No. 8 Stanford Men's Volleyball Sweeps USC On Road

    Jon Rivera
    Jan. 26, 2017

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    Kevin Rakestraw had 9 kills while hitting .615 and added 6 blocks to lead the No. 8-ranked Stanford men’s volleyball team to a 25-19, 25-17, 25-20 sweep over unranked USC in a Mountain Pacific Sports Federation match on Thursday (Jan. 26) in Palo Alto.

    Stanford improved to 5-2 overall and 2-0 in the MPSF. USC lost its fourth straight match to fall to 2-6 overall and 1-4 in the MPSF.

    The Trojans were without their top player, Lucas Yoder, who was out with a sprained ankle suffered in practice this week. But USC did get a contribution from their newest player, junior college transfer Gianluca Grasso of Brazil, who joined the team earlier this week. He had 6 digs, 2 aces and 2 kills off the bench.

    Three Trojans each had 8 kills: Andy Benesh while hitting .615, Jon Rivera (hitting .385) off the bench and Woody Cook (along with 4 digs).

    Gabriel Vegas added 6 kills and 2 aces for the Cardinal, while Stephen Moye had 5 blocks, Jordan Ewert had 9 digs and Evan Enriques had 6 digs.

    Stanford hit .304 and had 11.0 blocks, while USC hit just .070 and had only 2.0 blocks. The Trojans had 27 attack errors and 14 serving errors.

    Stanford went on a 6-point binge to open a 16-10 lead in the first set and was never threatened. In the second set, the Cardinal scored 4 of 5 early points to go up 7-4 and built the lead to 17-11 before USC clawed back to within 18-16, the closest Troy would get. Stanford got out to a quick 4-1 lead in the final set and the Trojans were never able to catch up.

    USC next concludes its 5-match road trip when it visits No. 9 Pepperdine on Saturday (Jan. 28) at 2 p.m. in an MPSF match.