Troy Leads No.12 Southern California To Win Over Hawai'i

3/21/2008

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Los Angeles, Calif. - Murphy Troy had a career-high 32 kills to lead the No. 12-ranked USC men's volleyball team to a 30-22, 24-30, 30-26, 30-24 win over No. 13 Hawaii in a Mountain Pacific Sports Federation match on Friday (March 21) at USC's Galen Center.

USC snapped a four-match losing streak to improve to 10-12 overall and 7-9 in the MPSF, while Hawaii fell to 9-11 and 6-9.

Troy hit .460 and had 12 digs, while teammate Juan Figueroa added 20 kills, 17 digs and 5 blocks, Hunter Current had 10 kills (hitting .600) and 6 blocks and Tri Bourne-making his first career start-had 20 digs. The Trojans had a season-high 69 digs.

For the Warriors, Jim Clar had 16 kills and 6 blocks, Joshua Walker had 12 kills, Matt Rawson had 9 blocks and Ric Cervantes had 15 digs.

The first game seesawed early before USC scored back-to-back points to go up 12-10 and the Trojans steadily pulled away while hitting .410 in the game. The tables turned in the second game as Hawaii broke a 15-15 tie by scoring a pair of unanswered points and USC could never overcome the deficit. The Trojans jumped out to a 5-1 lead in the third game and Hawaii could never catch up. After trailing throughout the first half of the fourth game, Hawaii knotted the score at 17-17 but USC quickly regained control and pulled away.

The teams play again on Saturday at 7 p.m. in the Galen Center in another MPSF match.

Article courtesy of Southern California athletics.

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