USC Men's Volleyball Outlasts No. 9 Pepperdine In 5 Sets|
Feb. 18, 2017
Lucas Yoder had 21 kills, 12 digs, 5 blocks and 2 aces to help the unranked USC men's volleyball team hang on to upset No. 9 Pepperdine in 5 sets, 30-28, 25-12, 22-25, 23-25, 15-10, in a Mountain Pacific Sports Federation match on Saturday (Feb. 18) at USC's Galen Center.
USC improved to 5-9 overall and 4-7 in the MPSF. It was the Trojans' first back-to-back victories of 2017 and both came against Top 10 teams, as Troy swept No. 6 Stanford on Thursday. Last month, USC lost in 5 sets to the Waves.
Pepperdine dropped to 6-5 overall and 4-4 in MPSF play.
For Pepperdine, David Wieczorek had 18 kills and 10 blocks, Colby Harriman had 14 kills, Clay Carr had 11 blocks, Mitchell Penning had 8 blocks and Alex Harthaller had 7 digs.
Neither team hit at a high rate, as USC finished at .227 and Pepperdine at .155. USC had 8 aces and 51 digs to the Waves' 33 and 3, but Pepperdine had 23.5 blocks to Troy's 9.5.
The Trojans were again without recent junior college transfer Gianluca Grasso, a starting outside hitter who missed his third consecutive match with an ankle sprain.
Pepperdine went on a 7-point run in the first set to go up 14-7, but USC crept back to tie it at 22 and then won it in overtime on a Yoder kill followed by a Moss ace (the Trojans' fourth ace of the set). USC jumped out to a 9-1 lead in the second set and the Waves were never able to make a dent as Troy hit .350 in the set. The third set was tight until Pepperdine went on a 4-0 run to move up 21-17 and the Waves held off the Trojans while getting 8.0 blocks in the set. USC scored 3 straight points to build a 9-7 lead in the fourth set and Troy built it to 19-16 before Pepperdine tied it at 19-19 and then the Waves scored 3 in a row to go up 23-21, all they needed to finish out the set while adding another 6.0 blocks. USC went on a 4-point run in the fifth set to forge an 11-7 margin and were not threatened the rest of the way (the Trojans hit .529 in the set).
USC next begins a 4-match road trip with a pair of MPSF matches next week, first at No. 14 Cal State Northridge on Wednesday (Feb. 22) and then at No. 2 Long Beach State on Friday (Feb. 24), both starting at 7 p.m. PT.