No. 1 BYU Men's Volleyball Sweeps USC|
March 30, 2013
Taylor Sander had 17 kills while hitting a blazing .762 and Ben Patch added 10 kills and 5 blocks to lead the top-ranked BYU men's volleyball team to a 25-14, 25-15, 26-24 victory over USC in a Mountain Pacific Sports Federation match on Saturday (March 30) in Provo, Utah.
BYU improved to 19-3 overall and 18-2 in the MPSF, clinching the top seed in the upcoming MPSF Tournament. USC fell to 5-15 overall and in the MPSF.
For BYU, Josue Rivera served 4 aces and Michael Hatch had 5 blocks.
BYU hit .545 to USC's .171 and had more blocks (9.5 to 2.0) and digs (24 to 13).
The Cougars used a 2-0 run in the first set to open an 8-6 lead and then scored 8 consecutive points to go up 21-11. BYU started off with a 4-0 lead in the second set and USC could never recover. In the third set, Troy led 22-20 before the Cougars scored the next four points, but USC tied it at 24-24 only to see a Patch kill and a Trojan hitting error end the match.
USC now returns to the Galen Center for its final home matches of 2013, hosting Long Beach State on April 4 in a match that will be televised live by Pac-12 Networks and then Cal State Northridge on April 6 for Senior Night. Both MPSF matches begin at 7 p.m.