Bill Ferguson Gets 100th Career Win As No. 3 USC Men's Volleyball Sweeps UC Santa Barbara
March 16, 2012
USC men's volleyball head coach Bill Ferguson collected his 100th career victory as his No. 3-ranked Trojans swept No. 14 UC Santa Barbara on the road, 25-17, 25-14, 25-22, in a Mountain Pacific Sports Federation match on Friday (March 16).
Ferguson, who has guided the Trojans to the NCAA Final Four in 2 of the past 3 seasons, now sports a 100-62 career mark in his 6 years at USC.
USC won its 10th consecutive match to improve to 15-4 overall and 12-4 in the MPSF. UC Santa Barbara lost its sixth match in a row to fall to 5-15 overall and 3-13 in the MPSF.
USC hit .379 in the match to the Gauchos' .117. Troy had more blocks (9.0 to 3.0), digs (20 to 14) and aces (7 to 3).
Tony Ciarelli had a match-best 10 kills while hitting .412 to lead USC, while Steven Mochalski added 9 kills, Steven Shandrick had 8 kills (hitting .889) and 4 blocks and Maddison McKibbin had 8 kills and 3 aces.
Matt Marsh led UCSB with 11 kills.
USC used a 3-point run in the first set to open up a 10-7 lead and the Gauchos couldn't catch up. The Trojans got off to a quick 4-1 lead in the second set and easily pulled away while hitting .714. The third set was tied at 20-20 before a Shandrick kill followed by a Mochalski block gave USC all the cushion it needed to close out the match.
USC next hosts non-conference foe George Mason next Friday (March 23) for a 7 p.m. match that will be held in the North Gym, the Trojans' original volleyball home before moving to the Galen Center.