UCLA Men's Volleyball Downs USC In 4 Sets

    Aaron Strange
    Jan. 20, 2017

    Box Score


    Jake Arnitz had 20 kills while hitting .450 to lead the No. 2-ranked UCLA men's volleyball team to a 25-20, 23-25, 25-20, 25-22 win over unranked USC in a Mountain Pacific Sports Federation match on Friday (Jan. 20) in Pauley Pavilion.

    UCLA improved to 6-1 overall and 4-0 in the MPSF, while USC fell to 2-5 overall and 1-3 in the MPSF.

    Lucas Yoder had 15 kills for USC, while Woody Cook added 13 kills and 7 digs and Aaron Strange had 11 kills, 4 blocks and a match-leading 17 digs.

    Arnitz also had 6 digs and 4 blocks, while Daenan Gyimah had 10 kills (hitting .444), Mitch Stahl had 9 kills, 8 blocks, 5 digs and 3 aces and Jackson Bantle had 14 digs.

    UCLA hit .309 in the match to USC's .208 and the Bruins had more blocks (13.0 to 7.0).

    In the first set, UCLA scored back-to-back points move out to an 11-9 lead and the Bruins steadily pulled away while hitting .524.  USC built an 11-6 lead in the second set but UCLA caught up at 18-18 and went up 21-19 before the Trojans regained the momentum with a 3-point run to go up 23-22 before a Yoder kill and a Bruin hitting error finished out the set despite the Bruins' 4.5 blocks and 15 digs.  UCLA scored the third set's first 6 points and USC couldn't catch up.  The Bruins used a 4-0 run to go up 18-15 in the final set, a margin USC was unable to overcome.

    USC, in the midst of a 5-match road trip, now goes to No. 10 Stanford on Jan. 26 for an MPSF match that will be shown live at 7 p.m. on Pac-12 Los Angeles and Pac-12 Bay Area.