Jan. 31, 1998
No. 16 USC Defeats UC San Diego, 3-0
LOS ANGELES -- Senior middle blocker Szilard Kovacs had a match-high 16 kills to help the No. 16 USC men's volleyball team snap a five-match losing streak and defeat UC San Diego, 15-6, 15-8, 15-5, at the North Gym on Saturday night in front of 190.
It was also the first Mountain Pacific Sports Federation victory for the Trojans (8-7 overall, 2-5 NCAA), who improved to 1-4 in the conference, and their first home win in five tries. UC San Diego fell to 1-5, 0-4.
Kovacs also had five blocks and hit .520 as the Trojans hit a season-high .563 as a team. Freshman outside hitter Ryan Thurlow, making his first collegiate start, had 14 kills and hit .526.
The Tritons were led by senior outside hitter Ryan Woods' 13 kills, but they hit just .129 as a team.
USC broke out to an 11-0 lead in game one, primarily because of Triton hitting errors and Trojan blocks. UC San Diego made it 13-6 before USC ended game one.
It was tied, 5-5, in game two before the Trojans went on a 5-0 run to make it 10-5. Then, USC went ahead 12-8 and scored the next three points to finish game two.
Game three saw the Trojans go ahead early again, but the Tritons pulled within two points at 7-5. USC then scored the next eight points, three on kills by freshman outside hitter Trevor Julian, to end the game and the match.
USC next travels to rival UCLA on Wednesday (Feb. 4) at 7 p.m.