No. 4 Southern California Sweeps No. 9 UC San Diego


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LOS ANGELES, Calif. - Tony Ciarelli had 11 kills and Murphy Troy added 10 kills to help the No. 4-ranked Southern California men's volleyball team sweep No. 9 UC San Diego, 30-25, 30-26, 30-27, in a Mountain Pacific Sports Federation match on Saturday (March 28) at Southern California's Galen Center.

The Trojans-playing their final regular-season home match of 2009-improved to 15-6 overall and 11-5 in the MPSF, giving Southern California its most league wins since 2000.  The Tritons, who defeated Southern California earlier this month, fell to 10-12 overall and 6-11 in the MPSF.

Ciarelli hit .625 and also served 3 aces.  Hunter Current had 7 blocks for the Trojans, while teammate Steven Shandrick added 5 blocks while making his first career start.

For UCSD, Frank Fritsch had 12 kills and 3 aces, Gerald Houseman added 10 kills while hitting .588 and Jason Spangler had 8 digs.

The first two sets were both tied at 14-14 when Southern California used mini-runs to open up leads that they never relinquished.  The Trojans hit .357 and had 7 blocks in the first set, then hit .423 and served 3 aces in the second set.  Southern California got out to a 10-7 lead in the third set and, aided by 15 digs, were not threatened by the Tritons in that set.

Southern California closes out its 2009 regular season with 6 consecutive road matches, beginning with a visit to No. 12 UC Santa Barbara on Wednesday (April 1) in a 7 p.m. MPSF contest.

Article courtesy of Southern California athletics.

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