USC Men's Volleyball Falls At Top-Ranked UCI
March 16, 2006
Irvine, Calif. - The No. 1 ranked UC Irvine men's volleyball team defeated USC (30-22, 30-26, 30-23) in a Mountain Pacific Sports Federation match at Crawford Court Thursday.
With the win, UCI improves to 20-3 overall, tying the 2003 mark for most wins in a season. The team also goes to 13-3 in the MPSF, setting a new school mark for league wins in a season. It is the 14th consecutive win for the Anteaters, the nation's best streak. 12th-ranked USC falls to 10-13 on the year and 6-11 in conference action.
Matt Webber tallied 22 kills and six digs to lead the Anteaters. Jayson Jablonsky added 15 kills, hitting .500 (15-2-26) and had 10 digs in the win. Middle blockers David Smith and Aaron Harrell each recorded seven kills with Harrell hitting .545 (7-1-11) on the night. Libero Brent Asuka had a match-high 16 digs, extending his double-digit dig streak to eight. Setter Brian Thornton recorded 52 assists, an ace and two blocks while guiding UCI to a .407 team hitting percentage.
Juan Figueroa led the Trojans with 18 kills followed by Joao Grangeiro with 11 kills. Jimmy Killian added 35 assists and seven digs in the loss. Libero Luke Morris led the team with 10 digs. USC dominated the net, outblocking UCI 11-3.5.
UCI led 18-16 in game one before a Jayson Jablonsky kill was followed by three consecutive Matt Webber kills to extend the lead to 22-16. The Anteaters would go on to take the set 30-22.
In game two, the score was tied 10-10 when UCI went on a 10-5 run to take a 20-15 lead. UCI pulled away 27-21 before the Trojans went on a 5-2 spurt to close within 29-26. USC's Jimmy Killian served into the net to end the game, 30-26 for the Anteaters.
After taking a 10-7 advantage on a Paul Spittle service ace, UCI never looked back taking game three 30-23 and the match 3-0.
Next, top-ranked UCI will take on No. 4 Pepperdine Saturday (Mar. 18) in the Bren Events Center at 7:00 p.m.