Men's Volleyball

    Jan. 28, 1998

    No. 16 USC Men's Volleyball Falls to Big San Diego State Comeback, 3-2

    LOS ANGELES --Freshman outside hitter Nick Marbach had two big service aces late in game five to lead the San Diego State men's volleyball team to a 12-15, 4-15, 15-9, 15-1, 15-12 comeback victory over USC in a Mountain Pacific Sports Federation match at the North Gym on Wednesday night in front of 185.

    USC fell to 7-7 overall, 1-5 NCAA and 0-4 in the MPSF and has lost its last five matches. San Diego State improves to 1-2, 1-2.

    Aztec senior outside hitter Matt Hyden led all players with 30 kills. USC got a career-high 23 kills and 13 digs from freshman outside hitter Eli Fairfield.

    USC won the first two games fairly easily. The Trojans had a 12-8 lead in game one before the Aztecs came back to tie it at 12. The Trojans then scored three quick points to end game one. San Diego State took a 3-0 lead in game two, but USC scored the next 13 points and coasted to a win.

    The Aztecs picked up their play shortly thereafter. They had leads of 4-1, 9-4 and 13-7 before winning game three, then only gave up one point in game four. The Trojans hit better than .400 in both games one and two, but were held to .239 and .032 in games three and four, respectively.

    Game five, played under rally-point scoring, saw the Trojans go up 11-9 following senior middle blocker Szilard Kovacs' fourth block of the game. But the Aztecs scored the next four points, the last two on service aces by Marbach, to go ahead 13- 11. After the Trojans scored a point, SDSU junior middle blocker Tom Hunter got a kill and a solo block to end the match.

    Hunter had a total of 22 kills and five blocks. USC got 21 kills and five blocks from Kovacs.

    USC ends a four-match homestand on Saturday (Jan. 31) against UC San Diego at 7 p.m. in the North Gym.