No. 7 USC Men's Volleyball Sweeps UC San Diego To Snap 4-Match Losing Streak

    Josh Kirchner
    March 4, 2015

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    Josh Kirchner, in his first match back after missing the previous two with an ankle injury, had a match-best 11 kills and 5 blocks to help the No. 7-ranked USC men's volleyball team snap a 4-match losing skid by sweeping UC San Diego, 25-19, 25-13, 25-16 in a Mountain Pacific Sports Federation match on Wednesday (March 4) in USC's Galen Center.

    USC, which began the season with a 7-0 record, is now 10-5 overall and 9-5 in the MPSF. UCSD fell to 1-14 overall and remains winless in its 11 league matches.

    USC hit .427 in the match to UCSD's .072 and the Trojans served 6 aces and had 29 digs.

    Robert Feathers added 9 kills for the Trojans while hitting .462 and Micah Christenson had 3 aces and 5 digs.

    For the Tritons, Tanner Syftestad had 9 kills.

    USC jumped out to a quick 3-0 first set lead with Christenson serving and steadily pulled away while hitting .414 and getting 11 digs (UCSD hit .269). The Trojans got out to another fast start in the second set, opening a 4-1 edge that it extended throughout while hitting .435 with 10 more digs (the Tritons hit .000). It was more of the same for USC in the final set, as it got out to a 3-1 lead, then upped it to 10-4 and 15-5 while again Troy hit .435 and UCSD hit .000.

    USC now takes a break from MPSF play when it hosts No. 15 Penn State of the Eastern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association on March 10 at 7:30 p.m. in a match that will be shown live on Pac-12 Networks and then the Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association's Lindenwood on March 12 at 7 p.m., both in the Galen Center.