Men's Volleyball
    Three Prep Standouts Sign With USC Men's Volleyball
    Riley McKibbin, Murphy Troy and Austin Zahn signed with the USC men's volleyball team.
    Riley McKibbin, Murphy Troy and Austin Zahn signed with the USC men's volleyball team.

    Nov. 13, 2006

    Three standout men's volleyball players-Riley McKibbin from Punahou High in Honolulu, Hi., Murphy Troy from St. Louis (Mo.) University High and Austin Zahn of Redondo Union High in Redondo Beach, Calif.-have signed letters of intent to play with USC, Trojan head coach Bill Ferguson announced today.

    McKibbin, a 6-3 setter, led his team to 3 straight Division I state titles (2004-2006; boys volleyball is competed in the fall in Hawaii). He was a 2006 Mizuno Volleyball Magazine All-American honorable mention pick as a junior. He made the 2005 Honolulu Advertiser All-State first team and was on the state All-Tournament team. In 2006, he also competed at the FIVB U19 Beach World Championships and won a gold medal at the USA Volleyball Junior Olympics U18 Beach Championships. As a sophomore in 2004, he was a Honolulu Star Bulletin All-State second teamer as Punahou won the state crown. He made the 2004 USA Volleyball Junior Olympics 16 Open All-Tourney team as his Outrigger Canoe Club team finished second in the tournament.

    McKibbin, who also was a 2006 All-Interscholastic League of Honolulu Division II first team basketball player, has a pair of relatives who played volleyball at USC: his uncle, Owen McKibbin (who lettered in 1983-84-86-87, as the Trojans finised second at the NCAA Championships his final 2 seasons), and his aunt, Claudia McKibbin (a letterwinner on the Women of Troy's 1980 national championship team).

    Troy, a 6-7 outside hitter, was a starter on the 2006 USA Volleyball Boys' Youth National team that won a silver medal at the NORCECA World Championship qualifier in the Dominican Republic. He made the 2006 St. Louis Post-Dispatch All-Metro first team as a junior. His brother, Phinney, is a sophomore offensive tackle at Missouri.

    Zahn, a 6-8 middle blocker, made the 2006 Mizuno Volleyball Magazine All-American second team, All-CIF Division I second team, Los Angeles Times All-Star second team, South Bay Daily Breeze All-South Bay first team and All-Bay League as a junior when he posted 367 kills and 100 blocks (Redondo was the CIF Division I runner-up). He also was a member of the 2006 USA Volleyball Men's Junior National Team. As a sophomore in 2005, he was an All-Bay League first teamer, a member of the USA Volleyball Boys' Youth National Team and made the USA Volleyball Junior Olympics 16 Open All-Tourney team (his Riptides club team placed third). He won a gold medal at the 2004 USA Volleyball Junior Olympics U16 Beach Championships.

    His brothers played college basketball: Andrew at Arizona in 2002 and Biola in 2003 (he's now playing professionally in Japan) and Adam, currently a senior at Oregon.