No. 6 Southern California Dominates Pacific in Sweep

1/24/2009

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LOS ANGELES, Calif. - Murphy Troy had a match-high 13 kills while hitting .455 to lead the No. 6-ranked USC men's volleyball team to a 30-13, 30-22, 30-25 sweep over Pacific in a Mountain Pacific Sports Federation match on Saturday (Jan. 24) in USC's Galen Center.

USC improved to 5-1 overall and 2-0 in the MPSF.  The Trojans are off to their best start since 2000 (when they also began 5-1) and their 5-match winning streak is their longest since a 6-match string in 2001.
       
Pacific dropped to 2-6 overall and 0-3 in the MPSF.
       
The 60 total points scored by Pacific were the fewest allowed by USC in a 3-set match since the rally score era (30-point sets) began in 2001.  The previous low was the 63 points recorded by Hope International just 2 matches ago this year.
       
Pacific's 13 points in the first set were the least given up by the Trojans in a 30-point set since UC Santa Cruz scored 12 in 2003.  It was also the least ever against USC by an MPSF opponent in the rally score era.
       
Freshman Tony Ciarelli added 10 kills for the Trojans, teammate Luke Morris had a match-leading 9 digs and Austin Zahn had 8 kills and 3 aces.
       
For Pacific, Jason Borchin had 6 kills, 7 digs and 2 aces, while Joe Forbes had a match-best 4 blocks.
       
USC hit .333 overall to Pacific's .043 and the Trojans had more digs (37 to 21) and aces (8 to 2).  But the Tigers outblocked USC, 7.5 to 5.
       
USC jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the first set and steadily extended the margin while hitting .333 and serving 5 aces (Pacific had just 4 kills in that set).  The second set see-sawed until the Trojans opened up a 17-13 edge and they pulled away by hitting .516 and getting 16 digs.  USC broke open a 9-9 tie in the third set by scoring 4 of the next 5 points and wasn't threatened the rest of the way.
       
USC next visits No. 4 Pepperdine on Friday (Jan. 30) at 7 p.m. in an MPSF contest.

Article courtesy of Southern California athletics.

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