Men's Volleyball
    USC Men's Volleyball Concludes Trying 2013 Season With 3-0 Loss At UCLA
    Micah Christenson
    Micah Christenson

    April 12, 2013

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    The USC men's volleyball team concluded its trying 2013 season with a 25-16, 25-18, 25-15 loss at No. 3 UCLA in a Mountain Pacific Sports Federation match on Friday (April 12).

    The young Trojans, with 18 underclassmen on their 23-man roster, finished at 6-18 overall and in the MPSF (for 11th place). It was the fewest overall wins for Troy, which has been in three of the last four NCAA Final Fours, since 2004. Six USC players missed all or a significant part of the 2013 season because of injuries, including four who were starters.

    UCLA, headed next to the MPSF Tournament as the No. 4 seed, improved to 20-10 overall and 16-8 in the MPSF for a fourth place finish.

    The Bruins outhit USC, .432 to .105, and had more blocks (8.5 to 2.0) and aces (5 to 1).

    Micah Christenson, USC's setter the past two years, started at outside hitter and led the Trojans with 11 kills. Cristian Rivera added 9 kills

    For UCLA, Dane Worley, Robart Page and Trent Kersten each had 8 kills, while Gonzalo Quiroga had 7 kills. Kersten hit .889 and had 4 blocks, Worley was at .500 with 6 digs, Page hit .438 and Quiroga had 3 aces.

    UCLA jumped out to a quick 4-1 lead in the first set and USC could never catch up as the Bruins steadily pulled away while hitting .619 to Troy's .167. The second set mirrored the first, with UCLA going up 4-1 and USC was unable to come back as the Bruins posted 4.5 blocks. The Bruins forged a 5-3 margin in the third set and continued to build on it for the victory while hitting .500.

    USC returns its entire roster in 2014 except for setter Chris Trefzger and libero J.B. Green, who have mainly served as backups in their careers.