No. 11 Southern California Nets 3-0 Win Over Pacific


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Stockton, Calif. - Murphy Troy had 15 kills, C.J. Schellenberg added 14 kills and Juan Figueroa had 12 kills to lead the No. 11-ranked USC men's volleyball team to a 30-28, 30-23, 30-26 sweep at Pacific in a Mountain Pacific Sports Federation match on Wednesday (Jan. 16).

USC, which has beaten the Tigers twice now in the past three weeks, improved to 3-3 overall and 2-1 in the MPSF. Pacific remained winless in 2008 at 0-5 and 0-3.

Troy hit .400, Schellenberg hit .522 and added 6 digs and Figueroa had 5 digs. Jimmy Killian contributed 6 blocks, Andrew Vernon had 5 blocks and Luke Morris had 7 digs.

The Trojans outhit Pacific, .394 to .283.

For Pacific, Jeff Hendershot had 11 kills, 7 digs and 4 blocks, while Jason Borchin had 11 kills, Pekka Seppanen had 10 kills and Simon Chen-Byerley had 10 kills while hitting .533.

USC broke a 26-26 tie in the first game on a block and then a kill by Troy, and the Trojans were able to hold the lead. USC trailed 4-6 in the second game before going on a 4-0 run behind a kill and then an ace by Austin Zahn and a pair of combo blocks by Vernon and Killian; from there, the Trojans were never threatened. The third game was tied at 17-17 before a Pacific serving error and an ace by Troy gave the Trojans the cushion they needed.

USC next plays at No. 6 Stanford on Friday (Jan. 18) at 7 p.m. in another MPSF match.

Article courtesy of Southern California athletics.

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