Men's Volleyball
    No. 2 USC Men's Volleyball Sweeps George Mason

    J.B. Green

    March 23, 2012

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    Tony Ciarelli had a match-high 13 kills to lead the No. 2-ranked USC men's volleyball team to a 25-18, 25-16, 25-21 sweep over George Mason in a non-conference match on Friday (March 23) in front of a noisy crowd of 400 in USC's North Gym.

    USC won its 11th consecutive match to improve to 16-4 overall, while the Patriots fell to 7-12. Troy has won all 7 matches it has ever played against George Mason.

    It was the first time since 2006 that the Trojans had played a match in the quaint, cramped North Gym. The North Gym was the original home of USC men's volleyball, as the team played there from its start in 1970 through 1988 and then at times from 1997 to 2006 before moving into the new Galen Center. A previously-contracted event in the Galen Center has displaced the Trojans for 3 home matches in late March, including next week's 7 p.m. Mountain Pacific Sports Federation contests against No. 11 Pacific on March 30 and No. 5 Stanford on March 31.

    Against George Mason, USC hit .273 while the Patriots managed to hit just .014. The Trojans recorded 10.5 blocks and served a season-high 10 aces.

    Tanner Jansen had 9 kills while hitting .467 and added 4 blocks and 3 aces for USC. The Trojans rested 2 starters, outside hitter Maddison McKibbin and libero Henry Cassiday.

    Michael Kvidahl led George Mason with 7 kills, while Mark Jones added 7 kills.

    USC jumped out to a 5-2 lead in the first set and then pulled away in the middle of the set by scoring 6 out of 7 points to go up 18-11. The Trojans forged a quick 6-1 edge in the second set and were never threatened while hitting .409 and serving 7 aces. USC led just 16-15 in the third set before going on a 5-0 run to gain control of that set.

    Before the match, USC head coach Bill Ferguson was presented with a commemorative volleyball by Trojan athletic director Pat Haden in recognition of his 100th career victory, which came in USC's previous match on March 16 at UC Santa Barbara.

    USC is off until the March 30 match versus Pacific.