No. 5 Southern California Sweeps NJIT
LOS ANGELES, Calif. - Getting contributions from nearly its entire roster, the No. 5-ranked USC men's volleyball team easily swept New Jersey Institute of Technology, 30-19, 30-28, 30-17, in a non-conference match on Saturday (March 14) in USC's Lyon Center.
The Trojans improved to 13-5 overall to already tie last season's win total (the most since 2001) with 9 regular-season matches still to be played. The Highlanders fell to 3-13.
USC used only four of its regular starters in the match and they played just the first set. Eleven Trojans who have seen limited or no action in 2009 played in the match. Matt Pavlovich had 10 kills and 2 aces while hitting .471 to lead USC off the bench. Tyler Stevens and Steven Shandrick added 6 kills each and Brad Keenan had 6 digs.
USC outhit NJIT, .375 to .076, and the Trojans also served 8 aces and had 31 digs.
Raphael Mattos led NJIT with 11 kills (hitting .412) and 7 digs, while Amobi Armstrong added 9 kills.
The Trojans got out to a quick 5-2 lead in the first set and slowly pulled away while hitting .429. NJIT held a brief 18-16 lead in the second set, but then with the score tied at 24-24, USC scored 2 consecutive points to gain control. The Trojans went up 9-4 in the final set and were never threatened while hitting .500 and serving 6 aces.
USC next returns to Mountain Pacific Sports Federation play when it hosts No. 3 Pepperdine on Thursday (March 19) in the Galen Center at 7 p.m.
Article courtesy of Southern California athletics.