USC Men's Volleyball Upsets No. 3 Pepperdine
March 21, 2013
Robert Feathers, Cristian Rivera and Austin Rysyk each had double figures in kills and the No. 15-ranked USC men's volleyball team served 12 aces as the Trojans upset No. 3 Pepperdine, 19-25, 25-19, 27-25, 25-18, in a Mountain Pacific Sports Federation match on Thursday (March 21) at USC's Lyon Center.
USC improved to 5-13 overall and in the MPSF, snapping a 5-match losing skid. Pepperdine dropped to 12-7 overall and 11-7 in the MPSF. It was the Trojans' seventh victory over the Waves in the past 9 meetings (and fourth in the last 5).
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.
USC's season-high 12 aces were its most in a match since getting 13 versus Ohio State in 2010. Six of those aces came in the fourth set. Micah Christenson had 5 aces in the match and Alex Slaught added 4.
Feathers, who hit .632 overall, had 13 kills, while Rivera added 11 and Rysyk had 10 while making just his fifth start of the season. Along with his ace total, Christenson had 5 blocks and 5 digs. Josh Kirchner posted 7 blocks. Henry Cassiday had 6 digs.
For Pepperdine, Maurice Torres had 21 kills while hitting .351 and he added 3 aces and 5 digs. Josh Taylor had 12 kills, 6 digs and 4 blocks, while Parker Kalmbach had 6 blocks.
USC hit .284 to the Waves' .250.
With USC leading 12-11 in the first set, Pepperdine scored 7 of the next 8 points to take an 18-13 lead and the Trojans never threatened as the Waves hit .654 in the set and served 3 aces.
USC returned the favor in the second set, scoring 8 of 9 points to forge a 15-8 lead and Troy never looked back as it got 5.0 blocks and 3 aces in the set.
The Trojans trailed 8-3 in the third set, but they caught up at 19-19 and then captured the set on back-to-back-to-back points via kills by Slaught and Feathers sandwiching a Christenson ace.
Troy used a 4-0 run in the fourth set to go up 12-9 and steadily pulled away to claim the upset.
USC next goes on the road for a pair of MPSF matches, at No. 11 Cal Baptist on March 28 and at No. 1 BYU on March 30.