No. 5 Southern California Sweeps No. 14 Hawaii On Road
HONOLULU, Hawai'i - Three Trojans--Tony Ciarelli, Murphy Troy and Tri Bourne--each had double figures in kills to help the No. 5-ranked USC men's volleyball team to a crucial 30-26, 30-18, 30-23 victory over No. 14 Hawaii in a Mountain Pacific Sports Federation match on Friday (April 17) in Honolulu.
USC, which improved to 17-9 overall and 13-8 in the MPSF, snapped a season-long 3-match losing streak.
The Trojans also jumped into a fourth place tie with Stanford in the MPSF standings by virtue of the Cardinal's home loss to UC Irvine on Friday. Because USC holds the tiebreaker over Stanford, if the Trojans defeat Hawaii in their regular-season finale on Saturday (April 18) or if Stanford loses to UCLA at home on Saturday, USC will capture the No. 4 seed in the upcoming 8-team MPSF playoffs and thereby will host a 7 p.m. quarterfinal match against the No. 5-seeded Cardinal on April 25. Otherwise, Stanford will gain the No. 4 seed and host No. 5-seeded USC on April 25.
Hawaii dropped to 8-18 overall and 5-16 in the MPSF. Saturday's match will be the final one for Warriors coach Mike Wilton, who recently announced his retirement after 17 years guiding Hawaii.
USC outhit the Warriors, .346 to .136.
Ciarelli had 20 kills and 6 digs, Troy added 18 kills while hitting .455 and Bourne--a Hawaii native--had 12 kills and 11 digs. Fellow Hawaii native Riley McKibbin had 51 assists and 10 digs and Luke Morris had 11 digs.
For Hawaii, Joseph Strotman had 13 kills.
After trailing 13-11 in the first set, USC scored 7 of the next 9 points to forge a lead it never relinquished. With the second set tied at 5-5, the Trojans tallied 11 of the next 14 points to gain control while hitting .515. USC broke a 14-14 tie in the third set by rolling off 6 consecutive points and kept that edge the rest of the way while hitting .400.
Article courtesy of Southern California athletics.