UC San Diego Men's Volleyball Beats USC In 5 Sets
March 16, 2013
Carl Eberts had 17 kills and Greg Smith added 13 kills to lead the UC San Diego men's volleyball team to a hard-fought 23-25, 25-23, 22-25, 25-20, 15-12 comeback victory over No. 14 USC in a Mountain Pacific Sports Federation match on Saturday (March 16) in USC's Lyon Center.
The Tritons, who snapped an 8-match losing streak to USC, improved to 7-16 overall and 4-14 in the MPSF. The Trojans fell to 4-13 overall and in the MPSF. USC is 0-4 in 5-set matches in 2013, all within the past 5 contests.
The match was played in the Lyon Center, USC's former home court before moving into the Galen Center in 2007, because of a prior booking in the Galen Center.
UCSD had 20.0 blocks and 7 aces, while Troy had 13.0 blocks and 1 ace. Neither team hit for a high percentage, with the Tritons at .205 and the Trojans at .203.
Vaun Lennon added 9 kills for UCSD, Cheyne Hayes had 11 blocks, Fred Stahl had 8 blocks and Chase Frishman had 11 digs.
In the first set, USC opened up a commanding 14-9 lead with a 5-0 run and then extended it to 19-13, but UC San Diego fought back with its own 5-0 run to eventually knot it at 20-20 before a Triton serving error followed by consecutive hitting errors gave USC the cushion it needed to win the set (Troy hit .385 in the set and survived 4 UCSD serving aces). The second set was tight throughout, with neither team gaining more than a 3-point advantage until, at 21-21, a UCSD kill and successive blocks gave the Tritons all the margin they needed. USC jumped ahead 8-6 in the third set and never surrendered the lead. The Trojans fell behind 4-1 in the fourth set and, although they later tied it several times (lastly at 17-17), they could never overcome the Tritons, who hit .370 in the set. The final set remained tight until UCSD scored 5 unanswered points to forge a 13-9 lead and soon after closed out the match.
USC remains at home for its next match, a 7 p.m. MPSF contest in the Lyon Center against No. 4 Pepperdine on Thursday (March 21) of Spring Break week.