No. 5 Stanford Men's Volleyball Defeats USC

    Brooks Varni
    March 24, 2016

    Final Stats

    BOX SCORE

    Conrad Kaminsk1 had 11 kills while hitting .611 and he added 10 blocks to lead the No. 5-ranked Stanford men’s volleyball team to a 25-16, 25-23, 23-25, 25-20 win over unranked USC in a Mountain Pacific Sports Federation match on Thursday (March 24) in Palo Alto.

    Stanford improved to 16-3 overall and 14-3 in the MPSF. USC had its season-best 2-match winning streak snapped while falling to 6-15 overall and 4-13 in the MPSF.

    Lucas Yoder had 18 kills (hitting .389) to lead the Trojans, while teammate Alex Slaught added 14 kills while hitting .500 off the bench and Brooks Varni had a match-high 12 digs.

    Gabriel Vega and Madison Hayden each tallied 9 kills for Stanford, with Vega adding 3 aces and Hayden getting 5 blocks.

    USC outhit the Cardinal, .292 to .253, but the Trojans had 27 serving errors and Stanford served 10 aces. Stanford also had more blocks, 14.0 to 6.0

    Stanford opened up a quick 4-2 lead in the first set and steadily increased its edge throughout the set while hitting .333 and serving 4 aces. It was more of the same in the second set, as the Cardinal moved out to an early 4-1 lead and, although USC hit .367 and pulled within a point late in the set, the Trojans were never able to catch all the way up. USC used a 4-0 run in the third set to go up 12-10 and held off the Cardinal the rest of the way as Troy hit .360. Stanford got back on track in the fourth set while hitting .375, building a 6-3 lead and USC was unable to get closer than within a point of the Cardinal from then on.

    USC returns to action on Saturday (March 26) when it visits No. 6 Pepperdine at 7 p.m. PT in an MPSF contest.