the second set, extended it to 10-6 and held off the Trojans, who closed to within 16-15 but could never get the lead. In the third set, USC scored back-to-back points to take a 9-8 lead and steadily built on it while hitting .407. The Trojans forged an 8-5 lead in the fourth set and built it to 16-11, then held off a late Bruin charge.
USC next returns home for a pair of 7 p.m. MPSF matches that will be played in the North Gym in the Physical Education Building, the original home of Trojan volleyball in the 1970s and 1980s. Troy hosts Cal State Northridge there on March 21 and then Long Beach State on March 22.