No. 1 UCLA Men's Volleyball Sweeps No. 5 USC

    Micah Christenson

    Feb. 9, 2014

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    Gonzalo Quiroga had 15 kills while hitting .625 and added 6 digs and 2 aces to lead the top-ranked UCLA men's volleyball team to a 25-20, 25-23, 25-19 sweep over No. 5 USC in a Mountain Pacific Sports Federation match on Sunday (Feb. 9) before 1,300 fans at USC's Galen Center.

    UCLA improved to 10-2 overall and 7-1 in the MPSF, while the Trojans fell to 6-4 overall and 5-4 in the MPSF.

    Tanner Jansen led USC with 16 kills, while Lucas Yoder added 11 kills and Micah Christenson had a match-high 10 digs.

    Robart Page added 10 kills, 5 blocks and 2 aces for UCLA, while teammate Trent Kersten had 8 blocks.

    UCLA hit .372 to USC's .306 and the Bruins outblocked (12.0 blocks to 3.0) and outserved (7 aces to 2) the Trojans. USC had 31 digs to UCLA's 22.

    UCLA went on a 6-0 run to open a 17-13 lead in the first set and finished off the Trojans by hitting .545 in the set (to Troy's .407) and getting 4 aces and 4.0 blocks. In the second set, USC came back from a 10-7 deficit to tie it at 15-15 and then went up 18-17 before the Bruins pulled ahead for good at 22-21. The Trojans had a 5-0 run early in the final set to forge a 7-5 lead, but the Bruins quickly caught up and then scored 4 of 5 points to build an 18-13 margin and were never threatened while hitting .364 and getting 5.0 more blocks.

    USC now goes on the road for a pair of 7 p.m. MPSF matches, first at No. 9 and 2-time defending NCAA champion UC Irvine on Feb. 13 and then at UC San Diego on Feb. 14.