No. 5 Southern California Snaps 14-Match Losing Streak at No. 9 BYU


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LOS ANGELES, Calif. - The No. 5-ranked USC men's volleyball team-behind Murphy Troy's match-high 28 kills-snapped a 14-match losing streak to BYU with a 30-21, 25-30, 30-27, 30-27 victory over the No. 9 Cougars in a Mountain Pacific Sports Federation match on Friday (Feb. 6) in USC's Galen Center.

USC-whose last win over BYU came in 2001-improved to 6-2 overall and 3-1 in the MPSF.  BYU dropped to 5-5 overall and 3-2 in the MPSF.

Troy hit a blazing .610 and also had 9 digs and 2 aces.  Freshman Tony Ciarelli added 18 kills for the Trojans, while Luke Morris had a match-best 14 digs, Sean Dennis had 9 kills and 8 digs and middle blockers Austin Zahn and Hunter Current each posted 9 kills with 3 blocks.

For BYU, Mat Taylor had 18 kills (hitting .438) and a team-leading 4 blocks, while Andrew Stewart had 16 kills.

USC hit .387 overall to BYU's .293 and the Trojans had more digs (39 to 29), but USC had a season-high 28 serving errors.

The first set was tied at 13-13 before USC gradually pulled away while hitting .552 and serving 4 aces.  BYU overcame an early 7-2 deficit in the second set and then gained control after breaking a 21-21 tie, aided by 5 blocks, 10 digs and 8 USC serving errors.  The Trojans bounced back in the third set, opening up a 16-12 lead and holding on despite a late Cougar surge that saw them pulled to within 26-25 (USC hit .455 in that set).  USC jumped out to a 4-0 and then 7-2 lead in the final set and the Cougars could never get closer than 2 points to the Trojans, who outhit BYU in the set, .341 to .094, while recording 16 digs and 4 blocks.

The teams meet again in another MPSF contest on Saturday (Feb. 7) at 7:30 p.m. in the Galen Center.

Article courtesy of Southern California athletics.

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