Men's Volleyball
    USC Men's Volleyball Wins Can-Am Challenge

    Oct. 20, 2008

    The USC men's volleyball team won all 4 of its matches to capture the 13th annual Husky Energy Can-Am Challenge in Alberta, Canada, on Oct. 17-18.

    The Trojans, who became the first NCAA team to have an undefeated record at the tournament since 2003, helped the NCAA win its first Can-Am Challenge in 5 years. The 4 NCAA schools (USC, Stanford, Pepperdine and Indiana-Purdue Fort Wayne) posted a 10-6 match advantage over the 4 Canadian Interuniversity Sport teams (Alberta, Trinity Western, Saskatchewan and Montreal) in the pre-season tourney.

    USC setter Riley McKibbin was named the tournament's NCAA MVP, while outside hitter Murphy Troy made the All-Tournament team.

    On Friday (Oct. 17), USC defeated Montreal, 25-15, 25-20, 25-15, behind the play of Troy, and then beat Saskatchewan, 26-24, 25-21, 25-21, as Troy had 11 kills, Luke Morris had 10 digs and McKibbin dished 37 assists.

    On Saturday (Oct. 18), the Trojans snapped Alberta's 17-match winning streak in the Can-Am tourney with a 25-22, 25-14, 17-25, 16-25, 15-10 victory as Troy, Sean Dennis and Tony Ciarelli each had 13 kills. Later in the day, USC defeated Trinity Western, 31-29, 25-19, 25-14, led by Hunter Current.

    The Trojans host an Alumni match on Saturday (Oct. 25) in the Galen Center, then go to Honolulu to play in the Hawaii Fall Tournament on Nov. 7-8 to round out their pre-season schedule. They then open their 2009 season at the Outrigger Hotels Invitational in Honolulu on Jan. 9-10.