Freshmen Lead No. 10 UC Irvine's Over No. 11 Southern California


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Los Angeles, Calif. - Freshmen Cory Yoder and Kevin Wynne posted career-highs in kills to help lead the Anteaters to a 3-1 (30-28, 30-26, 27-30, 30-24) victory over No. 11 USC at the Galen Center Friday.

The score was tied 26-26 in game one when two Trojan attack errors gave UCI the 28-26 advantage. An Anteater service error was followed by a kill by Taylor Wilson to give UCI match point, 29-27. A UCI attack error delayed the victory until Cory Yoder pounded a kill for a 30-28 game one win. The largest lead of game one was two points.

UCI built a 6-3 lead on consecutive kills by Wilson, Anthony Spittle and Yoder and led the rest of the way taking the second set 30-26. Wilson put away seven kills in game two.

Game three was all USC with the Trojans winning 30-27. USC opened the game on a 5-0 spurt. Murphy Troy sparked the Trojans with five kills.

The Anteaters opened game four on a 6-2 run. USC closed within 19-18, but the Anteaters rattled off four straight to give UCI a 23-19 cushion. The Anteaters won the game 30-24 and the match 3-1. USC hit .152 in the final game, while UCI hit .361.

UCI has won two in a row, evening its record to 5-5 overall and 3-3 in the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation. USC goes to 4-5 and 3-3 in league play.

Junior Taylor Wilson led UCI with 19 kills, but freshman Cory Yoder and Kevin Wynne shined posting career nights. Yoder recorded a career-high 16 kills, hitting .469 (16-1-32), while Wynne hit .533 (9-1-15), pounding a career best nine kills. Wynne and senior Aaron Harrell led the team with six blocks. Freshman Kevin Carroll added 12 kills and libero Brent Asuka had a team-high 13 digs. Freshman Anthony Spittle tallied 57 assists, while Jon Steller came in game four and had three kills.

Juan Figueroa paced the Trojans with 20 kills, while Troy Murphy recorded 17 kills. Setter Jimmy Killian totaled 50 assists and a team-high seven blocks. The Trojans out-blocked UCI 16-12.5.

Article courtesy of UC Irvine athletics.

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