No. 4 BYU Men's Volleyball Comes Back To Beat No. 5 USC In 5 Sets

    Micah Christenson

    Feb. 1, 2014

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    Josue Rivera had 15 kills and Taylor Sander added 14 kills to help the No. 4-ranked BYU men's volleyball team come back to beat No. 5 USC in 5 sets, 16-25, 25-22, 15-25, 25-20, 15-10, in a Mountain Pacific Sports Federation match on Saturday (Feb. 1) at USC's Galen Center.

    BYU improved to 7-3 overall and 7-1 in the MPSF. USC fell to 5-3 overall and 4-3 in the MPSF.

    Lucas Yoder had a match-high 23 kills for USC, while Cristian Rivera added 12 kills and 3 aces, Alex Slaught had 11 kills, Andy Benesh had 6 blocks and Henry Cassiday had 17 digs.

    BYU's Rivera and Sander each had 8 digs, while Tyler Heap added 5 blocks.

    The Trojans outhit the Cougars, .261 to .233.

    USC broke open the first set by scoring 7 of 9 points to get a 14-9 lead and the Trojans kept pulling away while hitting .600 and serving 3 aces. In the second set, BYU went on a 3-0 run to forge a 12-9 edge, then built it to 23-18 , but had to hold off the Trojans, who closed to 23-22. Troy got out to a 10-6 lead in the third set and kept building on it while hitting .536. BYU came back from an early 5-1 deficit in the fourth set to tie it at 10-10 and then slowly pulled away from USC while hitting .324. The Cougars went on a 5-0 run to build an 8-3 lead in the final set and USC could never catch up.

    USC stays at home next week for a pair of MPSF matches in the Galen Center, first hosting No. 9 UC Santa Barbara on Thursday (Feb. 6) at 7 p.m. and then top-ranked UCLA on Sunday (Feb. 9) at 6 p.m. in a match that will be shown live nationally on Pac-12 Networks.