No. 8 USC Men's Volleyball Sweeps No. 11 Hawaii

    Micah Christenson

    Feb. 22, 2014

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    Tanner Jansen had a match-high 13 kills and Tommy Leonard added 8 kills and 4 blocks to lead the No. 8-ranked USC men's volleyball team to a 25-22, 25-20, 25-18 sweep over No. 11 Hawaii in a Mountain Pacific Sports Federation match on Saturday (Feb. 22) in USC's Galen Center.

    USC, which beat the Rainbow Warriors on Thursday (Feb. 20) in 4 sets, improved to 9-5 overall and 8-5 in the MPSF. The Rainbow Warriors dropped to 9-6 overall and 7-5 in the MPSF.

    Jansen hit .348 and had 5 digs. Teammate Andy Benesh had 7 kills while hitting .700 and he added 5 blocks. Lucas Yoder and Maddison McKibbin also had 7 kills for the Trojans, while Henry Cassiday had a match-best 10 digs.

    For Hawaii, Sinisa Zarkovic had 11 kills and Taylor Averill added 8 kills while hitting .545 and he had 4 blocks.

    USC hit .378 to Hawaii's .194. The Trojans also had more blocks (11.5 to 8.5) and digs (30 to 18).

    USC, which trailed 14-11 in the first set, tied the set at 14-14 and soon after scored consecutive points to go up 19-17 to gain control while hitting .394 and getting 3.0 blocks. The Trojans tallied back-to-back points to open a 12-10 lead in the second set and steadily pulled away while hitting .500. In the third set, USC went on a 4-0 run to build an 8-4 lead and was never threatened while making 5.5 blocks.

    USC now goes on the road for a pair of MPSF matches, at Cal Baptist on Feb. 26 and then at No. 2 BYU on Feb. 28.