No. 8 USC No Match For Dayton And The Flyers


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Los Angeles, Calif. - Senior Jared Dayton hit .500 with 18 kills and only two errors to lead the Flyers to a dominating 30-24, 30-27, 30-22 sweep at No. 8 USC.

The win is the second over the Trojans in Lewis history, but first on the USC campus. Lewis' other victory came on the neutral court of Penn State in 2004.

Dayton, a southern California native, also had four digs and two block assists. More importantly he seemed to single-handedly respond every time the Trojans tried to put a run together. In addition to Dayton's solid match, freshman Brian Muesenfechter started and set career highs with 12 kills and seven digs. He also recorded three block assists. Juniors Drew Pickering and Billy Sahagian had impressive nights also. Pickering notched nine kills, five digs and three blocks (one solo). Sahagian hit .583 with eight kills and four block assists. Sophomore Mike Iandolo tallied 43 assists, six digs, two blocks (one solo) and two kills.

The Flyers used a 6-2 run in the opening game to turn a one-point deficit into a 9-6 advantage. The Flyers led till the Trojans tied it a 21, but Lewis never let USC grab the lead. An attack error by USC's Troy Murphy and a kill by Iandolo gave a two-point lead back to Lewis. USC scored only two more points as Lewis finished the Trojans off with kills by Dayton and Muesenfechter.

A Dayton kill gave the Flyers an 8-5 lead in game two, but the Trojans tied it up at 10, 11, 13, 14 and 16. USC grabbed a lead at 17-16 and 18-17 but both times Dayton responded with a kill to tie it up again. USC took a 20-18 lead but after a USC service error it was Dayton again, tying it back up at 20. The game was back and forth down the stretch with both teams responding each time the other grabbed a lead. No team took a two-point lead until a kill by Muesenfechter and an attack error by USC's Andrew Vernon gave the Flyers a 29-17 lead. A USC timeout couldn't slow down the Flyers as a USC attack error on the next point gave Lewis the game and a 2-0 advantage. The score was tied 18 times during the game.

Lewis jumped out to a 3-0 edge in the third game thanks partially to a kill by Dayton and an ace by Iandolo. Up by three at 13-10, the Flyers pulled away with a 4-0 run to take a seven-point lead. Sahagian had a kill and Iandolo had a solo block during the run. The Trojans advanced within two at 21-19, but a Muesenfechter kill and Iandolo's second ace all but put it away for Lewis. A kill by Pickering on match point gave Lewis the victory. The Flyers hit .419 to USC's .098, notched 6.5 blocks and 14 digs in the final game.

For the match, Lewis out-hit (.422-.224) and out-blocked (10.5 to 4.5) USC. USC's Juan Figueroa had 17 kills.

The victory improves the Flyers to 12-6. USC falls to 9-10. The Flyers return to conference play on March 12 with a match at Loyola-Chicago.

Article courtesy of Lewis athletics.

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