USC Men's Volleyball Opens 2013 Versus Canadian Teams|
Jan. 2, 2013
The USC men's volleyball team, which has advanced to the NCAA Final Four 3 times in the past 4 years, begins its 2013 season with home exhibition matches against a pair of Canadian universities this Thursday (Jan. 3) and Friday (Jan. 4) as part of a 4-team event.
The Trojans host British Columbia-Okanagan on Thursday at 5 p.m. in a match that follows the 3 p.m. Cal State Northridge versus Alberta match. Both of Thursday's matches are in the Galen Center Pavilion (practice courts).
All matches on both days are free.
USC returns 4 starters and the libero from last year's 24-6 team that won its second consecutive Mountain Pacific Sports Federation regular season title. Among the returnees is setter Micah Christenson, the 2012 National Newcomer of the Year, junior libero Henry Cassiday, who joined Christenson as a 2012 All-American second teamer, sophomore middle blocker Robert Feathers, the 2012 National Blocker of the Year, and junior opposite hitter Tanner Jansen. The Trojans, ranked ninth in the 2013 American Volleyball Coaches Association pre-season poll and No. 7 in the MPSF pre-season rankings, have just 5 upperclassmen on their 23-man roster.
British Columbia-Okanagan, currently 2-17, is in its second full season of Canadian Interuniversity Sport competition, the highest level of post-secondary athletics in the country. In its debut last season, the Heat made the Canada West playoffs.
Alberta, currently 12-0 and ranked No. 1 in Canada, has won 6 CIS championships, most recently in 2009. The Golden Bears were 27-13 last season.
CSUN, No. 12 in the 2013 AVCA pre-season poll and eighth in the MPSF pre-season rankings, went 12-18 last fall.