No. 7 USC Men's Volleyball Beats Grand Canyon In 5 Sets

    Alex Slaught

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    Jan. 7, 2015

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    Alex Slaught had 16 kills to lead the No. 7-ranked USC men's volleyball team to a 23-25, 25-15, 25-21, 33-35, 15-9 non-conference win at Grand Canyon in the 2015 season opener for both squads on Wednesday (Jan. 7).

    Christopher Orenic added 14 kills, 7 blocks and 3 aces for the Trojans, while Robert Feathers had 11 kills and 5 blocks, Brooks Varni had 13 digs and Chris Lischke had 8 blocks off the bench filling in for Andy Benesh, who sprained an ankle early in the first set.

    For GCU, Jon Schaefer had 20 kills while hitting .474 and added 8 digs, while Ryan Maier had 15 kills and 8 digs, Christian Ward and Ashton King each had 7 blocks and Kyle Miller had 11 digs.

    USC served 7 aces and hit .256 to Grand Canyon's .173.

    USC couldn't hold a 13-9 lead in the first set, as GCU crept back to tie it at 19-19 and then scored 5 of the next 7 points to gain control of the set. The Trojans jumped out to a 4-0 and then 10-4 lead in the second set and never looked back. Troy held a 5-2 lead in the third set, but GCU later used a 5-0 run to go up 18-17 before USC restored order by scoring 8 of the set's final 11 points. USC could close out the marathon fourth set despite holding 18-13 and 24-22 leads. The Trojans were in control for the entire final set, leading 8-6 at the turn and then steadily pulling away for the victory.

    USC returns to action on Jan. 16 when it opens Mountain Pacific Sports Federation play by hosting Pepperdine at 8 p.m. in the Galen Center.