USC Men's Volleyball Falls At No. 7 Cal Baptist In 5 Sets
March 28, 2013
For the fifth time in the past seven matches, the USC men's volleyball team lost a five-set match, this time at No. 7 Cal Baptist, 25-20, 23-25, 25-19, 23-25, 15-10, in a Mountain Pacific Sports Federation match on Thursday (March 28).
The Lancers improved to 13-12 overall and 9-10 in the MPSF, while the Trojans dropped to 5-14 overall and in the MPSF.
CBU outhit USC, .316 to .218, and had more digs (42 to 30).
For CBU, Levi Cabral had 20 kills and 13 digs, Aaron McCalmont also had 20 kills (hitting .643), Guilherme Koepp had 15 kills and Michael Cate had 13 digs.
USC kept fighting back in the first set, but a 3-0 Lancer run gave CBU an 18-15 lead that Troy could not overcome. The second set was tight throughout until a CBU serving error following by a hitting error gave USC the set. The third set was tied at 13-13 when Cal Baptist scored back-to-back points and the Trojans could never catch up. USC returned the favor in the fourth set, using consecutive points to open a 23-21 edge that held CBU at bay. An early 2-0 run in the final set gave CBU a 6-4 lead and the Trojans were never able to come back.
USC next travels to No. 1 BYU on Saturday (March 30) at 8 p.m. MT for an MPSF contest that will be aired live on BYU-TV.