No. 8 USC Men's Volleyball Beats No. 11 Hawaii In 4 Sets

    Henry Cassiday

    Feb. 20, 2014

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    Tanner Jansen had 20 kills while hitting .395 and Lucas Yoder added 18 kills with a .371 hitting percentage to lead the No. 8-ranked USC men's volleyball team to a 25-17, 15-25, 25-14, 25-22 win over No. 11 Hawaii in a Mountain Pacific Sports Federation match on Thursday (Feb. 20) in USC's Galen Center.

    USC improved to 8-5 overall and 7-5 in the MPSF. The Rainbow Warriors dropped to 9-5 overall and 7-4 in the MPSF.

    The teams meet again in the Galen Center on Saturday (Feb. 22) in a 7 p.m. MPSF match that will be televised live nationally on Pac-12 Networks.

    In Thursday's victory, USC hit .328 overall to Hawaii's .218 and the Trojans had more blocks, 13.5 to 7.0.

    Micah Christenson and Henry Cassiday, who joined Maddison McKibbin as 3 Hawaii natives in the USC starting lineup, had 18 and 13 digs, respectively. Christenson also had a match-best 6 blocks.

    For Hawaii, Brook Sedore had 14 kills, Sinisa Zarkovic had 13 kills and 11 digs and Joby Ramos had 12 digs and 2 aces.

    USC jumped out to a quick 8-2 lead in the first set and was never threatened while hitting .480 and getting 5.0 blocks and 13 digs. The tables turned in the second set as Hawaii used a 6-0 run to build a 14-6 lead and USC could never catch up as the Rainbow Warriors notched 4.0 blocks and 3 aces. USC regained control in the third set with a 7-0 run that