No. 12 USC Men's Volleyball Sweeps Concordia|
March 24, 2017
Gianluca Grasso had 20 kills while hitting .455 and he added 8 digs to lead the No. 12-ranked USC men’s volleyball team to a 25-22, 25-23, 25-19 non-conference sweep over Concordia on Friday (March 24) in USC’s Galen Center Pavilion.
USC won its season-best fifth consecutive match to improve to 11-12 overall, while Concordia fell to 17-10 on the year.
For Concordia, Jonathon Predney had 11 kills and 9 digs.
USC hit .357 in the match to Concordia’s .237.
USC went on a 9-point run early in the first set to forge a 13-4 lead before Concordia slowly crept back, but the Eagles were unable to catch up as Troy hit .400. Concordia used a 4-0 run to go up 15-11 in the second set, but USC knotted it at 20-20 and then scored the set’s final 2 points, punctuated by a set-ending ace by Woody Cook. The Trojans scored 3 straight points to build a 12-9 lead in the final set, all the edge they needed to close out the match while hitting .379.
For the sixth consecutive match, USC rested its top hitter, Lucas Yoder, who has an abdominal strain.
USC now hosts an exhibition match against a Trojan alumni team on Saturday (March 25) at 4 p.m. PT in the Galen Center Pavilion, then returns to Mountain Pacific Sports Federation play next week when it welcomes crosstown rival No. 6 UCLA to the Galen Center on March 29 at 7 p.m. PT.