No. 8 USC Men's Volleyball Sweeps At No. 14 Stanford.

    Alex Slaught
    April 4, 2015

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    Alex Slaught had a match-high 16 kills while hitting .483 to lead the No. 8-ranked USC men's volleyball team to a 25-23, 25-22, 25-18 sweep at No. 14 Stanford in a Mountain Pacific Sports Federation match on Saturday (April 4) in Palo Alto.

    USC improved to 15-8 overall and 13-7 in the MPSF. The Trojans have 2 remaining MPSF matches, both against Cal Baptist (April 16 away and April 18 at home), and if they can win those they will be the No. 4 seed of the MPSF Tournament and host a quarterfinal match at the Galen Center on April 25. First up, though, USC hosts non-conference foe Concordia of the NAIA on April 7 at 7 p.m. and then have an alumni exhibition match on April 11 at 6 p.m., both in the Galen Center.

    Stanford fell to 10-14 overall and 7-11 in the MPSF.

    USC hit .362 in the match to Stanford's .267.

    Adding 7 kills each for USC were Robert Feathers (hitting 1.000), Andy Benesh (hitting .429) and Josh Kirchner. Benesh also had 6 blocks. Micah Christenson had 7 digs and 3 aces and Brooks Varni also had 7 digs.

    For Stanford, Gabriel Vega had 11 kills, Madison Hayden added 9 kills, 4 blocks and 3 aces, Evan Enriques had 8 digs and Daniel Tublin had 7 digs.

    The first set was tied at 20-20 before USC tallied the next 2 points to gain all the cushion it needed to close out the set. The Trojans got out to a quick 4-1 lead in the second set and Stanford could never catch up as Troy hit .364. It was another fast start for USC in the third set, starting off 5-1 and again the Cardinal could never overcome the deficit while the Trojans hit .520.