No. 2 Long Beach State Men's Volleyball Sweeps Shorthanded No. 14 USC|
Feb. 24, 2017
TJ DeFalco had 14 kills while hitting .550 to lead the No. 2-ranked Long Beach State men’s volleyball team to a 25-17, 25-12, 25-15 sweep over shorthanded No. 14 USC in a Mountain Pacific Sports Federation match on Friday (Feb. 24) in Long Beach.
Long Beach State improved to 15-2 overall and 11-1 in the MPSF. USC had its season-best 3-match winning streak snapped while falling to 6-10 overall and 5-8 in the MPSF.
USC played without starting outside hitter Lucas Yoder, the nation’s kills and points leader, who was nursing an abdominal strain. The Trojans’ other starting outside hitter, Gianluca Grasso, didn’t enter the game until the third set after missing the previous 4 matches with an ankle sprain.
Kyle Ensing added 9 kills for the 49ers while hitting .562 and he had 5 blocks. Amir Lugo-Rodriguez had 8 blocks.
LBSU hit .524 to USC’s .096 and the 49ers had more blocks (11.5 to 3.0), digs (22 to 16) and aces (6 to 1). Long Beach State went on a 6-point run in the first set to go up 16-10 and cruised in the rest of the way. The 49ers scored 5 of the second set’s first 6 points and were never threatened. With the third set tied at 9-9, LBSU scored consecutive points to open up a 2-point margin that it continued to build.
USC next travels to play at No. 4 Hawaii for a pair of matches, the first one an MPSF contest on March 2 and then a non-conference match on March 3.