No. 1 USC Men's Volleyball Sweeps Pepperdine
March 25, 2011
Exacting pay back for its only loss of 2011, Tri Bourne and Murphy Troy each had 16 kills to lead the No. 1-ranked USC men's volleyball team to a 25-17, 25-22, 28-28 sweep over No. 13 Pepperdine in a Mountain Pacific Sports Federation match on Friday (March 25) in USC's Galen Center.
USC, playing its first match after a 9-day layoff, improved to 16-1 overall and 14-1 in the MPSF. The Trojans are off to their best overall 17-match start since 1994 (also 16-1) and best MPSF 16-match start since 1991 (16-0).
It was USC's 10th straight overall victory, its longest winning streak since capturing 11 in a row in 2000, and its ninth consecutive MPSF win, its longest stretch since 1994 (also 9 in a row).
Pepperdine, which beat the Trojans in 5 sets in Malibu in early February, fell to 8-12 overall and 4-12 in the MPSF.
Bourne hit .483 and added 9 digs, while Troy hit .394. Teammate Tony Ciarelli had 8 kills, 10 digs and 4 blocks, Riley McKibbin also had 10 digs with 45 assists, Steven Shandrick hit .500 with 7 kills, Austin Zahn had a match-best 7 blocks with 6 kills and Henry Cassiday had 7 digs.
For Pepperdine, Maurice Torres had a match-high 18 kills with 8 digs, Cory Riecks added 14 kills (hitting .367) with 3 blocks, Chase Ross had 8 digs and 6 kills and Mike McMahon had 7 digs.
USC hit .382 to Pepperdine's .252. The Trojans also had more blocks (8.5 to 5.0) and digs (41 to 34).
USC got off to a 5-0 lead in the first set, extended it to 15-4 and never looked back while hitting .324 in the set (to the Waves' .111) and getting 5.5 blocks. The Trojans hit .433 and had 3 more blocks in a much-tighter second set, as USC went up 14-10 only to see Pepperdine close to 19-18 before USC regained control. The third set seesawed throughout before a Ciarelli kill followed by a Waves hitting error ended the match.
USC now takes to the road for its next 4 MPSF matches, beginning with an encounter with No. 2 Stanford on April 1 followed by a visit to No. 15 Pacific on April 2.