No. 7 USC Men's Volleyball Comes Back To Win At No. 9 Long Beach State|
March 20, 2015
The No. 7-ranked USC men's volleyball team--behind 19 kills from Christopher Orenic--fought back for a 21-25, 25-19, 14-25, 25-19, 15-10 victory at No. 9 Long Beach State in a Mountain Pacific Sports Federation match on Friday (March 20) at Long Beach.
USC improved to 12-7 overall and 10-6 in the MPSF. It was USC's seventh 5-set match of 2015 (its most since 2010) and the fifth win in those matches.
LBSU fell to 12-10 overall and 8-9 in the MPSF.
Orenic hit .359 in the match. Teammate Larry Tuileta added 11 kills and 11 digs, Micah Christenson had 12 digs and 3 blocks, Andy Benesh had 7 kills and 6 blocks and Brooks Varni had a career-best 14 digs. USC used a number of lineup combinations throughout the match, including inserting Tommy Leonard at middle blocker midway into the third set and he responded with 5 kills (hitting .714) and 3 blocks.
John Larusch led LBSU with 17 kills (hitting .324) and 9 digs, while Eric Ensing added 10 kills, Taylor Gregory had 9 kills and 8 blocks and Curtis Stallings Dan Glamack each had 11 digs.
USC outhit the 49ers, .238 to .197, and had more digs (57 to 51) and blocks (12.5 to 10.5), while LBSU had more aces (5 to 2).
After falling behind 4-0 to open the match, USC tied the first set at 14-14, but Long Beach State then scored 4 of the next 5 points to go up 18-15 and gain all the lead it needed. USC roared back in the second set, breaking a 10-10 tie by outscoring the 49ers 5-1 to build a 15-11 lead and the Trojans weren't threatened the rest of the way while hitting .552. Troy led 4-1 in the third set, but LBSU then went on a 9-1 run to go ahead 10-5 and the 49ers steadily pulled away. In the fourth set, USC scored 6 out of 7 points to forge a 10-5 lead and LBSU couldn't catch up. USC opened a 4-2 lead in the fifth set and continued to build on it to capture the match
USC now returns home to the Galen Center for a pair of MPSF matches that will be shown live on Pac-12 Networks, first against No. 8 UC Santa Barbara on March 27 at 8 p.m. and then versus No. 12 UCLA on March 28 at 7 p.m. in a match that will have Crosstown Cup points on the line.