USC Men's Volleyball Sweeps No. 10 Cal State Northridge
April 6, 2013
Sparked by the presence in the lineup of graduating seniors Chris Trefzger and J.B. Green, who got rare starts on Senior Night, the unranked USC men's volleyball team posted an upset sweep over No. 10 Cal State Northridge, 25-23, 25-22, 25-19, in a Mountain Pacific Sports Federation match on Saturday (April 6) at USC's Galen Center.
USC, playing its 2013 home finale, improved to 6-16 overall and in the MPSF. The Matadors, who are fighting for the final berth in the upcoming MPSF Tournament, fell to 11-13 overall and 9-13 in the MPSF.
Trefzger, a setter starting for just the second time in his career, dished 37 assists and made 7 digs. Green, in just his fifth career start, had 2 digs as Troy's libero.
Cristian Rivera had a match-best 18 kills while hitting .500 for the Trojans. Teammate Joey Booth added 13 kills (hitting .348) along with 6 digs, while Alex Slaught had 12 digs (hitting .625) and Josh Kirchner had 4 blocks.
For CSUN, John Baker and Brandon Lebrock each had 13 kills. Baker hit .435 and added 6 digs, while Lebrock had 3 blocks.
USC hit .418 to CSUN's .256. The Matadors had 6.5 blocks, while Troy had 5.0.
The first set was tight throughout until a Booth kill followed by a Matador hitting error gave USC a 24-22 lead, all the margin it needed to close out a set in which it hit .516 behind Rivera's 10 kills. The Trojans got off to a 4-1 start in the second set and maintained control throughout. USC used a 5-0 run, aided by a pair of solo blocks by Kirchner, to forge a 10-5 cushion in the final set and the Trojans were never threatened while hitting .476.
USC closes out its 2013 season on the road next week with a pair of MPSF matches, visiting No. 7 UC Santa Barbara on Wednesday (April 10) at 7 p.m. and then finishing at No. 3 UCLA on Friday (April 12) at 7:30 p.m. in a contest that will be shown live on Pac-12 Networks.