Ciarelli Serves MPSF Record 11 Aces As USC Beats Long Beach State
April 12, 2012
Tony Ciarelli served an MPSF and USC all-era match-record 11 aces to help the top-ranked USC men's volleyball team claim its 16th consecutive victory with a 25-17, 28-26, 25-19 win at No. 8 Long Beach State in a Mountain Pacific Sports Federation match on Thursday (April 12).
USC improved to 21-4 overall and 17-4 in the MPSF. If the Trojans win their regular-season finale on Saturday (April 14) at No. 11 Cal State Northridge, they will win the MPSF championship and be the top seed in next week's MPSF Tournament. Long Beach State dropped to 14-14 overall and 9-12 in the MPSF.
Ciarelli broke the MPSF single match ace mark of 10 held by UCLA's Adam Naeve against Pepperdine in 2001, the first year of rally scoring (the sideout scoring league record was 8), and also the USC record of 8, which he had shared with Beau Rawi (Ciarelli did it in 2010 versus Ohio State and Rawi did it in 2001 against UC Irvine).
Ciarelli also owns USC's rally scoring era records for aces in a career (157) and season (52) and is approaching the school's all-era standards (Donald Suxho had 164 aces in his career from 1997 to 2000 and served 63 aces in 1999).
USC's 16-match winning streak is its longest since a school-record 30 in a row in 1990-91. It also was Troy's 13th MPSF victory in a row, its longest streak since capturing 18 straight league matches in 1991-92.
For Long Beach State, Taylor Crabb had 9 kills and Srdjan Nadazdin had 8 kills.
USC hit just .243, but limited the 49ers to .130. The Trojans had 23 digs to LBSU's 15.
Troy jumped out to a 5-0 lead in the first set and the 49ers could never catch up as USC hit .500. The Trojans had an 18-10 margin in the second set, but LBSU knotted it at 23-23 and USC needed a Jansen kill followed by a Shandrick ace to close out the set. USC trailed 7-4 in the third set, but soon after used a 6-0 run to go up 18-13 and never relinquished the lead.