USC Men's Volleyball Falls To No. 13 Penn State In 5 Sets

    Lucas Yoder
    Jan. 7, 2017

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    Despite a career-best 33 kills from Lucas Yoder, the unranked USC men’s volleyball team fell in 5 sets to No. 13 Penn State, 30-32, 25-14, 21-25, 25-23, 15-11, on the second day of the AVCA Showcase – Big Ten/Pac-12 Challenge in Columbus, Ohio, on Saturday (Jan. 7).

    Yoder’s 33 kills were 3 shy of Brook Billings’ USC rally scoring era match record of 36.

    USC, which lost on Friday (Jan. 6) in the tourney’s first day in 4 sets to top-ranked and defending NCAA champ Ohio State on the Buckeyes’ home floor, fell to 1-2 overall. Penn State is 1-1.

    Yoder hit. .509 overall and added 9 digs. Teammate Aaron Strange had 12 kills and 6 digs, Andy Benesh had 11 kills while hitting .588 and Matt Douglas had 6 digs.

    For Penn State, Calvin Mende had 25 kills (hitting .525) and 5 blocks, Chris Nugent added 22 kills (hitting .395), Aiden Albrecht had 13 kills and 5 blocks, Royce Clemens had 14 digs and Luke Braswell had 9 digs.

    Penn State outhit USC, .371 to .308, and the Nittany Lions had more digs (40-31), blocks (14.0-9.0) and aces (5-2).

    USC trailed 9-5 in the first set before scoring 7 of the next 9 points to go up 12-11 and soon after the Trojans built a 14-12 lead, but Penn State tied it at 19-19 and the score remained close until PSU served for the set at 25-24 and then USC recovered to serve 6 set points before a Strange kill and a Nittany Lion hitting error ended it as both teams hit .405. Penn State never trailed in the second set while hitting at a .611 clip and going up 17-6 mid-set. USC went on a 5-0 run in the third set to built a 16-12 lead and PSU never could recover. In the fourth set, USC was up 12-8 before Penn State started to come back, tying the score at 13-13 and then going up 23-21, all the lead it needed to close out the set. After getting the fifth set’s opening point, the Trojans never led again, falling behind 8-3 at the turn and unable to catch up the rest of the way.



    After its season-opening 3-match road trip, USC now begins its home schedule next week, as the Trojans open Mountain Pacific Sports Federation play in the Galen Center against No. 4 Long Beach State on Jan. 11 and No. 14 Cal State Northridge on Jan. 14, both at 7 p.m. PT.