Men's Volleyball
    UC San Diego Men's Volleyball Beats USC In 5 Sets
    Bill Ferguson (right) with Henry Cassiday
    Bill Ferguson (right) with Henry Cassiday

    March 16, 2013

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    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.

    For USC, Cristian Rivera had 14 kills, while Alex Slaught and Joey Booth each had 11 kills. Micah Christenson had 12 digs and Robert Feathers had 5 blocks.

    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.