Men's Volleyball
    USC Men's Volleyball's Season Ends At UC Irvine
    Jimmy Killian
    Jimmy Killian

    April 16, 2008

    Final Stats

    The 2008 season came to an abrupt end for the No. 11-ranked USC men's volleyball team as the Trojans fell in 5 games at No. 8 UC Irvine, 24-30, 30-26, 21-30, 30-25, 15-9, in the play-in match of the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation tournament on Wednesday (April 16).

    USC finished with a 13-16 overall record, its most wins since 2001 (USC's 10 MPSF victories also were its most since 2001). The Trojans were making their first back-to-back MPSF tourney appearances since doing so from 1999 to 2001.

    UCI--seeded seventh in the tournament to USC's No. 8 seed--upped its 2008 record to 16-14 and now travels to play No. 3-ranked BYU, the tourney's second seed, on Saturday (April 19) in a quarterfinal match.

    The Trojans held a 2-1 edge in games and they were leading 15-12 in the fourth game before the Anteaters scored 5 consecutive points to turn the match around. USC could never catch up after that (UCI hit .667 in that game). UCI's momentum carried into the fifth game, as the Anteaters opened up a quick 2-0 margin on a Trojan hitting error and then a combo block, and they soon extended the lead to 4-1 and then 6-2 to doom USC's hopes (UCI hit at a .750 clip in that game).

    USC started the match well by hitting at least .350 in each of the first 3 games. In the opening game, USC scored 4 unanswered points to forge a 14-10 lead and was never threatened. UCI bounced back in the second game while hitting .514, breaking an 18-18 tie by scoring 2 in a row and holding on. USC took control of the third game with a 3-point run on a pair of kills by Murphy Troy and then an Anteater ballhandling error to go up 19-16. The Trojans never relinquished the lead in that game while hitting .367 to UCI's .086.

    Juan Figueroa, a senior playing his last match for the Trojans, had a match-high 22 kills, plus 8 digs and 5 blocks. Two other seniors saw their final action in a cardinal and gold uniform: Jimmy Killian recorded 63 assists and 8 blocks, while Andrew Vernon hit .667 with 12 kills, plus 5 blocks. Troy, just a freshman, added 16 kills, 4 digs and 4 blocks for USC, Tri Bourne had 11 kills (hitting .333) with a match-best 15 digs, Hunter Current had 8 kills (hitting .538) with 8 blocks and Luke Morris had 12 digs.



    For UCI, Cory Yoder--the son of former USC All-American and head coach Bob Yoder--had 17 kills (hitting .517) with 8 digs, while Cole Reinholm (12 kills) and Taylor Wilson (10 kills, 4 aces) came off the bench to make key contributions. Aaron Harrell added 7 kills (hitting .455) and 9 blocks for the Anteaters, while Anthony Spittle had 61 assists and 10 digs.